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York Hotels With a Pool: the COMPLETE Guide

by Helen
view from the knees down of feet dipped into a swimming pool

There are some fantastic hotels in York with a swimming pool. Some even have spa facilities – perfect for a relaxing treat after a busy day of sightseeing! Read on for a complete round-up of all the York hotels with a pool within 5 miles of the historic centre.

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As you may know, I love nothing better than staying in quirky and unusual hotels when I take a city break. Sometimes though, there really is nothing better than having a pool to come back to after a busy day of sightseeing.

I’ve tracked down all the York hotels with a pool within 5 miles of the historic city centre. The best thing is, there is something here to suit most budgets proving you don’t have to break the bank to stay in a hotel in York with a swimming pool.


  • The Grand Hotel & Spa
  • Middlethorpe Hotel & Spa
  • The Novotel York


Grand Hotel & Spa

Address: Station Rise, York YO1 6GD
Website: https://www.thegrandyork.co.uk/
Parking: yes – for an extra charge

First up, and my top choice for a hotel in York with a swimming pool, is The Grand Hotel & Spa.

Established in 1906 as a “Palace of Business,” the Grand Hotel & Spa is one of the UK’s top 5 star hotels.

Offering the best in luxury and comfort, you can choose from an impeccable suite or an elegantly designed and spacious room. The Grand also offers a range of dining and drinking options from traditional British cuisine to contemporary afternoon tea, and local ales to creative cocktails. There is also a heated garden terrace so you can enjoy being outside in that fresh Yorkshire air all year round.

The spa promises the ultimate opportunity for R&R. Hidden away in the vaults of the hotel, the Grand boasts a steam room, Nordic dry sauna, relaxation lounge and truly indulgent treatments alongside its indoor pool.

Grand by name and grand by nature, this hotel is magnificently rich and lavish. A stay at The Grand Hotel & Spa is the ultimate treat.

Check availability and compare prices for Grand Hotel & Spa:

Principal York

Address: Station Rd, York YO24 1AA
Website: https://www.phcompany.com/principal/york-hotel/
Parking: yes – for an extra charge

Still within the city walls, the next York hotel with a pool is the Principal York.

This recently refurbished and restored grade II listed building is just minutes from York’s main railway station. An imposing Victorian building with a contemporary core, its location couldn’t be more perfect for exploring the historic city of York.

Fancy a drink after a busy day touring the city? you won’t be disappointed – The Chapter House Bar & Games Room serves up local craft beers and expertly created cocktails. And if it’s food you’re after, the beautifully designed on-site restaurant offers traditional British dishes with a Yorkshire edge, all made with fresh local ingredients. Just don’t leave without trying the delicious afternoon tea in the comfortably exquisite Garden Room.

The Principal York has a gym on site which is open daily to guests. As well as cardio equipment and resistance machines, there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi and a sauna and steam room.

For Victorian grandeur mixed with clean, comfortable and contemporary style, look no further than The Principal York.

Check availability and compare prices for Principal York:



Address: Fishergate, York YO10 4FD
Website: https://all.accor.com/hotel/0949/index.en.shtml
Parking: yes – for an extra charge

For a family friendly hotel in York with a swimming pool, you’ll want to check out the Novotel.

Within a mile of York Minster and York’s main railway station, this red brick building on the banks of the River Foss offers a range of clean and modern rooms suiting a single traveller up to groups of two adults and two children.

The Novotel hosts a casual onsite restaurant serving up international dishes as well as light snacks and afternoon tea. There is also a bar area offering a range of beers, wines and cocktails.

With a 40sqm heated indoor pool for use by guests –  perfect for a morning splash to start the day off right – and video games in the lobby, the Novotel York really is a relaxed and fun hotel.

For mid-range hotel with a laid back vibe, The Novotel is a great option to consider.

Check availability and compare prices for Novotel York:

Best Western Kilima

Address: 129 Holgate Rd, Holgate, York YO24 4AZ
Website: https://www.bw-kilimahotel.co.uk/
Parking: yes

Around half a mile from York’s main train station, The Best Western Kilima is another great mid-range hotel in York with a swimming pool just outside of the city walls.

