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  • 30th Oct 2021
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Step inside The Grand – York’s magnificent city-centre hotel

Let us introduce you to one of the UK’s top five-star hotels: The Grand, York.

York’s magnificent city-centre hotel prides itself on impeccable service, with staff always going the extra mile for their guests, while its facilities speak for themselves – grandiose suites and stunning rooms, an indulgent spa, an award-winning cookery school, and a wonderful array of food and drink outlets all mean indulgence is top of everyone’s list here.

As one of the best luxury hotels in York, when visiting The Grand, guests are guaranteed to experience ultimate elegance and luxury, with a bespoke attention to detail that you’ll struggle to find in many other hotels outside of London. Tailored staycation packages will make sure you get the most from your stay here, too – whether that means access to the best attractions around York, gourmet dining in The Grand’s superlative restaurants, unwinding in wellness retreats or partying at seasonal soirées.

So while you pack your things ready for your next staycation, we’ll unpack what The Grand offers across the board…

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The Grand, York Hetitage Bedroom

The Suites

If you’re wanting to go the extra mile on your next staycation, there really is no better way to do it than by booking a suite at The Grand. Their Heritage, Grand Heritage, and Penthouse Suites offer an ultra-luxurious experience for guests, perfectly pairing modern decor and technology with old world charm and elegance.

While The Penthouse Suite enjoys panoramic views of the city in opulent, apartment-sized surrounds where you can soak away the stress in a lavish, rolltop bath overlooking York’s skyline, the Grand Heritage Suites are as spacious as they are luxurious, with retained Edwardian features and a spectacular lounge area. As for the Heritage Suites, each has an entirely unique character – being individually styled according to the original features the hotel have been able to restore – but every one provides a refined, elegant space in which to round off your day in comfort.

In any suite you choose, you can enjoy full mini-bar inclusion, complimentary in-room dining tray charge and complimentary access to The Grand’s luxury spa, housed in the building’s atmospheric former vaults. So what are you waiting for? Escape and unwind in luxury, already.

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The Rooms

Any stay at The Grand is guaranteed comfort, elegance, relaxation and indulgence – which is just what we all want from a staycation, right? So, the only question left to answer is this: which of the following rooms takes your fancy most?

The Grand’s Classic Bedrooms are designed for discerning guests looking for a stylish and comfortable base from which to do business or to simply relax in after a busy day. Their Executive Bedrooms are a little more spacious, with many offering a walk-in shower and separate bathtub. Other benefits include a Nespresso coffee machine, a fully stocked, chargeable minibar and a complimentary newspaper. While the Grand Family Rooms are designed to fit a fabulous family of four. With space for extra beds and cots, and with all The Grand’s indulgent extras, these rooms make for the perfect backdrop for families travelling to York.

Best of all, book to stay in any of The Grand’s rooms and you’ll enjoy complimentary spa access. Aaaand relax.

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The Studio Apartment

The Grand’s Studio Apartment offers a true home-from-home experience in the heart of York. Giving you the privacy, space and comfort of your own home, whilst providing the service, amenities and security of a five-star hotel, The Studio Apartment really is the best of both worlds.

Modern in design, the open-plan apartment is perfect for extended stays for up to two guests, with a cosy seating area allowing you to relax and unwind in front of your 42” flatscreen TV, whilst a fully fitted stylish kitchen with Neff and Bosch appliances are available for you to cook up a storm. On arrival, your kitchen can be stocked with a welcome hamper if required, or The Grand’s expert chefs are just a phone call away for 24-hour room service.

Enjoy access to full concierge service – including parcel delivery, grocery shopping and making arrangements on your behalf – while complimentary gym membership is also included as part of your stay, along with discounted rates at the hotel’s food and beverage outlets. Oh yes, and (of course) complimentary spa access, too. Want for nothing and enjoy as much as you’d like – this sophisticated temporary home will submerge you in luxury and indulgence.

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Drinking and Dining

From Modern British cuisine to contemporary afternoon tea in an AA Rosette restaurant, The Grand have a dining destination for every occasion.

