Grand Hotel and Spa, York, England
What’s so great about this pool?
The Grand Hotel York is the only five star hotel in the County of Yorkshire – and it’s got a pool to match. the pool is a quiet and secluded, in the former vaults of the old building. but it’s stunningly well designed with stone tiles and subdued lighting. It’s an ideal place for an invigorating swim.
- The pool and spa are in the old security vaults of the building, which used to be the headquarters of a railway company. So the rooms are virtually soundproof.
- At 14 metres long, the pool is great for a lively swim
- Because it has water jets, energetic swimmers can use the pool for serious exercise.
- There is a whirlpool spa, a Nordic dry sauna, a steam room and a relaxation lounge – in fact everything you need to get hot and cool down afterwards!
- The spa complex has a state of the art, air-conditioned gym with a full range of equipment.
- Opening hours for the pool and spa at the Grand Hotel and Spa York are 6.30am to 9.00pm on weekdays and 8.00am to 8.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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So the pool’s fab – what about the hotel?
The Grand Hotel and Spa York was originally built as the headquarters of the GNER railway company. It’s a magnificent structure, in the very heart of the city.
The hotel has 107 guest rooms – all of which are individually styled. It has a top class restaurant, Hudsons, which specialises in fine dining and has a special tasting menu. It also does a very popular Sunday lunch and traditional Yorkshire high tea, with fine cakes and sandwiches.
What else is there to do around there?
York is an incredible historic city. It has the tiny medieval streets, known as the Shambles, the historic Cliffords Tower which was part of a 1000 year-old castle, the huge city walls, which were used when the city was besieged by the Scots and the Medieval Cathedral – York Minster – which is one of the finest church buildings in the world. If that’s not enough, there is great shopping, top class restaurants and fine museums, including the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre, which commemorates the fact that York was for many years occupied by the vikings.
If you fancy seeing the countryside, the Yorkshire countryside is famous – the dales and moors attract walkers from all over the world: you can take trains out onto the Yorkshire moors. And the people of Yorkshire are famous for being down-to-earth and very friendly. Discover them for yourself!