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WHAT WE LOVE...

As York's only five-star hotel, The Grand is well-named. The red-brick Edwardian building, across the road from the station, has all the pomp of the headquarters of the highly successful North Eastern Railway Company, which it once was: grand staircase, wide corridors, lofty ceilings. Bedrooms - with around a third of the 207 rooms in a newer wing - are spacious and creamy with a contemporary, understated style. Families are made particularly welcome - lots of treats - plus there's a spa and cookery school and excellent concierge service. With a crowd-pleasing restaurant, terrace, whisky snug, plus a VIP lounge, it has all the ingredients for an indulgent city-break.

THE DETAILS

Location

The hotel is halfway between the architectural grandeur of the Minster and the mighty machines of the National Railway Museum, so culture and fun are both satisfied.

The Grand is a short stroll from York station, just inside the old city walls and 10 minutes from the popular Shambles shopping area.
By car: the hotel is 40 minutes from Leeds, 1 hour 30 mins from Manchester and 4 hours 10 mins from London. There is limited paid parking on-site and an NCP car park a few minutes' walk away. The concierge team can arrange a discounted ticket.
By train: London Kings Cross to York takes around 2 hours. The station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Anyone who likes big hotels that still retain a grand style and personality - it's probably not for quirky boutique lovers or minimalists. We love the feeling of space, despite the fact it's a 207-room hotel, with its long, wide corridors, high ceilings and thick oak doors leading to lofty ceilinged rooms.

Service & Facilities

Find a quiet corner in the snug and contemplate the 60-odd strong list of whiskies - largely single malts but with a good selection of American whiskies too. Dogs are welcomed with a dog basket and bowl, and can sit with owners in the lounge at mealtimes.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Cookery school
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet-friendly

Rooms

Rooms on the higher-level floors have the best views, either to the Walls or over rooftops towards the Minster. All are American-style spacious so feel relaxing, and the black-and-white photographs of York help lift a sometimes bland décor.

Classic Rooms, Executive Rooms, Heritage Suites, Grand Heritage Suites, The Penthouse Suite
Facilities include: king size bed, ensuite with bath and/or shower, Molton Brown toiletries, spa access, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, water, room service

Food & Drink

The heated terrace with its igloo dome makes dining al fresco a real possibility - and with glimpses of the Walls. Breakfast has a good, set-you-up-for-the-day cooked selection including full vegetarian and vegan options as well as pancakes, eggs how you want and, of course, the full Yorkshire.

The Rise: informal, local produce, European and British dishes, open kitchen, terrace for outdoor dining. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains from £16.
The 1906 Bar: vintage decor, cocktails, champagne, fine wines, premium spirits, whisky menu, local ales, bar snacks. Open every day.

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