Welcome to The Majestic Hotel, a palatial and stately Victorian property from The Cairn Collection that sits in the heart of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Built in 1899, the hotel is surrounded by acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that overlook the town. With 15 function rooms, a fully equipped Spa and Leisure Centre, and parking available at a cost, our hotel is the perfect destination for both business and pleasure.
Harrogate’s spa credentials trace back to 1571, when William Slingsby brought Harrogate’s sulphurous water to the attention of Queen Elizabeth’s physician. The water from the Tewit Well was judged to be very similar to that found at the Wallonian town of Spa, and so English aristocrats were encouraged to visit the new English spa.
The grand Majestic Hotel was built in the 19th Century at the height of Harrogate’s fame and prosperity and was the first modern Victorian hotel built to accommodate Harrogate Spa’s growing popularity.
When it formally opened on 18 July 1900, the newly completed Majestic resembled a great railway station hotel, proving itself to be a roaring success. A new Kursaal, now the Royal Hall arts centre, was opened in 1903 just below The Majestic, with many of its guests going on to lodge at the lustrous hotel. However, disaster struck some 20 years later when the top floors of the hotel caught fire, costing over £50,000 to restore.
The outbreak of WWII saw the Majestic requisitioned by the British government, who intended to move the Air Ministry up to Harrogate. Despite of this, the management of the hotel received permission to reopen for Christmas. Sadly though, war reached The Majestic on 12 September 1940, when three bombs struck the hotel which was targeted in the knowledge that it was occupied by the Air Ministry.
In the years before the First World War, Europe’s SPAs were frequented by royalty. Prince Henry of Prussia stayed at The Majestic while organising an Anglo-German car rally in Yorkshire, the extremely wealthy and handsome Maharajah of Patiala was also a guest, as were a number of Russian grand duchesses.
At the moment, the Majestic Hotel is undergoing a £15M refurbishment to restore the Old Lady to it's former glory and provide even more fabulous background to your Big Day with gorgeous, air conditioned suites, private bars and the best service.
by Rosemaryon Sun, 26th August, 2018
We had a wonderful wedding at The Majestic. Alicja was a fantastic help in planning and arranging everything prior to the event and, alongside the rest of the team, was absolutely brilliant on the day in making sure everything went smoothly for us. The hotel is beautiful, the food was lovely and we and our guests all had a really ... Read More
by hillary milleron Fri, 11th May, 2018
It might be unfair to write a review 2 years after the wedding as the staff will have changed, but as you're asking, I will tell you that our experience was dreadful. We didn't have the whole wedding at the Majestic than goodness , only the wedding service itself but we had many guests staying Saturday night and/or Sunday night. ... Read More
by Natasha Danielon Fri, 11th May, 2018
Our wedding at the majestic hotel was just amazing and everything we could have wished for the team were fantastic with us and made us feel very special I couldn’t fault one thing about it my guests also had the best day which meant a lot I wish I could do it all again I would most definitely recommend this ... Read More
by Kevin Matthewson Fri, 11th May, 2018
We had a wonderful weekend at the Majestic Hotel for our wedding. From the moment we arrived on the Friday morning to the Sunday after the wedding, we were very well looked after. David and his team could not have done more for us. The food and the setting were fantastic and the reception room looked well....majestic. It was beautifully ... Read More