We first stayed at the York & Albany hotel in Camden, London almost 5 years ago when it hadn’t been opened very long. Located on the edge of Regents Park, it’s a great place to stay if you’re looking for somewhere a little out of the city but still within close proximity to where the action is!
There are 9 hotel rooms from a classic room all the way up to the suite. For this stay, we were booked into the Primrose Hill Deluxe Room.
We arrived a little earlier than check in (which is 3pm) and our bags were safely stored whilst we ventured around Camden for the afternoon.
After we’d eaten and drank our way around Camden, we made our back to the hotel and up to our room. There was a huge four poster bed with period antiques including an enormous wardrobe and chest of drawers. What I was really surprised to see was a decent hairdryer – a GHD one at that…plus some GHD hair straighteners which was an added bonus. The bathroom was ‘down stairs’ and included some Green and Spring toiletries. Our room looked out onto a little courtyard which unfortunately was in the shade during the time we were at the hotel. I can imagine a glass or two of wine being drunk out there.
We didn’t mention this to the staff as it wasn’t a massive bother – there’s a coffee machine in the room. However…the cup and saucer provided are way too small for the amount of liquid that comes resulting in an overflowing cup!
If I was going to be super fussy, I think the hotel rooms could do with a little bit of investment in some TLC – nothing majorly bad, we just noticed it looked a little tired around the edges in places.
We opted to eat at the hotel at their #TuesdayLive night. This is an acoustic session with two pizzas made in their wood burning oven for a rather great deal of £15. We were given two free Bellini’s at the bar which were delicious and welcoming on such a warm evening.
The restaurant was absolutely heaving for a Tuesday night and we were lucky that I’d booked a table. Our waiter, Anthony was brilliant – he was very attentive without being intrusive and made sure he understood JB’s cow’s milk intolerance. The pizzas were delicious. I opted for the prosciutto, peppers and rocket whilst JB had the pepperoni which was served with buffalo mozzarella for him. We also had a portion of chunky chips which were light, crispy and fluffy.
After thinking we couldn’t eat any more, Anthony then presented us with a dessert platter. This contained miniature versions of the red berry jelly, eton mess, chocolate nemesis and some buttermilk ice-cream. Very difficult to pick a favourite in that selection!
The restaurant has different offers on most evenings including wine, steak and burger nights.
A continental breakfast was included in the room rate. There was plenty to choose from including croissants, porridge, fruit salad and granola. However…I spotted that they had my all time favourite, Eggs Benedict so I upgraded for an extra £5. I really didn’t need it after everything we’d eaten the night before but it was SO good!
Overall, we had a great stay at the York and Albany and wouldn’t hesitate to book there again. Hopefully it won’t be another 5 years until we visit again!
Where’s your favourite place to stay in London?