The Grand Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A super-chic, glamorous five-star hotel with three AA Rosette-awarded dining in central YorkSampling the elegant dishes at the three AA Rosette-awarded Hudson's
- Exploring the pretty cobbled streets of York and visit the Jorvik Viking Centre to discover its fascinating roots
- Staying in central York in a five-star hotel that overlooks the historic city walls
What To Know
- It's a five-minute walk from the city centre
- At night sip cocktails at the Whisky lounge
- Guestrooms are spacious
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A stay at The Grand Hotel & Spa places you in the heart of York, walking distance from All Saints Church and Micklegate Bar. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Hospitium and York Observatory.
Make yourself at home in one of the 107 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this Edwardian hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Full breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in York? This hotel has 0 square feet (0 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms.
How to Get There
We decided to get into the festive spirit by visiting York Christmas Markets, so looked for a place to stay. As it was my wife’s birthday not long before, I thought I would combine the two and splash out a little on a nice hotel and spa. So after much searching, I opted for The Grand Hotel.
Based near the centre of everything we wanted to see, it was perfect. So whilst paying a little more than I typically would for a room, I was excited to see if it lived up to expectations....and boy, was I surprised!
This quite simply has to be one of the most well run and well managed hotels I’ve ever stayed in (and I’ve stayed in many). From the moment we pulled up we were greeted by the bowler-hat wearing valet and our car was parked for us and our luggage taken to the room. We were taken inside and then met by a lovely lady on reception who confirmed our booking....no fuss, no “sorry I don’t have you down here”, it was all efficient, professional and slick.
The room we had booked (room 316) was a “classic”, given I thought we would be spending most of the time out and about, i didn’t want to pay the extra for a suite. The Classic room was twice the size of the standard rooms in any other hotel I’d stayed at and appointed as a luxury room. Very nice indeed. The TV was a 47” flat screen HD variety and a bottle of champagne was waiting for us, chilled....nice touch! Glad I mentioned it was a birthday treat!
The bathroom and toilet were 2 separate rooms (this in a Classic!) and were very nicely done. Heated floors, heated mirrors, spotlessly clean...perfect!
The bed was super comfy and huge! The room also has a small table and 2 chairs for in-room dining. Small touches are what made this place feel special, attention to detail, like built in nightlights, lights in the fitted wardrobes, reading lamps...the small things.
We had booked breakfast and so next morning when we went down, we were taken to a seat in a lovely dining room and our waitress (Harriet) went above and beyond for us and deserves a special mention. She was an absolute delight and made us feel comfortable and welcome. We were shown where the various “stations” were for food and as it was a buffet-style breakfast, you could have as much as you wanted. Now there are hotel breakfasts and there are hotel breakfasts.... but this place was AMAZING. The choice of foods was vast and the cooked breakfast was to die for. Everything was fresh, hot and delicious. I promise you, if you eat at this hotel, you are in for a real treat!
We decided to have afternoon tea later that day, having marched around York and braved the Christmas crowds and the afternoon tea at The Grand was fantastic. Plenty of it and some real nice treats (satsuma mousse was incredible!) without being pretentious.
All in all, we had a fabulous time at The Grand and it’s now literally the top of our list for best hotels we have stayed at. We will certainly be going back and highly recommend it to anybody for a treat (the spa was amazing too, my wife had a 2hr treatment/massage and came back feeling so relaxed, she could barely stand!).
Whilst in the area, go and give the Jorvik Viking centre a visit and some of the wonderful places to eat nearby too.
I have travelled for work for 20 years, a good bit in the States and around Europe, but mostly in the UK. For the last 10 years I’ve spent 3-4 nights a week, every week in hotels in a bunch of places - mostly in England. My very favourite place had always been the Magdalene Chapter in Exeter (the old West of England Eye Hospital building - amazing - now the Hotel du Vin). My new favourite place is the refurbed and extended Grand Hotel and Spa in York. From the check-in (directed to a bank vault like side room for a very relaxed and stylish check-in process) to the rooms (high ceilings, roomy space, well appointed but not fussy), and the new restaurant and terrace (restaurant is great upper-mid-range, unfortunately terrace overlooked by the new-build malmaison next door - great spot nontheless). Very keen to explore more and come for personal stay. From a massive hotel snob - am very happy!
Absolutely amazing. The service, the quality of the food and the overall atmosphere was superb. Felt very spoiled and would definitely recommend. This was a gift for our 40th wedding anniversary and living in York my only regret was that we could not justify staying overnight.
A truly amazing conversion from the old BR headquarters in York, this is a truly 5 star hotel.
The rooms are amazing very large and spacious, we were in the new wing however and that's why my review can only be 4 stars at this time. The reason is that we were woken at 7am by the binmen and an hour later by the construction workers on the Malmaison hotel which is being redeveloped at the back of the hotel. An unfortunate occurrence I know, but one which slightly spoilt our visit.
An additional plus point was the way in which all the staff dealt with the city wide power cut that happened for a couple of hours. They were very attentive and helpful.
Concierge staff very knowledgeable and valet parked car with minimum fuss. Breakfast was excellent as were the staff in the restaurant. Lovely selection of food and beautiful fresh sour dough bread. Great cocktails in the bar, and lovely seating and ambience.