Not your typical Best Western property, but with the good bits left in. This hotel is on the northern side of York, on the ring road, and consequently the road outside can be a bit busy.However there is a car park to the rear of the hotel. Just don't park under the lime trees or the car is covered in lime sap come morning. Added to that, the remains of a nest, complete with contents ended up on the roof of the car and the floor after bouncing off - very messy. The car park has quite an uphill ramp to the hotel entrance, so it would be better for an elderly or infirm passenger to be dropped of level with the entrance before parking the car.
The reception was staffed by a very friendly guy when I arrived, late on a Friday night, very helpful and cheery. The room was just off the lounge area, and although the bar was still open to residents, I was too tired to contemplate a drink. A small-ish window overlooked a side property, although both shielded sufficiently by the dividing hedging reaching to the second floor. The room was standard fare, and the bathroom was well maintained, with none of the blackened or discoloured grouting in evidence. The shower was efficient and heated up quickly, and the provided towels were really very large and soft, even if they were a bit on the thin side. The bed was very comfortable, certainly better than the one I am used to sleeping in, or perhaps I was just tired.
Breakfast was standard fare, with a good choice of continental and cooked dishes. The restaurant was small, and spoiled by what seemed to be a few too many very thick pillars spread around the room, making the setting of a large table impossible, and four seat tables seemed to be relegated to the extremities of the room, with room in the middle only for two-seat tables between and around these pillars. I presume that this used to be a basement area, as the room is accessed down a flight of stairs from reception. The night porter was still on duty when I went for breakfast, and still retained his dry sense of humour after his shift, which was a notable highlight.
Even for a 10 1/2 hour stopover, this hotel was still good value, with a quiet and comfortable night. less
KILIMA, Manager at BEST WESTERN Kilima Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Martin 41339,
Thank you for your review.
I think you covered most of it so I wont drag this one on.
I do hope to see you soon and to that end don't forget to give me a call on 01904625787
for the best price.