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The Grand Hotel & Spa, York

The Grand Hotel & Spa

Romantic and intimate, The Grand Hotel & Spa offers a luxurious experience in the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company. Built in 1906, this peaceful retreat located alongside York’s city walls has been returned to the glamour of the Edwardian period.

Highlights include the hotel’s elegant guest rooms and suites, which have a refined, yet welcoming ambience. Some suites even offer views of the city and historic York Minster. In addition, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant and opulent spa are fantastic places to unwind. With a focus on attentive service, Hudson’s restaurant offers classical British dishes prepared with seasonal produce. The hotel stands out for its afternoon tea selection, offering many variations on the traditional experience.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Every spacious guest room at The Grand Hotel & Spa has been carefully designed with guests’ comfort in mind. All stylish rooms feature modern conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, TVs, Egyptian cotton bed linen, mini-fridges and luxury tea and coffee. The rooms also contain elegant bathrooms with sunken bathtubs. Furthermore, some of these individually designed rooms feature unique features such as porthole windows with widespread views of York.


Located along York’s medieval city walls, The Grand Hotel & Spa is within minutes of the city’s main cobbled streets, which are lined with enticing restaurants and boutique shops. The hotel offers a sweeping panorama of the city with views of York Minster in the distance. It's ideally positioned to enjoy all of the city’s major attractions. 

Food and drink

The award-winning Hudson’s Restaurant serves traditional dishes and decadent desserts based around local produce. The restaurant also offers whimsical Mad Hatter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon teas featuring themed sweets. The Whisky Lounge stocks over 100 bottles of single cask, limited edition and rare whisky from around the world and offers monthly tasting sessions. 

Facilities and activities

The Grand Hotel & Spa takes pride in its state-of-the-art sanctuary located within the hotel’s atmospheric vaults. With an emphasis on renewal and rejuvenation, the spa includes an air-conditioned gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Nordic dry sauna and aromatic steam room. The spa also offers an array of treatments including facials, soothing body wraps and holistic massages.

Our opinion

Grand in name and grand in nature, this is a prestigious hotel which offers excellence in every aspect.

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