I asked my receptionist Helen to write an independent review
The Castle Museum by Helen 14Th July 2010
The Castle Museum is one of York’s top tourist attraction’s and in my opinion, it really deserves to be. I have memories of visiting it as a child on family holidays – I loved it then and I still love it now. I particularly like the recreation of the Victorian Street, with all the old shops and businesses for you to look around. There’s also prison cells and school rooms to explore too. The Museum regularly changes the exhibitions and always has something new and interesting to offer, because of that, it’s one of the few tourist attractions I still visit even now I live in York permanently. It’s a big museum with plenty to see, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look around. And remember, once you’ve paid to get in, your ticket remains valid for for a year, so you can go back as many times as you like to see anything you missed first time around, which makes it a real bargain!
After nearly 80 years of trading the Priory Hotel in York is rebranding to be called The York Priory. As from January 2008 we were no longer able to call ourselves a hotel as we do not provide an evening meal. We are now classed as a 4 star guesthouse. Over the years the hotel has been expanded, improved, developed and changed. After 19 years of struggling to keep a restaurant open and running we had to close it in 2003. This was a very sad decision for us but with the rising costs and yearly losses the restaurant was draining all investments and improvements scheduled for the bedrooms etc.
Now 2008 we are about to embark on our next phase of improvements and although we are sad to change the hotel name if we had stayed in the hotel branding we would have only ever been able to achieve a 1 or 2 star hotel.
We decided that York Priory is more fitting for the grand old building that has been in my family for years. We are to big to be an intimate small guesthouse and to small to compete with large hotels that are now so dominant in York.