Where to stay in York: a high end hotel for a special occasion.

If you’re looking to stay in an historic building in the historic city of York, we have just the thing for you. The five-star Cedar Court Grand Hotel (www.cedarcourtgrand.co.uk) is all about the opulence and luxury of days gone by. Housed in the former North Eastern Railways headquarters which date back to 1906, the building was ‘reimagined’ in 2006 as a grand hotel and spa, while maintaining the best of the original building, including hand-made bricks and its solid, imposing façade. Prepare to be greeted by black-and-white Belgian marble floors in reception.

Wallow in luxury in rooms which all have as standard king-size beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen, flat screen TV, air conditioning, free Wi Fi, steam iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, and bottled water.

Bathrooms have under floor heating, Molton Brown pampering products, hairdryer and bathrobe and slippers. Doubles start from £125 per night. And if you like the sound of the hotel (who wouldn’t?) but find it slightly over budget, why not enjoy the great views of the city walls in the lounge over ‘The Grand Afternoon Tea’ at £18.59 per person? Call 01904 380 060 to reserve and remember to skip lunch!

Travel to York with East Coast (08457 225225, www.eastcoast.co.uk) from London and Edinburgh from £13 one way. There’s a saving of a third of the price if you travel in a group of three or more.

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