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The Grand, York

Last updated: 30 December, 2023

The Edwardian building that houses this hotel lives up to the name; formerly the headquarters of the North-Eastern Railway Company, it’s certainly imposing, rising up in a swathe of terracotta brickwork and double-height bay windows, a few streets from the River Ouse. 

The Grand delivers the full package; a basement pool and small spa for a restorative hour or two after sightseeing, an elegant cocktail bar, 1906, and a bustling, urban-feeling restaurant, Rise, with an open-kitchen fronting onto the dining area. If watching the chefs at work gives you an appetite for cooking, the hotel has its own cookery school.

An upscale stay that’s ideal for those looking for more than just a place to sleep.

Surrounding area

The hotel is just south of the River Ouse, set to one side on what is effectively its own street, meaning it’s considerably quieter than more central areas of the city.  The city wall is directly opposite, forming a barrier between the hotel and the city’s main arterial road, which keeps the traffic noise down. 

Surrounded mainly by offices in elegant Victorian buildings, you’ll meet few tourists, other than those staying at the hotel.

All of the city’s major sights are within easy walking distance, however; the Minster is ten minutes’ walk on foot, with York’s busy shopping streets even closer than that, just over Lendal Bridge.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed