Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016: Accommodation Highlights

What better way is there to enjoy the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) than basing yourself in the very heart of York? The city has a wealth of interesting and unique places to stay – from Victorian town house B&B’s and period boutique hotels, to fun and vibrant hostels – there is somewhere for everyone. As ASFF 2016 draws nearer, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting and well-located venues York has on offer.

Nestled in the city’s centre, and only one block away from the spectacular York Minster, Grays Court Hotel is a hidden gem. The 11th century boutique hotel offers visitors a luxurious space to stop and relax in between visiting ASFF events, wandering the Shambles and exploring the nearby cathedral and museums. The hotel also boasts an impressive, and unique, history dating back to 1080. Throughout the hotel remnants of its past can be discerned, such as the stretch of the City Wall that bounds Grays Court and which offers the only private access to the Walls in the city.

Another prime example of York’s rich history is the Guy Fawkes Inn. This city centre inn doesn’t just take the notorious plotter’s name, but it is his also his birthplace. Inside and out, the medieval character of the building is well preserved. The church of St. Michael le Belfrey, where baby Fawkes was baptised, lies just opposite the inn. Other highlights are the inn’s pub and restaurant, which serves Local Real Ales and fresh, local food, and its proximity to York’s cultural hubs such as York Theatre Royal which is also hosting key ASFF events, such as the Meet the Filmmakers Social.

Trembling Madness Luxury Holiday Apartments lie in a secret courtyard behind The House of Trembling Madness, a medieval hall and bar. This building is another prime spot for living and breathing York’s history. The rear end of the building began life in 1180 AD and is the first Norman house to be built in the city. Whether you choose The Madness Chamber apartment – which is styled as a replica medieval lodging, complete with its own ghostly visitors – or the 1960/70s kitsch-haven, Old Stonegate Gallery, you’ll get two floors to yourself filled with home comforts and entertainment.

Around the corner from York Train Station, The Royal York Hotel is a grand five-story establishment built in 1878. It sits on lawned grounds with curving paths and a fountain. Marmadukes Town House Hotel is a central, Victorian town house located just a short stroll from the City Walls. Holiday Inn also offers nearby accommodation, set in leafy grounds and is a 5 – 10 minute drive from the centre.

See the full list of establishments partnering with ASFF 2016 here:

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival runs from November 3 – 6 2016. For more information, visit

1. Courtesy of Jim Poyner. ASFF 2014.