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The Royal York Hotel gets on track with Virgin Trains East Coast partnership

Meeting room at Royal York Hotel
The iconic Royal York Hotel, located adjacent to York mainline rail station, has teamed up with Virgin Trains East Coast to launch a new premium package for meeting and conference delegates.   
The ‘All you can Meet’ package offers a seamless one-stop booking service for meetings at the newly-refurbished Royal York Hotel, combined with delegate rail travel on the Virgin Trains East Coast mainline.

The package, available immediately, includes a 24-hour rate at the hotel as well as rail travel and aims to take the stress out of arranging a meeting; eliminating the need to make separate reservations for meeting space, accommodation and travel for delegates. With the shortest journey time from London Kings Cross being 1 hour and 51 minutes, the hotel is conveniently located for delegates travelling from across the length of the UK.  

When booking the package with The Royal York Hotel, seats and even whole carriages can be reserved in Virgin Trains East Coast Standard and First Class. On arrival at York mainline station, delegates will be met by a representative from the hotel events team and a porter who will escort guests into the hotel for check in, which is directly accessed from Platform 4 at the station, or to their meeting room.  

Voted 2016 Hotel of the Year and 2016 Conference Venue of the Year in the Visit York Tourism awards, the 155 bedroom Royal York Hotel has a dedicated event centre which can accommodate up to 410 delegates theatre-style, 300 for a banquet, 250 for a dinner and dance and 180 cabaret-style. An additional 11 meeting and event rooms include the Oak Room, which can accommodate up to 160 delegates theatre-style.  

Outside of their meeting, delegates can enjoy the hotel’s stunning Garden Room - boasting views of the Minster - the new Chapter House Bar or the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace and make use of laptop and mobile charging points and free Wi-Fi before embarking on their return journey.  

Richard Mansell, General Manager at The Royal York Hotel, comments: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Virgin Trains East Coast to create this attractive new package for meeting organisers. As we’re located in such a convenient location for rail travellers, The Royal York is the perfect venue to hold a meeting for delegates travelling from multiple destinations, including London in under two hours.  With many of our guests travelling from the capital to meet with colleagues in the North, partnering with Virgin Trains East Coast to provide a new seamless service was a natural choice for us and we look forward to a long-standing collaboration with our new esteemed partner.”  

The partnership with The Royal York Hotel supports a wider initiative by Virgin Trains East Coast to overhaul its fleet with new seats, tables and lighting as well as upgrade its premium service offering including improved Wi-Fi and supplementary benefits for customers as part of a £21million investment.   

Kerry Holland, Groups, Leisure & Events Development Manager at Virgin Trains East Coast added, “Teaming up with The Royal York marks an important step in rewarding our business and group travellers into York with a first-class experience that fully complements the level of service and comfort on board our trains.”  

Connecting the historic city of York with London in less than two hours, Virgin Trains East Coast run half hourly high-speed services to the Capital as well as regular inter-city trains to Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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