York Hotel
Rebecca Wayman

Central York hotel becomes boutique worthy following £5m renovation

York’s Elmbank Hotel has undergone a complete refurbishment following £5m investment to transform it into a boutique hotel.

All areas of the 19th century building have been re-imagined and 40 jobs will be created. In keeping with its history, interiors are inspired by its original Art Nouveau features and the city’s equestrian roots.

In the main house where 38 of the 61 bedrooms reside, deluxe rooms have been created including expansions and new-look interiors. Additional rooms in ‘The Lodge’ which is adjacent to the hotel have also been refurbished and are ideal for families and groups.

Tina O’Hara, group director of sales at Cairn Group said: “The Group has a long-standing history in York having been in the city for 22 years, so this is a huge project for us with great significance.

“Our goal is to be the best boutique hotel here. It’s a new chapter and chance to be part of the community again, welcoming guests from further afield coming to enjoy what York has to offer as well as locals.

“We’ve created a hotel to be proud of with its original features at the heart celebrating its heritage. There’s a real focus on locality from people to produce, seeing us develop relationships and open up opportunities in the city and throughout Yorkshire.

“We really can’t wait for people to see what we’ve done with the place and are taking bookings now.”

The property is located near the train station in York’s Micklegate Ward, overlooking the racecourse and Knavesmire Strays. It is owned by premium hotel operator Cairn Group.

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