Drinking and dining at The Grand, York - Legacy restaurant

Drinking and dining at The Grand, York – Legacy restaurant

Fine dining at Legacy

Inside Legacy, you’ll get a taste of luxury thanks to their memorable culinary experience on offer – with an indulgent eight-course tasting menu that’s been carefully curated with locally sourced ingredients and a wine pairing led by an in-house sommelier.

But what makes this dining destination so unique is Head Chef Ahmed Abdalla, who will personally greet guests and bring the delicious dishes to life by talking through some of the collaborations of flavours on the menu.

The Rise

AA Rosette-awarded The Rise Restaurant Terrace & Bar offers modern British cuisine, with locally sourced, freshly prepared dishes. With interiors inspired by York’s local heritage, The Rise has 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). The result? An immersive and social dining experience which is perfect for afternoon tea, lunchtime snacks or an evening of luxury. Committed to serving the best seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients, the menu offers a Yorkshire twist on British favourites. You can also expect local beers and ales, a hand-selected wine offering and signature cocktails.

The 1906 Bar

Sink into the comfortable loungers in the intimate 1906 Bar at The Grand and allow their expert bartenders to guide you through an extensive menu which is guaranteed to tantalise your tastebuds. From classic and signature cocktails – including Champagne and Martini cocktails – to their considerable collection of premium spirits and whiskeys, a fine array of quality lagers and Yorkshire’s finest ales and a hand-picked selection of quality wines and Champagnes, 1906 have drink serves to suit every palette.

Private dining at The Grand

Whether it’s a special anniversary, a big birthday or a baby shower, The Grand’s private dining options are perfect for celebrating with friends and family.

Host your guests in one of their stunning Edwardian event spaces, and choose a menu to suit – from fine dining to Sunday Roasts. The world of private dining, at The Grand at least, is your oyster. Or steak. Or nut roast. Or…

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The spa at The Grand, York

Housed in the atmospheric former vaults, a trip to The Grand’s secluded, tranquil spa is guaranteed to be one to remember.

Escape the daily grind as their expert therapists offer an abundance of indulgent treatments to work away every knot, tension, and flaw – think soothing body wraps and holistic massages, facials and manicures. All this, alongside access to the indoor pool, aromatic steam room, Nordic dry sauna and the indulgent relaxation lounge.

With special treatments also suitable for those in pregnancy, men and under 16s, no-one need miss out on the kind of luxury and wellness we all deserve.

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The Cookery School at the Grand, York

Sure, we can all book into a hotel and enjoy an overnight stay, some food and, if we’re lucky, access to a spa. But while The Grand overachieves in each one of these sectors, they also offer something different from your average breakaway – their award-winning Cookery School.

How often can you say you enjoyed a superb staycation and you learned a new skill too? At The Grand’s state-of-the-art cookery school, food really does become our friend and impressive culinary techniques soon become our everyday habits – so you’ll be sure to wow at your next dinner party.

Offering a variety of courses designed for everyone from novices to aspiring chefs, in everything from modern British dishes to authentic Asian cuisines, be inspired with recipes you can recreate at home.

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Built in 1906 as a ‘palace of business’ during the Golden Age of travel, The Grand has spared no expense in the pursuit of luxury and is now home to a series of quality meeting rooms, event spaces and conference facilities.

The opulent Grand Boardroom boasts stunning views across York and is perfect for large conferences or grand gala balls. Meanwhile, the panelled Chairman’s Suite offers a decadent setting for more intimate occasions. A further series of corporate rooms make the perfect setting for meetings, private dining and special occasions. Or, if you want something bespoke, you can create your ideal meeting and conference package yourself.

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It seems the sweeping staircases at The Grand were made for sumptuous wedding photography. These standout features, couples with the stunning Edwardian architecture and original features here, are guaranteed to impress and make those lifelong memories even more special.

From intimate weddings to grand affairs, The Grand have two beautiful rooms to conduct ceremonies and host wedding breakfasts, in addition to elegantly appointed bedrooms to accommodate your guests. And their dedicated and experienced Wedding Coordinator is always on hand to help you bring your visions to life – leaving you free to relax and concentrate on what’s important.

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