AWARD-WINNING luxury hostel brand Safestay has announced the official opening of its second hostel, Safestay York, following an extensive refurbishment

Safestay York www.jamesbedford.comAn interesting mix of tradition and modernity, Safestay York very much embodies the spirit of the great historical city it stands in. The hostel is located in the Grade One listed Georgian Micklegate House, originally the town house of the Bourchiers of Beningbrough. Designed by the famous architect John Carr for John Bourchier, Micklegate House was completed in 1752 and is considered today to be the most important Georgian residence south west of the River Ouse. The Bourchiers featured prominently in York society and John Bourchier was a High Sheriff of Yorkshire.

Safestay York www.jamesbedford.comIn their sensitive refurbishment of Safestay York, the designers, Black Box Interiors, have sought to preserve this sense of history. Guests staying at the 150-bed hostel feel very much part of the locale, situated right within the city walls, and while the design pays homage to the building’s grand historical past, the interiors are contemporary.

Safestay York www.jamesbedford.comThe fittings and fixtures have been carefully selected to throw into relief the stunning room proportions and to maximise the sensation of space. The choice of whimsical furnishings and vibrant hues complement and accentuate the original features of the building, which include a Rococo ceiling and ornate Georgian fireplaces. The stunning rococo ceiling features the heads of two great British luminaries – Newton and Shakespeare – and is believed to be the work of the renowned Italian artist Cortese. There is also an original 18th century stone-flagged entrance hall and a staircase with its superb carved balusters sweeping in front of a magnificent arched window.

The designers have also brought an element of fantasy and humour to the hostel, playing with scale through the use of oversized armchairs and small individual, circular tables. Indeed, visitors could be forgiven for feeling like Alice in Wonderland as they walk past a Stags head (‘Mr Waldorf’), 18th century chandeliers, Jeeves bowler and top hat pendants and lamps, and bespoke light fittings framed by cutlery; these accompany more classical pieces such as a chesterfield sofa and a church pew.

Its prime central location means that Safestay provides the ideal base for exploring this historical city and exploring its rich Roman, Viking and Medieval heritage.

Rates start from £18 per bed per night. Private twin rooms are available from £60 per room per night. For further information visit