Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa

Station Rise, York, YO1 6HT, United Kingdom
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Grand in every sense of the word.

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by written on December 21, 2010

I was recently in York for a couple of days and a friend recommended the Cedar Court Grand, a recently opened establishment, as there were £129 deals on the very useful Laterooms website where ordinarily it would have been well beyond my budget. What an excellent suggestion it turned out to be. A quick check now (late December 2010) shows room only rates from as little as £99 in January 2011.

Approaching the building on a fairly dismal November afternoon was probably not to see it to best advantage but it really is majestic, there is no other word for it. Originally the headquarters of the Northeastern Railway, it has been recently completely refurbished and opened in it's current role in mid 2010. The building was begun in 1902 to the design of William Bell and Horace Field, a design which won an award in Paris in 1904. No expense was spared in construction and it certainly shows. The bricks were handmade and Portland and Ancaster stone, Belgian marble and other fine marterials were employed. The refurbishment has been very sensitively done, and many of the original features remain which gives the place a very individual feel.

It is appropriate that the Hotel, liteerally two minutes walk from the train station has such a railway connection as York is one of the most important rail centres in the UK and home to the nearby National Rail Museum. So close is it to the Station that if you require, the hotel will dispatch a member of staff to meet you off the train and carry your luggage. Don't worry about train noise, there is none as, even before the recent upgrade, the building was originally double glazed which was almost unheard of in those days.

Entering the impressive foyer you will have your first experience of the wonderful staff here. It is a truism that I have mentioned in other hotel tips that any hotel is only as good as it's staff, and the staff here are well worthy of a 5* establishment. From the handwritten note from housekeeping when they turned down the bed to the offer of the front of house manager of a tour of the architecture (I had expressed an interest to him) every single member of staff I had contact with was faultless.

Up in the modern lift to the room, one of the "basic" rooms (Classic King) although there was nothing basic about it. It was very comfortably furnished and with all the conveniences you would expect in a place of this quality, plasma TV, wi-fi connection etc. and even down to detail like a delightful fruit bowl. Decoration was provided by a series of wonderful monochrome railway related photos. On the subject of photos, apologies but I took very few for various reasons. The attached website has a good photo gallery.

Although I did not try either, the Whisky Bar on the ground floor looked very sumptuous and the restauant menu very interesting.

After a wonderful night's sleep, I did something I am not naturally prone to and indulged in a spot of early morning exercise. Unusual I know, but regular readers of my tips please suspend your disbelief whilst I describe the fully-equipped spa. It is situated in the basement and I thought it was pleasing that some of the original features, notably an absolutely monstrous vault door, have been retained. In keeping with the Roman history of York, the spa is generally Roman themed with some nice mosaics. A few lengths of the pool and a bit of a steam and I was ready for a hard days sightseeing. It is almost redundant to say that the staff here were wonderful and very friendly.

I have been told that this is the only five star hotel in central York and it certainly offers facilities and levels of service commensurate with that rating. True, the Cedar Court Grand is not cheap but, should your budget permit, it is very highly recommended.

Unique Quality: The unique quality is the whole railway connection embodied in the grandeur of a building once at the very heart of that industry.

Directions: From the front of the station, turn right, follow the road round (two minutes walk) past the war memorial and the hotel is on the left.

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Address: Station Rise, York, YO1 6HT, United Kingdom

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Amenities at Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Pets Allowed
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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