LUX Hospitality Awards 2016

LUX - Hospitality Awards 2016 19 Most Luxurious Hotel & Spa – Yorkshire & LUX Award for Wedding & Conference Facilities - Yorkshire The Grand Hotel & Spa is a stunning £25m hotel, which opened in May 2010 following the extensive refurbishment of the former North Eastern Railway headquarters – 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. Today 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. Edwardian buildings were not constructed using a template, so each of The Grand’s 107 bedrooms really is unique, each of them retaining original features and a sense of history. In the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette rated restaurant, Hudson’s, Head Chef Craig Atchinson presents Modern British cuisine with high quality and a sense of innovative flair assured. Set within the building’s former vaults, Spa at The Grand offers an array of therapeutic treatments. Thick stone walls and cast iron vault doors create a tranquil and wonderfully relaxing environment. A building is nothing without the people within it and the team at the Grand are committed to providing the very best in service and delivering it at the highest of standards. As a five-star hotel, the Grand maintains high standards, all of which put the guest at the centre. As a Yorkshire hotel, they offer something a little different – the warmth of a genuine Yorkshire welcome. Moving forward, the hotel has made plans for an impressive £15 million, two-year redevelopment, which were approved last year with initial work having now commenced which will see The Grand double its number of guest rooms and allow it to compete at an international level. As part of the new look hotel, a new restaurant space on what is currently an outside terrace area is being created. This new dining space will offer space for 140 guests in an exciting, exquisitely styled environment and, like the current restaurant it will be replacing, will be open to both residents and non- residents alike. The redevelopment plans extend to the current hotel rooms which will be upgraded and re-styled to enhance the already sumptuous hotel, bringing it up to a standard that will see it compete with the very best hotels within the UK. The restaurant is due to open first with the new rooms being available a short time afterwards. Most Luxurious Hotel & Spa – Yorkshire & LUX Award for Wedding & Conference Facilities - Yorkshire The Grand Hotel & Spa is York’s first five-star hotel and the only AA five-star rated hotel in Yorkshire. We profile the establishment and explore how it has come to achieve such eminence. HO160036 Company: The Grand Hotel & Spa, York Web: