Plans have been submitted for a £15m, two-year redevelopment of the newly named Grand Hotel & Spa in York.
The five-AA-star, 107-bedroom hotel has been renamed from the Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, nearly a year after being sold by the Cedar Court Group to Splendid Hospitality Group, for an undisclosed sum.
If the redevelopments plans are approved by the City of York Council, the hotel will double the number of bedrooms by expanding into the adjacent Roman House property recently acquired by Splendid.
There are also plans to create a new 140-seat restaurant to replace the existing Hudson's restaurant and upgrade the existing bedrooms.
Stuart Bailey, chief executive of Splendid Hospitality Group, said: "The hotel is already acknowledged as being one of the finest in the region but, following this major investment, it will be amongst the finest in the country, attracting more visitors in search of a luxurious hotel stay from further afield."
Maria Florou, general manager of the Grand Hotel & Spa, added: "This is extremely good news for the local area as the new look hotel will have wider appeal, bringing more people to this fantastic city. Of course, a larger hotel will require more staff to look after more guests and we are hopeful that many of these will be recruited from the locality".
Originally opened as a hotel in 2010 following a £30m redevelopment by the Cedar Court Group, the Grade-II listed property was originally constructed in 1906 as the headquarters of North Eastern Railways.