Amazing York eco pods take top spot in national awards (as city is revealed as hotel hotspot)

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21 Mar 2017 @ 7.25 pm
| Business

In a city filled with hotels, it takes a lot for the accommodation to stand out.

But the glamping pods run by York Holiday & Cycle Stop are like nothing else – and guests just love them.

That much is borne out by the fact that the business – based at Holtby, just to the east of the city – have been named Best Countryside Hotel in Britain.

It won the title in the Simply The Guest 2017 awards, run by thanks to glowing customer reviews.

Opened in 2015, York Holiday & Cycle Stop’s pods come with two single beds, which can be made into a king, a warm heating system, full insulation and an electric kettle, secure cycle storage and free wifi.

One of the bedrooms

The owners are understandably pleased. They posted on Facebook:

We’re really overjoyed to know our guests enjoy their stays so much and we’d love you to come and experience glamping near York with us.

Luxurious winner

One of the Principal’s rooms, complete with view of York Minster. Photograph: Tim Winter

It wasn’t the only York hotel to score highly.

The Principal York (previously the Royal York) took the UK’s Best Hotel Interiors in the awards, and was named at number four in the Best Luxury Hotel.

It follows a major restoration which saw the Principal’s lobby, reception, Garden Room and 159 bedrooms and suites revived by interior architects Goddard Littlefair as a paean to Victorian grandeur.

General manager Richard Mansell said:

“We’re beyond delighted to be named as having the UK’s Best Hotel Interiors – not only is it a win for the hotel but also for the city of York and tourism in the region.

Hotel hotspot

One of York’s newer accommodation additions, the Hotel Indigo. Photograph: YorkMix

The news comes as York is named as a hotel hotspot.

The city has come second, moving up four places from last year, in Colliers International’s latest UK Hotels Market Index. Topping the league was Chester.

The index is an analysis of 34 locations across the UK, ranked to determine the ‘hotspots’ for hotel development and acquisition across the country.

York’s lofty position is helped by a positive revenue per available room (RevPAR) trend.

Director of hotels agency at Colliers International’s Leeds office Peter Bean said: “The data in our second report reveals the ever-changing nature of the UK hotels market. York has really upped its game in the last year to make it into the top five.”