Review: Moxy hotel, York

Last summer when we were just gingerly coming out of lockdown, Dave and I went down to York for the night just to get a change of scenery. We don’t often stay overnight with it being so close but threw caution to the wind on this occasion. I mean, it was the first time we’d been away after over 18 months. We found the Moxy hotel on It had good reviews, and was relatively new and worked out at about £90 a night, which didn’t feel too extortionate. After all, it seems difficult to get a Premier Inn under £100 these days.

Moxy Is about a 20 minute walk away from the station but only a stones throw away from the Shambles so is really centrally located. Moxy is a subsidiary brand of Marriott and they market themselves as young, trendy, hipstery type places with lots of bright colour and neon.

Check in was easy and the lads on reception were dead helpful. Our room was small and basic but with everything you need considering you don’t actually spend that much time in the room. It was colourfully decorated but not overbearing and the bathroom was super swanky! When they say the room is room only, they mean room only. Other than some soap and shower gel, there’s nothing else available. Including no tea/coffee facilities in the room – always a bug bear of mine. There is however free tea and coffee in reception if you can be bothered to go down and get it.

In the communal areas, they market themselves as a bit of a social hub, with long wooden benches to sit at and socialise, plug in and do some work, or to sit and grab some bar snacks or a cocktail. They also have a small beer garden out to the side which seemed to get the sun most of the afternoon. We didn’t eat there; continental breakfast was £12.50 each which felt a bit steep to me. But there was food available if you wanted it.

On the ground floor they also have a small fitness room with weights and a few cardiovascular machines, which is always a good touch in a hotel. I’ve not been unknown to hit the gym in a hotel if it’s been staying more than a few nights, we didn’t on this trip though.

Moxy was a great base and exactly what we needed. It felt like a more upmarket Premier Inn and the staff really made the experience. It would, however like to see a few extras thrown in for the price, like tea and coffee in the room or a small breakfast available.

I’d recommend though, and would definitely stay again if we were in York over night.

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