An attractive 19th century building, the Kilima was a former rectory and offers simple Victorian charm combined with modern comforts.

Wake yourself up in the morning with a session in the onsite gym or wind down after a busy day with a swim in the indoor heated pool and relax in the steam room.

The Best Western Kilima also has a cosy restaurant onsite, serving up international dishes made from freshly sourced local ingredients and, if it’s a drink you’re after, you can grab a locally brewed Black Sheep Ale from the bar area.

It might not be the fanciest option, but the Kilima has got everything you need for a pretty perfect stay in York.

Check availability and compare prices for Best Western Kilima:

York Marriott

Address: Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QQ
Website: https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/qqyyk-york-marriott-hotel/
Parking: yes – for an extra charge

The York Marriott Hotel is a beautiful 4 star overlooking York Racecourse. The location couldn’t be better if you’re off to the races, but this country-style hotel is also just a 40 minute walk or 5 minutes taxi away from York’s historic city centre.

The hotel boasts a relaxed bar and grill, serving up delicious international cuisine and a wide selection of drinks. If you need to work off some of that food, you can take a walk around the attractive grounds, challenge your partner to a match on the well maintained tennis courts or sweat it out in the onsite gym.

For those of you who prefer your city breaks a little more relaxing, then get yourself booked into the spa for a calming treatment or go for a swim in the indoor heated pool.

Set within 5 acres of stunning landscaped gardens, the York Marriott is the perfect antidote to a busy day of city sightseeing.

Check availability and compare prices for York Marriott:

Middlethorpe Hotel & Spa

Address: Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 2GB
Website: https://www.middlethorpe.com/
Parking: yes – for an extra charge

Built between 1699 – 1701, this stunning country house was built for Sir Thomas Barlow so that he may establish himself as a country gentleman. One of the National Trust’s Historic House Hotels, it has been lovingly restored to its former glory with the interiors, furniture and paintings all chosen to be in keeping with the period of the house.

Next to York Racecourse and just 2 miles from the historic centre, this hotel boasts 20 acres of its own landscaped gardens and offers a fantastic change of pace after a busy day of sightseeing. Each room is uniquely decorated, and the attention to detail will allow you to lose yourself completely in a bygone era.

It’s not just about the period charm, however. There are some very welcome modern additions to Middlethorpe Hotel which will just add to the splendour of your stay. Housed within the Edwardian cottages opposite the hotel, there is a health and fitness spa – home to a large swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Indulge yourself with a luxury treatment and make the most of your relaxation time with a meal and drinks in the Club Room.

Speaking of food, whilst you’re here it would be a shame not to eat in the panelled restaurant overlooking the gardens – a restaurant that has been awarded two AA rosettes and has been named Restaurant of the Year twice in the ‘Visit York’ awards. If the weather allows it, you can also dine al fresco on the south facing terrace.

A countryside retreat just minutes from the city – if you love period luxury, book yourself a stay at Middlethorpe Hall Hotel & Spa.

Check availability and compare prices for Middlethorpe Hotel & Spa:

The Parsonage

Address: York Road, Escrick, York YO19 6EY
Website: https://www.parsonagehotel.co.uk/
Parking: yes – for an extra charge

The Parsonage is 15 minutes drive outside of York but I felt it was worth a mention as a final option on this list of York hotels with a pool.

Built in the early 1840s The Parsonage is a beautiful country home set in 6 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland. Retaining many of its original features, the hotel has 62 comfortably decorated rooms located in buildings around the estate. Guests can choose from a standard, superior or 4 poster room in either the Main House, the Coach House, the Cottage or the Lodge.

There are two different restaurants on the grounds of the hotel: the more relaxed Fat Abbott serving up great pub grub, and the AA Rosette Award winning Lascalles Restaurant offering a stylish culinary experience.

As well as amazing food, there are also adult only spa facilities tempting you in with indulgent treatments, a 16 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna, steam room and aromatherapy salt room.

Country life with city convenience – If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, The Parsonage is the one for you.

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Well, that just about completes my round-up of hotels in York with a swimming pool close to the historic centre. Don’t forget to check the reviews on TripAdvisor before you book. I hope this guide helps you find the perfect hotel!

Which hotel will you choose? Drop me a message and let me know!

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