York is the epitome of elegance; from its stunning architecture, to the historical shambles, quaint windy streets, beautiful shops filled with treasures, and so many spots to sit and soak up traditional English culture. If you’re looking for a UK weekend break, with fun, culture, and a good glass of vino. We were fortunate enough to spend a night at The Grand Hotel & Spa York, which, from start to finish of my stay, I felt like royalty. It is Yorkshire’s only 5 star hotel and is leading the way as far as luxury and hospitality goes. Glancing out of your window and catching sight of the incredible York Minster is always such a joy, and one of the highlights of York itself. The hotel is every bit as classy as you could imagine, with customer service at its core. From chic interiors, to majestic decor, gold flexes, marble and crystal chandeliers, make this regal palace feel like the most exquisite place to stay.
The twin room which we had the pleasure of testing out, was both plush and classy. With a touch of class everywhere, from the colour schemes, and the coffee making facilities you wish you had at home, lots of choices in the mini bar, and cleanliness ranked very high. It was spotless. Home away from home is vital when you’re travelling; especially if you’re travelling often. You need to feel relaxed, safe and with a true element of luxury.
The Grand Hotel & Spa is in the heart of York, and everything ready to explore on the doorstep. All the amenities were provided and anything additional can be requested at the front desk and they will do their best to assist. It’s the perfect place to bring your laptop, drink a vanilla latte and be inspired. Books and magazines on hand, there’s always something to pass the time and the decor was a beautiful beige neutral with crimson oak wood finishes, adding a feeling of both cosiness and style.
The Rise Restaurant is ultra plush, copper and wooden tones, with modern art, comfy soft chairs and the tasting menu is absolutely incredible. You can choose as many dishes as you wish, but 6 for two people is recommended. Carefully crafted food with delicious delicate tastes, the cuisine is a deluxe special treat, it is fine dining at its best and better yet, the tasting menu offers many smaller dishes, like tapas almost, so you are able to get the best tasting experience.
Nothing was over flavoured, or under flavoured, it was also incredibly aesthetically pleasing and the chicken melted like butter in your mouth, incredibly delectable and the smaller dishes still filled you like a large plate. Vegetarian, gluten free options are available; with five star care and treatment, nothing is too much trouble. The atmosphere lends itself to an exquisite cocktail bar experience, which allows for a serene evening.
The spa check in is simple and easy. The keys to your locker are given at the desk, along with towels; then sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. With a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi, you can really enjoy your me-time and with the sultry mood lighting, the ambiance is incredibly zen. Purples and oranges, make for such a relaxing atmosphere, with drink facilities, and chairs around the pool, there is always somewhere to sit. Ideal for couples, lone travellers, or families, the atmosphere is relaxed and the helpful staff will be there to give you any advice you wish; they do offer treatments but booking in advance is best.
The spa also has changing facilities, including hair straighteners, which is ideal for the ladies and a big bonus if you’re heading straight out from there.
York never disappoints, from culture, to museums, to river walks and shopping, it has so much to offer, and with The Grand Hotel & Spa York sat right in the centre, this is a perfect choice whilst staying in the city. For more information on luxury and sustainable travel, please take a look at our website – www.floraisonmagazine.com or Instagram