Planners have approved a \u00a315m redevelopment of Splendid Hospitality Group\u2019s Grand Hotel\u00a0and\u00a0Spa in York.\r\n\r\nFollowing its sale to Splendid Hospitality Group in 2014, the nationally renowned luxury hotel embarked on major re-branding that saw it\u00a0transformed into The Grand Hotel & Spa, York.\r\n\r\nThe two-year redevelopment will see the York venue double its number of guest rooms and allow it to compete at an international level, and work is expected to begin by the end of the year.\r\n\r\nSplendid Hospitality Group - which\u00a0currently owns Express by Holiday Inn on Malton Road in York and will be opening the 101-bedroom Hotel Indigo in the city this summer - has successfully purchased the adjacent Roman House, which extends in to Rougier Street, and has filed plans to re-develop it as a new wing to the existing hotel to which it is already connected.\r\n\r\nAs part of the new-look hotel, Splendid Hospitality also intends to create a new restaurant space on what is currently an outside terrace area. This new dining space will offer space for 140 guests in and will be open to both residents and non-residents.\r\n\r\nThe redevelopment plans extend to the current hotel rooms which will be upgraded and re-styled.\r\n\r\nStuart Bailey, CEO of Splendid Hospitality Group, said:\u00a0\u201cThis is an exciting period for The Grand and for York. The hotel is already acknowledged as being one of the finest in the region but, following this major investment, it will be amongst the finest in the country, attracting more visitors in search of a luxurious hotel stay from further afield.\u201d\r\n\r\nGeneral manager Maria Florou added: \u201cThe Grand Hotel & Spa has been a great success story for the City of York but now we are entering a new, even more exciting chapter. This is extremely good news for the local area as the new look hotel will have wider appeal, bringing more people to this fantastic city. Of course, a larger hotel will require more staff to look after more guests and we are hopeful that many of these will be recruited from the locality\u201d.