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The Grand Hotel & Spa

History: 
    The Grand Hotel & Spa
 in YorkHistory: 
    The Grand Hotel & Spa
 in York

History

The Grand Hotel & Spa was built in 1906 as a “Palace of Business” for the North Eastern Railway Company, which was one of the most powerful and wealthy businesses in Britain at the time. The city of York has many incredible architectural wonders with The Grand Hotel & Spa at the top.

The North Eastern Railway Company was one of four great railway companies that found its footing during the Industrial Revolution. Founded in 1854, the railway route was 720 miles long, from York up to Berwick. The growth of the company was substantial enough that by the late 1800s, the North Eastern Railway’s board decided the headquarters needed to reflect the growth of the industry and railway. Several plots opposite the original headquarters, now the offices for City of York Council, were purchased with construction beginning in 1900.

The building’s structure itself was designed by William Bell with the embellishment and interior details being worked on by Horace Field. Though there was a recession at the time, only the best materials available were used in construction. Their design work may have won them a silver medal at a 1904 exhibition in Paris. The original space was outfitted with double-glazing to keep out the noise of nearby trams and still boasts this technique as a feature. The building features high ceilings made of Belgian marble and Huddlestone stone for a light airy feel, creating a vastly impressive space with oak-paneled boardrooms, wrought-iron balustrades, garland ceiling plasterwork, carved stone flourishes, and an octagonal central hall on the first floor landing. Lofty arches and wide open spaces like corridors and doorways trademark the style to be representative of freedom and grandeur.

This stunning space was renovated and refurbished to its original splendor in its Edwardian heyday and opened as a hotel in May 2010. While the original building was a place of business, it was not meant to provide only basic functions. The impressive and intricate detailing has withstood the test of time and remains a landmark of incredible stature in a city of breathtaking architecture.

Guests of The Grand can expect a world-class spa experience, traditional English activities such as Afternoon Tea, locally sourced award-winning meals, and a trip around the historic city of York. All aspects of life in York today is linked to its storied past, revealing it to be a rich city full of life. While in town, guests can enjoy shopping at nearby Coney Street Shopping Center, entertainment such as the week-long Jorvik Viking Festival, or float along the gorgeous River Ouse in a York boat. Tours can be booked to visit the National Railway Museum or The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, also known as York Minster, for a taste of history.

The Grand Hotel & Spa has won multiple awards, including the Blue Riband 'Hotel of the Year' in 2012 at the White Rose Awards - the UK’s biggest tourism awards; Best Luxury Hotel in England in Late Rooms’ ‘Simply the Guest’ awards; and on Expedia’s 2013 Insiders’ Select List - a globally ranked system of the world’s best hotels based on the reviews of over one million guests.

The Grand Hotel & Spa, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2018, dates back to 1906.


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