YORK’S first five-star hotel will open next month following a £20 million investment – with special preview rates of £99 available for the first month.

Guests will be welcomed in to the Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, situated in Grade II-listed former railway headquarters in Station Rise, from April 26.

But the spa will not be ready for use for the first month, hence the reduced opening rate of £99 for some rooms, excluding breakfast.

The hotel says that apart from the spa, guests will otherwise enjoy the full Grand experience – “York’s newest and most inventive restaurant, elegant meeting rooms, stunning bedrooms and the city’s most exclusive penthouse suite.”

Andrew Coney, general manager said: “A great deal of passion, energy and imagination has gone into creating The Grand, but the most important moment will come when we welcome the first guests through the doors.

“I can’t wait to meet them and to give York what we’ve promised: its first five-star hotel experience.”

He said the hotel had launched a new website – cedarcourtgrand.co.uk – offering images of bedrooms, describing the unique butler service and unveiling some of the treatments available in the Spa.

“Like every element of The Grand, the website has been planned down to the last detail,” he said.

“We wanted to come as close as possible to recreating the experience of The Grand on-line. It’s a hotel that looks backward to the Golden Age of travel – taking inspiration from the building’s astonishing architectural features and the beauty of the city of York – but also looks forward, with state-of-the-art technology and 21st century customer service.

“I know that people can’t wait to see inside The Grand – now they can visit the website for a sneak preview.”

The website was developed in collaboration with Cedar Court Hotel’s web partner, Wetherby-based NetConstruct, whose managing director David Bentley said: “We work a great deal in Yorkshire tourism, so it’s been very exciting for us to develop a website for what will be one of the most significant tourism events of the year.”