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York gets its first five star hotel

November 24, 2011

York's twenty five million pound Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa, which opened in May last year, has been awarded five star status

York’s twenty five million pound Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa, which opened in May last year, has been awarded five star status – making it the first five star hotel in the city.

Located on the site of the former North Eastern Railways headquarters in Station rise, it has also become the only AA five-star rated hotel in Yorkshire. There are 90 other AA five-star hotels in the UK but there are only 24 outside London. The AA said it was one of the highest accolades.

Gillian Cruddas, Visit York chief executive, said that the award would enable the organisation to attract high spending UK and overseas visitors and help to put York on a platform as a world-class city.

She said: “The Cedar Court Hotel is a superb asset and adds something special to the great variety of accommodation we have – from small bed and breakfasts to historic hotels.”

An AA spokeswoman added: “Five black stars are a symbol of excellence achieved through dedication, high levels of investment and a passion to be the best. We are delighted that York has its first five-star hotel.”

Also adding her thoughts, Marie Florou, the hotel’s general manager said: “The team here deserve enormous credit for what they have done -they have worked incredibly hard and have put their heart and soul into this project. But we all know that an even greater challenge lies ahead, and that is maintaining and even exceeding the high standards that we have set for ourselves.”

Meanwhile, the Grill Room at the Grand Restaurant in the city has also been awarded two prestigious AA rosettes for the ‘outstanding quality’ of its food and culinary offering.

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