The Hazelwood, 24-25 Portland St.; 626-548, http://www.thehazelwoodyork.com . Two elegant Victorian townhouses adjacent to the ancient city wall on a quiet side street in the center of town. Doubles from $120.
The Judges Lodgings Hotel, 9 Lendal; 638-733, http://www.judges-lodging.co.uk . Centrally located and one of York's finest examples of Georgian architecture. Doubles from $160, including breakfast.
Mount Royale Hotel, 117/119 The Mount; 628-856, http://www.mountroyale.co.uk . Two elegantly restored William IV houses run by the Oxtoby family. Some rooms overlook a manicured garden and have verandas. A 10-minute walk from the center of York. Rooms from $155, including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT:
Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms, 6-8 St. Helens Square; 659-142. Art Deco retreat for tea or meals featuring Yorkshire and Swiss specialties. Entrees $11-$20.
The Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green; 686-911. One of the oldest pubs in York. Serves hearty pub fare. Lunches $6-$10.
19 Grape Lane, 19 Grape Lane; 636-366, http://www.19grapelane.com . One of York's celebrated restaurants, serving modern British cuisine. Entrees $20-$30.
TO LEARN MORE:
Visit Britain, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 701, New York, NY 10176; (800) GO-2-BRITAIN (462-2748), http://www.visitbritain.org .
— Litty Mathew