York's first five-star hotel opens on Friday

04 May 2010 by
York's first five-star hotel opens on Friday

The Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa opens today (7 May) in York as the city's first five-star property.

Independent group Cedar Court Hotels has invested £25m in the 107-bedroom hotel, which is located in York's iconic Grade II-listed former headquarters of North Eastern Railway, built in the Edwardian era.

The property offers a restaurant which will be serving locally sourced food prepared by head chef David Sharp, previously executive head chef at the Radisson Edwardian in Manchester, and a spa with five treatment rooms including one double room for friends and couples.

The Grand intends to push the boundaries of guest provision in the city with 24-hour butler service led by head butler Anthony Seddon-Holland, who has worked at Claridge's and the Ritz in London, as well as for private families in the United States, the Middle East and Russia.

He will serve guests breakfast in bed, lay out clothes and prepare a bath. And if a guest forgets their bedtime read, he will pop out to the shops to buy a book.

Cedar Court Hotels has four other four-star properties in Yorkshire - in Wakefield, Harrogate, Huddersfield and Bradford.

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By Janet Harmer

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