Rainfall showers, Nespresso coffee machines, Nutribullet blenders, and 43-inch smart TVs will feature in the rooms of a hotel planned for Micklegate.

As we reported last month, hotel operator Staycity wants to demolish buildings which house the Jinnah Restaurant, Minster Car Hire Garage and The Micklegate at 127 and build a 152-room aparthotel in their place.


Now more details of the development have emerged through planning documents.

These say the hotel is “inspired by the wit of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and curated for curious, leisure and business travellers”.

40 jobs created

These are the buildings earmarked for demolition
The £35m development would feature 122 studio hotel rooms and 30 apartment hotel rooms as well as landscaped grounds.

A shop or restaurant will open on the ground floor.

The plans say:

  • The studios and deluxe studios will feature fully equipped kitchenettes with Nespresso machines and NutriBullets.

    All rooms are fitted with a Handy guest smartphone device offering free local and international phone calls to selected destinations.

Forty jobs could be created as a result of the scheme.

‘Great addition’ to the street

This is the inside of a room at the Wilde Aparthotel on The Strand in London

A spokesman for North Star, developers of the site, said: “Attracting the Wilde Aparthotel by Staycity brand to York is a real coup.

“These proposals will regenerate a key gateway site, continuing the great improvement the street and area has undergone in recent years and acting as an economic boost to other local businesses too.”

The planning application says the hotel could add to the “vitality” of the area but says Micklegate would benefit from being pedestrianised.

It adds: “In recent years, however, the commercial operators have struggled to survive. Opportunities to provide more footfall to the area that can provide commercial longevity and increased business hours during the day should be welcomed.”

The North Star spokesman said:

  • Whilst the application has now been validated, we are currently working to finesse the design, following feedback at our recent public consultation and we have a new design team working this up now.

    We are confident that it will be a great addition to this historic street.

    We have also had significant interest from prominent local businesses who would like to expand into the new commercial space that these plans will deliver.