I booked this hotel for a two night stay from Friday to Sunday at the end of June for my girlfriend's birthday and to celebrate her recent promotion.
After reading the highly commendable reviews on TripAdvisor I thought it would be worth outlaying a little extra cash to stay in what is York's first and only five star hotel - have to say the reviews rang very true indeed and I was shocked to see that some mindless idiots had the bare-faced cheek to write a negative review of this hotel. Worth every penny. Yes there are cheaper places to stay in York, but I'd highly recommend the Cedar Court Grand and it is well worth paying the extra.
At the outset, the staff could not do enough for you, from the warm welcome from the doorman to the check in staff, bar staff and the concierge Graham managed to get us a last minute table in Piccolino when we were struggling for an evening meal on our second night, despite it being fully booked for the evening - top job!
Upon arrival we were given a very smooth check in and my girlfriend's birthday was acknowledged and we were shown to our room by the porter without haste. He explained to me the workings of the room including the taps which are a little bit tricky to operate due to the design. I booked the champagne & strawberry package which was sat in splendour on the dressing table, nicely chilled, delicious and the strawberries looked and tasted as if they were just picked that morning. Went down well with the girlfriend!
We used the spa facilities (pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna) on both evenings of our stay, ideal for relaxing after a day's walking around. The spa facilities were very clean, very pleasantly decorated and best of all, nice and quiet! We also enjoyed some delicious cocktails in the main bar before heading out in to York for dinner, again well recommended.
We didn't dine in the hotel so couldn't comment on the food as we felt that we wanted to explore York - would highly recommend The Whippet Inn for a tasty steak for dinner but book before you go. For breakfast, Georgina's Cafe does a nice 'Yorkshire Breakfast' for half the cost of the hotel equivalent.
Finally, if you wish to be a bit flash, by all means use the valet parking facility however it is £20 a day to use what is effectively driving your car to an NCP car park. We used the York commuter car park across the road from the which cost us approximately £12-13 from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon and is literally a 5 minute stroll away from the hotel main entrance.
Overall I couldn't recommend this hotel enough and we agreed we would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With stunning views of the Minster and the city’s ancient walls the Grand Hotel & Spa enjoys an enviable central location as York’s only five star hotel. Built in 1906 as one of the great railway buildings of York, the hotel’s graceful Edwardian architecture is complemented with fine dining and a luxurious spa complex that features an indoor pool and treatment rooms. All 107 guest rooms are individually designed and furnished to an extremely high specification, creating an indulgent yet unpretentious environment for both leisure and business travellers. And private dining facilities, an open air roof garden and elegant function rooms, provide a plethora of unique options for events and meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Court Grand Hotel York
- Cedar Court Grand Hotel And Spa