Grand Hotel and Spa York – And Relax
August 10, 2017
Touching base at the Grand Hotel and Spa York is an experience in itself. Well-dressed porters welcomed us as we bumbled into the reception, at that point happily relieving us of our substantial luggage. Having checked-in speedily we were escorted to our beautiful room via the Grand Hotel’s numerous impressive lobbies.
Our room was not a just room, but more a suite. There was one lavatory with a loo and sink, and another with a shower and sink. The room itself featured (in addition to other things) a gigantic bed, two easy chairs, an end table and a vast TV. We discovered surround sound in the shower (so you can keep up with current affairs while you’re in the restroom, apparently!) and heaps of aromatic Molton Brown goodies, as well as delicious lip emollients. The complimentary snacks beside the TV was so exceptionally well put together and the refrigerator held Harrogate spring water, Fevertree tonic and Pago squeezed orange juice, fabulous.
Following a great nights sleep in a truly sumptuous and comfortable bed, we were ready for breakfast. We sauntered down to the restaurant, ready to indulge ourselves in the feast presented before us. It was an amazing dining room, beautiful decor with a relaxed and elegant ambience, of course it had the usual the white tablecloths, sparkling cutlery and silverware to ensure perfection. We ordered tea and toast from the friendly waiting staff, before heading for the smorgasbord, a long table to one side of the room displaying a veritable feast of freshly baked cakes and bread, organic produce, meats, rich cheeses, yoghurts, various oats and grains, juices and the best yoghurty-berry smoothie I’ve ever tasted. The smoothie is served in a modest container, we spoiled ourselves and made a request for a little more!
On our second morning we decided to check out the spa, where we discovered a rather inviting swimming pool and a steamy hot jacuzzi, all under mood enhancing lighting. We spent a chilled out half hour there, we could quite easily have spent a little more time in the spa, but not at the expense of missing that superb breakfast. Hungry after our swim, we took our time choosing from the vast breakfast selection, this time opting for something freshly cooked, smoked salmon and perfectly cooked creamy scrambled eggs on a toasted bagel. We savoured the time in the dining room and enjoyed a coffee and read the papers, now well set up for the day, and feeling most satisfied, off we went to explore the historic city of York. We walked our feet off and enjoyed the stunning city and all of it’s history. There’s plenty to do and see here, and the shopping is pretty good too.
The Hotel is just a short stroll from the centre of York, this made it simple for us to walk into the city for supper, before coming back to the stylish bar for a nightcap or two (may I recommend the port). On our last evening, we booked to dine in the Grand’s eatery, Hudson’s. We started with gin and tonics at the bar, served in immense fish-bowl type glasses with tasters of olives and popcorn. The atmosphere in the Hudson’s fitted flawlessly with the rich surroundings of elegant crystal fixtures and chic table settings.
We asked the sommelier to recommend a wine appropriate for our dishes, it was delicious, and we enjoyed a few glasses while awaiting our meal. Our chosen dishes were simply spectacular, we chose a real foodie speciality – Risotto (butternut squash and truffle oil) and the three little piggies (stomach, cheek, and filet sprinkled with crackling). Each of the piggies has its own special flavour, the balance of flavours was just perfect. The two dishes were £15.95, a snip we thought.
With regards to dessert, we were not to be disappointed, ‘I’m extremely full’ was very short-lived, we chose wisely and of course were presented with delicately presented puddings, allowing room for a little cheese!
Sadly our fabulous wine was finished, but we weren’t quite, we still had that wonderful selection of cheeses to enjoy, including goats’ cheddar, Worcester blue and Wensleydale, this was a superb way to end a super evening of culinary excellence. Fortunately we didn’t have too far to go to our suite, although following such a meal we probably should have taken ourselves off for a brisk walk to burn off those heavenly calories!
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, impressive bedrooms and unique historic atmosphere.
The Grand is a multiple award-winner, including ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the White Rose Awards,‘Best Luxury Hotel in England’ by LateRooms and making Expedia’s Insiders’ Select List, a global ranking of the world’s best hotels based on over 1m guest reviews.
Awards in 2017 include ‘Winner in Fine Dining Yorkshire Category’ at the Foodporn Awards, Gold for ‘Best Boardroom/Small Meeting Room at the national Conference Hospitality Awards.
The Grand Hotel and Spa, York is currently undergoing a £15 million re-development, with The Rise currently at the heart of its plans. The expansion project will also see the addition of 101 bedrooms when a new accommodation wing opens later this year. When complete, the development will double the number of five-star rooms in York, from 107 to 208.
Meet Sam – Director of Fun and Families
Sam is the Director of Fun and Families at The Grand Hotel. He is 14 and loves this City which is bustling at the seams with adventure and good food. Read his blog where he will give you all the local information, letting you in on family-friendly York, and how best to spend your Summer months.
From the best food picks, including an Afternoon Tea just for little ones, free things to do, must-sees and exclusive attractions not forgetting the rich history of this bustling City.
Happy reading and most of all, happy exploring!