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Its GREEN to walk!

Once you have arrived at the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel there really is no need to drive again you can take in many of the famous sites and attrations by foot.

• 0.3 miles to York Minster

• 0.3 miles to National Trust Treasure's House

• 0.4 miles to Theatre Royal

• 0.5 miles to Jorvik Viking Museum

• 0.6 miles to Yorkshire Museum & Museum Gardens

• 0.6 miles to The York Dungeon

• 0.7 miles to Cliffords Tower

• 0.8 miles to York Castle Museum

• 1 mile to York Railway Museum



Electric Charging Station

We are delighted to announce that we are 1 of 50 BEST WESTERN Hotels to have an electric charging station at our hotel. It is free to use for all residents at the hotel......happy travelling


Visit York by train

EAST COAST are offeing some amazing offers and discounts when traveling to York.  One way from London to York is from just £13 per person and a much greener way to travel.  For further information visit


Green policy

We got GOLD!


BEST WESTERN MONKBAR HOTEL KEEN ON GREEN Here at the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel we don’t just think green business - we eat, live and sleep green business! In July 2012 we became the FIRST city-centre hotel to be presented with the Green Business Tourism Scheme’s gold award – the highest possible accolade given by the organisation which promotes sustainability in the leisure and hospitality sector. 


EATS- Last November we scored another environmental first with the purchase and installation of a Waste-2-Water filtration system. This machine literally eats waste food and converts it into water, which is then simply washed down the drains. In addition to significantly reducing the amount of waste food sent to landfill, the bio enzymatic formula in the liquid then has a “cleaning” effect on the drains and sewerage system, which helps reduce the build-up of fats and solids, thus reducing the risk of sewer flooding.

The Courtyard Garden is another initiative led by the hotel’s Green Team, which has seen the creation of a small vegetable and herb garden within the enclosed courtyard.  

The herbs and vegetables – which are watered by a waste water harvesting and irrigation system - are used by the chefs in food preparation, and in turn this cuts down on the amount of produce it purchases.

Thanks to our green policies, the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel is seeing a year on year increase in the amount of cardboard and glass it recycles. This equates an impressive 2496 sq m of cardboard and over 208,000 glass bottles. Additionally, strict measures to control gas, electric and water use has resulted in utility bills being reduced by a substantial 13 per cent every year.

Locally-sourced produce is also helping to cut down on “food miles”, and a new drive to increase the number of local suppliers the hotel uses is being led by General Manager Graham Usher. 


LIVES – the hotel’s environmental policy is spearheaded by our Green Team. This staff-led committee “live” to see the hotel reducing waste, by increasing it’s recycling and improving the local environment.

It is a truly representative body, with its members being chosen by the hotel’s staff. It is made up of employees from: 






Senior Management Team 

The team meet on a fortnightly basis and report directly to the hotel’s senior team. Detailed minutes – and the resulting actions – are then fed back to the rest of the hotel staff.

The team is also active outside the confines of the hotel and has introduced regular litter picking patrols in the public car park opposite the hotel. 


SLEEP – The hotel believes guests to have a vital role to play in helping it cut down on waste. Those staying in one of the 99-bedrooms are asked to report any leaking taps, to turn off all electrical items when not in the room and to save glass bottles and cans for the hotel to recycle.

The hotel’s green credentials are not just beneficial to the environment; they are helping to boost business. The hotel has won a number of new conferences with Government departments on the strength of what it is doing to reduce its carbon footprint.

Winning the Green Business Tourism Gold Award is not the end of the hotel’s green story, it is just the beginning! We hope you’ll join in and support us on this important journey.


It's GOLD!