The stunning £25m hotel opened in May 2010 following the extensive refurbishment of the Grade II* listed former North Eastern Railway headquarters – regarded as one of York’s most iconic Edwardian buildings
The building was originally constructed in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ for what was then one of the most powerful public companies in the country. Now 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.
Having already won many plaudits and awards – including its prized 5 star status and two Rosettes from the AA in November 2011 - The Grand is now looking to a glittering future with the hotel’s new owners, Splendid Hospitality Group, recently submitting ambitious plans to the City of York Council as part of a proposed £15 million, 2 year redevelopment.
Building on the success of the past 5 years, Splendid Hospitality Group are set to take the hotel to new heights for the benefit of both those that are visiting this wonderful city and the local community who make use of the five-star facilities as non-residents.
Maria Florou, The Grand’s General Manager commented: “The past 5 years have been fantastic for everyone involved and associated with The Grand. From the beginning when we restored and gave fresh purpose to this glorious building, right up to today as we stand at the beginning of what is going to be an extremely exciting era for the hotel, it’s been an amazing journey and a tribute to everyone who has worked here and those that are part of our current team.”
As it stands today, the hotel boasts 107 elegant guest rooms, 13 suites, The Grand Bar and Whisky Room. Dedicated conference and banqueting facilities are also available, including the aptly named Grand Boardroom.
For those seeking a little pampering and relaxation, Spa at the Grand welcomes guests with a swimming pool, spa whirlpool, Nordic dry sauna, aromatic steam room, relaxation lounge and treatment rooms.
In October of 2014, renowned Chef Craig Atchinson joined the team at the Grand as Head Chef having previously worked with TV Chef James Martin in nearby Malton. Diners in the hotel’s restaurant, Hudson’s, have already been impressed with Craig’s new, stylish menus with dishes that demonstrate flair whilst showcasing the best in Yorkshire produce.
It has certainly been an impressive initial 5 years for the hotel but the team at The Grand are confident that those that are about to follow will be even grander.