The hotel opened in 1973 with the first building and now comprises a collection of six historically listed buildings. These have been restored from dereliction over the past 30 years by the Clark family and sympathetically modernised, providing a variety of styles throughout the 54 bedrooms. There are no lifts in any of the buildings; however ground-floor rooms are available (subject to availability). Facilities at the hotel include a 24-hour reception, hotel safe, bar, restaurant and conference facilities. WLAN Internet access is available, room service and laundry service are offered (both for a fee) and there is a car park for guests.
The hotel's location is tranquil yet close to all of York's main tourist attractions and businesses. The city centre and tourist centre are around 800 m away and York Minster is some 850 m away. York train station is approximately 1 km away. Other nearby attractions include the Jorvik Viking Centre, around 800 m away, the Castle Museum and Clifford's Tower, some 600 m away, and the Railway Museum, roughly 1.2 km away. Leeds Bradford International Airport is around 49 km away, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is some 65 km away and Durham Tees Valley Airport is some 77 km away.
All the rooms have an en suite bathroom and include a complimentary beverage tray and biscuits, a hairdryer, TV, radio and a direct dial phone. A double bed and central heating also feature as standard.
Guests have access to the Emperor's Fitness Centre with a gym, sun terrace (fee applies), sauna and swimming pool, as well as The Lime Tree Salon at Emperor's, which provides a full range of massage and beauty treatments (fees may apply).
The kitchen team produces tempting dishes based on local, national and international cuisine, with an emphasis on the use of locally produced fresh food. Relaxed and unpretentious, dinner is served by the restaurant team each evening in either the Conservatory or Sawmill dining room. The hotel provides ideal options for a light snack in the lounge or a full evening dinner.
American Express, MasterCard and VISA are accepted as methods of payment.
Children are welcome in the Fitness centre, though there are some restrictions for those under 18.