York & Albany
- Style Best of British
- Setting Right by Regent’s Park
York & Albany hotel keeps good company. Set right off London’s Regent’s Park, the elegant building was designed by Regency architect John Nash, while Russell Sage came up with the stylish and elegant interiors and Gordon Ramsey dreamed up the restaurant. Needless to say, it's no surprise that the rooms, restaurant and bar are all favourites of England's tastemakers.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $279.31 (£171), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (full English at £12, or à la carte).
- Facilities Deli, DVD library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, free bottled water, a selection of books and magazines and bathrooms stocked with the White Company or Green Spring products. iPod docks are available on request.
- Check–out 11am. Check-in, from 3pm.
Children Little Smiths are more than welcome – the hotel provides crayons and colouring paper to keep them busy. The restaurant has a menu tailored to tots.
- Also The bar and ground-floor restaurant are wheelchair-accessible, as is one of the superior rooms (Room Seven).
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The two deluxe rooms on the second floor (Rooms Eight and Nine) overlook Regent’s Park’s leafy green stretch. The suite feels like a private loft apartment, with its own separate entrance accessed from a short staircase outside. Inside, it’s decked out in neutral hues, with an art deco desk carved from syrup-brown wood, heavy pieces of antique furniture, soft silk wallpaper and a vivid red rug.
- Packing tips Some vintage threads to match the antiques; a picnic hamper for sunny days in Regent’s Park.
Food and drink at York & Albany
- Hotel restaurant The restaurant is spread across three dining areas: the bar, a ground-floor dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a sultry, ruby-red basement opposite the open-plan kitchen. Offerings are hearty and traditional, with dishes such as braised shoulder of beef with crushed turnip and red wine jus, and Bakewell tart with clotted cream.
- Dress code ‘Smart casual’ could have been invented for York & Albany – though the atmosphere is relaxed, the setting is stylish. Be as tactile as the surroundings and pair a silk-crepe shirt or vintage lace top with jeans.
- Top table Sit out on the courtyard if the sun is shining, or head downstairs to the red banquettes and watch the chefs at work.
- Last orders Dinner is dished up until 11pm Monday to Saturday (9pm on Sundays) and drinks are served in the bar until midnight.
- Room service The 24-hour room service spans the full menu during the restaurant’s opening hours, or a range of alcoholic and soft drinks during the night. You can also order snacks from the bar or grab some very upmarket takeaway pizzas from the hotel's pizzeria.
- Hotel bar In the 1920s, York & Albany was a pub, and the bar still has the kind of warm, relaxed atmosphere that you can keep you in your local from noon ’til night. The soothing palette of mushroom, taupe and aubergine gets a shot of drama courtesy of splashes of black – leather chesterfields and a glittering black and glass mirrored bar. On Tuesday nights, a jazz pianist tickles the ivories in the corner.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details