The ribbon was cut by Sir Gary Verity and Lord Mayor of York, councillor Barbara Boyce, alongside general manager Philip Bolson and Splendid Hospitality CEO Stuart Bailey.
The development doubles the number of five-star hotel rooms in York, generating a reported additional £1.7 million of annual visitor expenditure for the local economy.
The new rooms are inspired by The Grand’s Edwardian past as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway. Complementing the hotel’s pre-existing 107 rooms, the interiors of the new rooms include marble-finished bathrooms and luxury bath products as well as Egyptian cotton linen.
Bolson, commenting on the expansion, said: “We’re so excited to unveil our stunning new rooms as part of our redevelopment and extension plans. It’s a pleasure to stand beside Sir Gary Verity and our Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Barbara Boyce, to commemorate the occasion.
“Our new rooms will undoubtedly provide an incredible boost to the York tourism and leisure economy, and expand our luxury offering to leisure and business travellers from around the world.”
Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire added: “I’m delighted to be part of the official opening of this amazing new development of luxury rooms at The Grand Hotel. Since the hotel opened eight years ago it’s gone from strength to strength, continually adding to the luxury experience it offers its visitors.”
The new accommodation is part of a £15m expansion and refurbishment which in 2017 saw the opening of The Rise Restaurant, Terrace & Bar, and the refurbishment of Hudsons by Craig Atchinson, The Grand’s three-AA-rosette fine dining restaurant.
The Grand has also recently opened a new exclusive, luxury space called the White Rose Lounge and works are also set to begin on an Arrival Lounge in spring 2018, which will be designed to enhance guest check-in experience.