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Le Grand Départ

Tour de York

York Hotel Staff Take Up Tour De France Cycle Challenge One year to the day that the world’s best cyclists descend on region for the Tour de France, staff from a York hotel will be undertaking their own “Grand Départ” challenge. Up to ten employees from the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel will be aiming to cycle the entire distance of the legendary race’s Yorkshire heat – some 242 miles - in just one morning! However, the task is not as gruelling as it first appears, as the team will combining their mileage to make up the distance, and they will be peddling along the relatively flat York-Selby cycleway instead of the hilly Yorkshire Dales.

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Every cup makes a difference

Marie Curie

The Monkbar Hotel is helping to fight cancer – one cup at a time! To mark the launch of its new afternoon tea menu, the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel is taking the opportunity to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The hotel, which is well-known for its support of local and national charities, is donating 25p from every afternoon tea sold to the cancer charity’s “Blooming Great Tea Party”. The charity, which is the biggest provider of hospice beds outside of the NHS, will use the money raised to provide funding for its hospices and professional nursing for cancer patients.

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Wake up & smell the coffee


BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel Guests Wake Up, Smell & Enjoy The Coffee! Guests at a York hotel are being encouraged to not only wake up and smell the coffee, but quaff its unique flavour too! For the beverage being served up by the cup and cafetier at the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel, is a blend specially created for the award-winning venue by Laurence Beardmore, of the York Coffee Emporium. The Monkbar Emporium Blend has now replaced the “household” brand served for the last 21 years, and is already proving to be a recipe for success with guests, visitors and staff alike.

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It's GOLD for the Green Team


York’s BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel has become the first in the city to win a prestigious national award for its ongoing environmental work. The 99-bedroom venue has been 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.

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Staff Dive to raise £1,250 for

Lynn & Liana Charity Skydive

Monkbar Hotel Staff Dive to raise £1,250 for charity Two members of staff at York’s BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel have reached dizzying heights to fundraise for a local children’s hospice. The two - Head Receptionist Liana Marsh and Revenue Manager Lynn Sathyan - took part in a tandem skydive in aid of Martin House Hospice for Children. The adrenalin-filled challenge, which took place above the skies of Bridlington, was a real test for the pair and helped raise £1,250 for the charity. Graham Usher, General Manager of The BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel, said: “We’re really proud of Liana and Lynn’s bravery in completing this deed for charity! They have raised a sizeable amount for this worthwhile cause, which included a donation from the BEST WESTERN Community Trust.” Lynn said: “Martin House Hospice is a superb charity and the hotel has supported it for five years now. We are happy to have been able to raise a good sum of money that will go a long way in continuing the invaluable work it does.” Over the past five years, the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel has raised more than £30,000 for Martin House, which is located at Boston Spa near Wetherby. Martin House Hospice requires £4.6m each year to function and this is sourced almost entirely from donations.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Ex

Tripadvisor award for excellence

Monkbar Hotel Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award A York hotel’s consistently good reviews on an internationally-renowned travel website has led to it being given a prestigious award. The BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel has been presented with theTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2012, which is only given to just 10 per cent of establishments listed on the site. In its commendation, TripAdvisor said: “Our travellers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognise your 4 rating as an exceptional achievement. “Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence — display yours proudly in a place where your guests can see it.” General Manager of the Monkbar Hotel, Graham Usher, said: “We are delighted to receive the Certificate of Excellence award, and we will be proud to display it in our reception “We value all guest comments, either left on websites such as TripAdvisor or delivered personally to members of the team. “It’s always pleasing to receive good comments and a real boost to the staff who work so hard delivering the customer service we are renowned for.”