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The Grand Hotel & Spa

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Historic property near York station & 10 minutes' walk from main sights
  • There's a spa complex with a gym & indoor pool in the old vaults
  • The whisky bar stocks 125 varieties & holds tastings
  • Bedrooms are spacious with free Wi-Fi & bottled water


The Grand Hotel & Spa is a 5-star hotel, located close to the train station in the centre of York. The redbrick property was built in 1906 as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway and was converted into a hotel in 2010.

The hotel is within York's 13th-century city walls, a short stroll from the River Ouse. It is a 10-minute walk to York Minster, the seat of the Archbishop of York and a "true gothic masterpiece", according to Frommer's. Nearby are the Jorvik Viking Centre, a family-friendly attraction where you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Viking era, and The Shambles, a narrow old street.

Back at the hotel, Hudson's restaurant serves traditional dishes like dressed crab and Yorkshire parkin, and is "second to none", according to The Daily Mail. Ingredients such as rhubarb, cheese and beef are sourced locally, and ales from the nearby York Brewery are on tap in the adjoining bar. There's also a cosy whisky lounge, which stocks over 125 varieties and holds monthly tastings. Down in the building's old vaults, the spa complex offers a range of treatments. It has a 14-metre heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a dry sauna and a steam room. The spa is open from 6:30am until 10pm (3-9pm on Sundays) and access is free for guests.

High-ceilinged bedrooms help create a "rare sense of roominess for a city centre hotel", says The Daily Telegraph, and the bathrooms have heated floors. Despite the city-centre location, rooms are quiet thanks to double glazing. Wi-Fi and bottled water are free, and the in-room fridge can be filled with minibar items, on request. Upgrade to a Master Suite for complimentary parking and one free in-room movie per stay.

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  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


  • Valet service (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Pets: Pets allowed. Only service animals are allowed. Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Know Before You Go

  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
  • Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 20.00 for adults and GBP 7.50 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: GBP 35 per night
  • Pet fee: GBP 25.00 per pet, per stay
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: GBP 15 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 25 per day
  • Facilities fee: GBP 25 per person, per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Cash not accepted. Debit cards not accepted

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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