I approached the date of our hotel stay with mixed emotions. Firstly, I felt nervous about leaving Theo overnight. Would he behave for my Mum and Dad? Would he settle in a different house? Secondly, I felt excitement at the thought of a full nights sleep and checking-in for a bit of luxury. I was also looking forward to putting my ‘Travelista’ hat back on, dusting off my camera and remembering ‘what I do’. Our last break was last October on our Babymoon in Dubrovnik, just before Theo decided to make an early arrival.
After briefing my parents on all things baby and giving Theo a big kiss and cuddle goodbye, we were on our way in to York City Centre. At first it truly did feel like I was missing a limb, but as time went by I found myself relaxing into the experience.
The Grand is located in the old North Eastern Railway Headquarters, which is a spectacular period building that dates back to 1601. The original part of the hotel is packed with original features that will make interior-lovers swoon. I loved the black and white marble in the bathrooms and the pea-green tiling on the staircases. Since opening, a modern annexe has been built on to the hotel to create additional rooms. We were staying in a Classic Room in the modern part of the hotel, which is also home to The Grand Cookery School.
We checked in at about 5pm and had a couple of hours to settle in and chill in the room before dinner. We changed into the plush white robes, stepped into the fluffy slippers and put the kettle on. I loved the welcome amenities including a box of luxurious chocolates and a hand-tied bag of rhubarb-flavoured short bread. A nice little sugar hit to tide us over before dinner!