The Grand Hotel York

The Grand Hotel York, the best hotel in York, England

The Grand York Hotel

The Grand York - located in the heart of York, a city bursting with heritage, awe-inspiring architecture, ancient byways, snickets, and preserved historic streets. The good-old Grand built-in 1906 as the headquarters for the North Eastern Railway Company, a hugely successful business. This Edwardian structure maintains the intricate architectural details. We love the arched corridors, and doorways with stone motifs. Our guides will take you from the lobby into the labyrinth streets of the Old City of York. 

The Grand Hotel York has much to offer on-site, we can arrange private dining in Hudson's, dinner at The Rise or after travelling you may wish to take a dip in the pool. Fancy brush up your cookery skills? Let us book you into The Cookery School

The Rise Restaurant offers British cuisine, using locally sourced produce. What is Modern British food? Influences come from around the world but with a traditional heart. Some of the world’s best lamb, beef and fish are reared and caught in these islands and are used in the menus here with European twists, such as; Rump of Lamb – Pommes Anna, Girolles (mushrooms), smoked Aubergine, Jus. I think we can safely say that Britain is now a culinary superpower; enjoy other dining delights on our Classic tour of England.


In the heart of the medieval city

The Grand Hotel York provides a choice of rooms and suites that suit every type of guest and their needs. In addition, each room and suite include complimentary access to the luxury spa.

Room options 
The Classic Rooms (334 sq ft) offer a comfortable and elegant setting for its guests with spacious, marble en-suite bathrooms with a bath or a stand-alone shower.

The Executive Rooms (398 sq ft) feel extra spacious because of the high ceilings and feature a marble-top bathtub and walk-in shower. If you would like to get some work done in the evenings, there is a desk area.

Suite options 
The Heritage Suites (495-548 sq ft) are a luxury space and history with spacious bathrooms with deep bathtubs and a separate cosy seating area.

The Grand Heritage Suites (602-645 sq ft) are a mixture of traditional and modern furnishings and offer the perfect York escape with a spacious, comfortable lounge. Bathrooms with bathtubs and walk-in showers.

The Penthouse Suite is the multi-faceted epitome of luxury with a super-king-size bed to retreat to, a separate lounge area perfect for socialising. Enjoy a roll-top bath to unwind after a long day overlooking the magnificent York skyline.

Dining at the Rise Restaurant, Terrace and Bar offer a fine dining experience. You can indulge in modern British cuisine with a Yorkshire twist; attention to locally sourced ingredients in a welcoming setting.

The 1906 Bar is the bar of dreams with comfy loungers, an intimate atmosphere and an array of cocktails, quality lagers and fine Yorkshire ales.

The Spa at the hotel offers guests a secluded and tranquil retreat in the heart of York with an abundance of relaxing treatments to pamper themselves from massages to manicures and pedicures.

Not only that, but several facilities will clear your mind and body from a 14-metre swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna to a relaxation lounge and state-of-the-art gym.

A brief History of York
Let's start with the Romans, that is always a wise place to start. In the first century, the 9th Legion set up a new fort and named it Eboracum; it almost sounds like a spell from the Harry Potter stories. Eboracum (York) became the launching pad for invading further north; the force was significant, around 4000.

In the year 306, while in York Constantine was proclaimed Emperor after the death of his father. On his deathbed in the year 337, Constantine became Christian, the first emperor to do so.  By the way, the Roman City is still there; it is mostly unseen as it is underground, although parts of the City walls are exposed. 

York changes its name again to please new arrivals, the Anglo-Saxons. York, therefore, called ‘Eoforwic’ which eventually turns into Yorvik when the Vikings arrive – to then YORK. The famous big City in the United States is named after YORK here in England. In 1664 the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam (Manhattan) to the British. The name change came about to honour the Duke of York and his military mission.

The last successful invasion of Britain occurs in 1066, William the Conqueror controls most of Britain with an iron fist. Yorkshire rebels and King William takes his revenge most horrifically; Northern England is laid waste. The middle ages bring waves of prosperity, and eventually, York becomes England’s second City after London. See all the layers of history on a walking tour with your guide. 

The Chocolate City era
Imagine walking the cobbled streets and smelling chocolate, how wonderful. Once the chocolate city, nearly every family had connections to the chocolate factories (inspiring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) of Terry’s, Rowntree’s, and Cravens. Learn about the industry during your guided tour. 

City of elegance - 1700s
During the age of elegance (for some) York become a centre of sophistication, a great metropolis for the second class gentry (second only to London). Assemble rooms for dancing, card playing, music concerts and socialising was the order of the day. Buildings from the 1700s sit beside medieval churches and 1000-year-old houses. York is a fascinating mish-mash of styles and times. 

Touring Guide
Our guides will meet you in the lobby of The Grand York and tell the tale of the City surrounded by old Walls and Rivers. See the back streets, historical buildings and magnificent York Minster, the seat of the Archbishop of York and one of the largest churches in Europe with carved details that will delight and amaze.

The Minster is staggering and must be visited. We can arrange access to parts of the church not commonly seen and make your tour unique. 

We highly recommend a day tour from York to Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey. Two wonderful historical places to visit, one a magnificent stately home the other a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

We suggest staying at Grand York Hotel on many different itinerary options. Such as England Adventure Tour, Classic Tour of England.

The Grand Hotel York

The best hotel in York, England's preserved historical gem

  • Bespoke amenities
  • Room upgrade upon arrival subject to availability
  • City centre location
  • Cookery school
  • Spa
  • Walking tours from the hotel