The Grand York – Grand by Name, Grand by Nature

We recently went to stay in the historic city of York at the Grand Hotel. How did it measure up as a potential location for Business stays in the city?

A historic hotel, located in the heart of the historic and beautiful city of York, The Grand opened its doors in May 2010 following the extensive refurbishment of the former North Eastern Railway headquarters – one of York’s most iconic Edwardian buildings. Today it is the region’s leading luxury hotel and has established a global reputation for its first-class service, stylish bedrooms and unique historic atmosphere.

The hotel boasts 107 hotel rooms, 13 of which are suites. We stayed in the Executive double room, which was cosy, yet spacious, beautifully decorated and offered stunning views of York minster and the historic City Wall. The room also benefited from a luxurious bathroom, with his and hers sinks, a marble topped bath tub and under floor heating.

There’s no such thing as a standard suite at The Grand. Each room is unique – modelled to integrate the individual, elegant and quirky features of the building.

With four bars and restaurants to choose from, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining at the Grand. We opted for The Rise Restaurant, Terrace and Bar which offers modern cuisine across a new ‘small plate’ concept. This allows guests to enjoy a feast of delicious sharing dishes. The restaurant interiors have been inspired by York’s local heritage, creating a soft industrial dining room, combined with an open kitchen, cocktail bar and heated garden terrace which is perfect for alfresco dining throughout the year.

Overlooking York Minister, Hudsons, a 3 AA rosette restaurant, offers an ever changing 9-course tasting set menu which utilizes local produce to showcase a unique contemporary cuisine.

Set in plush surroundings, The 1906 Bar offers amazing Champagne and Martini cocktail, as well as all the classics. Bar food is also available and served until late.

Boasting a fine array of bottles from around the world, the whiskey lounge is a must for any whiskey lover. Here you can relax in the snug armchairs provided and choose from over 110 bottlings aged from 10 to 52 years old.

The Spa at the Grand is set in the hotel’s vaults, where the North Eastern Railway company once stowed its millions, and offers a secluded and tranquil environment. The spa includes a gym, a swimming pool with jets, an Aromatic Steam Room, a Nordic Dry Sauna and a relaxation room, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day of discovering the delights that York has to offer. The Spa also offers tailored treatments for men, women and under 16s and poses some of the most luxurious services and products to leave you feeling de-stressed, energised and rejuvenated.

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