After spending an afternoon in York during August last year, we decided to have a mini break at a later date. This we did, last week, and stayed 2 nights at the Cedar Court Grand.
On top of the room tariff for the 2 night stay I was aware of the additional £5 supplement for a hot breakfast, over and above the Continental also the £20 fee per night for Valet car parking.
The car parking seemed excessive but after a 300 mile drive into the centre of York it was a boon to have someone unload the car, take the luggage to the room and take the car from the front door of the hotel to be parked. Similarly on departure we asked for the car, it arrived out front within 5 minutes and was loaded for us. So in my view well worth it and no hassle. Concierge staff were friendly, attentive and efficient.
We had room 203 on the 2nd floor, which was spacious with every amenity we could wish for. Comfortable bed, plenty of space, and a well equipped bathroom etc.
Tea & Coffee making facility but no milk supplied. You called housekeeping and they delivered fresh milk within minutes of the call being made even at 7.30am.
2 minor points of criticism: (1) The room overlooked the Garden Terrace which was right next door to the hotel loading bay. This was not an issue as such as we were out and about all day doing the ‘tourist thing’. However at 7.30am on the Friday morning we were woken by a crash of glass, which was the recycle bin being emptied into a truck.
(2) Room lights are activated by placing your key card in a device on the wall, which is quite usual in hotels today. During the night at bed time, on switching off the lights you needed the key card to be in place just in case you needed to get up during the night and required to switch on the bathroom lights.
However at floor level, in the wall opposite the wardrobe, there was an halogen night light, which was very bright and was in line of sight when in bed. It could not be switched off so we had to mask it with a cushion so we could get to sleep.
Reception staff were again, efficient, friendly and attentive, especially a young lady, Debrah, who checked us in and out and was available during the day as well. Nothing was too much bother for her and is an asset to the hotel.
Grill room for breakfast and evening dining was very good, excellent service and we dined in on one evening and the food was superb.
Relaxing in the bar after a meal and taking advantage of their array of Malt whiskies from the Whisky Lounge was a bonus for me. The young bar man was quite knowledgeable on what they had to offer.
My wife spent some time using the Spa pool and Jacuzzi and yet again friendly attentive staff, especially Holly.
All in all a most enjoyable hassle free stay at the hotel which is well placed and within easy walking distance to all the major attractions.
If back in York would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With stunning views of the Minster and the city’s ancient walls the Grand Hotel & Spa enjoys an enviable central location as York’s only five star hotel. Built in 1906 as one of the great railway buildings of York, the hotel’s graceful Edwardian architecture is complemented with fine dining and a luxurious spa complex that features an indoor pool and treatment rooms. All 107 guest rooms are individually designed and furnished to an extremely high specification, creating an indulgent yet unpretentious environment for both leisure and business travellers. And private dining facilities, an open air roof garden and elegant function rooms, provide a plethora of unique options for events and meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Court Grand Hotel And Spa
- Cedar Court Grand Hotel York