Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

Coordinates: 53°59′49″N 1°32′37″W / 53.996833°N 1.543716°W / 53.996833; -1.543716
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DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
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DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
Former namesThe Majestic Hotel
Hotel chainDoubleTree
General information
Architectural styleVictorian style
LocationHarrogate HG1 2HU,
United Kingdom
AddressRipon Road
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates53°59′49″N 1°32′37″W / 53.996833°N 1.543716°W / 53.996833; -1.543716
Construction started1898
Opened18 July 1900 (The Majestic Hotel)
18 September 2019 (DoubleTree by Hilton)
OwnerCairn Group
Technical details
Floor count5
Design and construction
Architect(s)George Dennis Martin
Other information
Number of rooms184
Number of restaurants1
Official website

The Majestic Hotel or Hotel Majestic, now officially known as the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa, is a historic hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.


The hotel was built by the Frederick Hotels Limited (which owned the Hotel Great Central and Wharncliffe Restaurant, London, the Hotel Russell, London, the Royal Pavilion Hotel, Folkestone, the Hotel Burlington in Dover Bay, the Sackville Hotel, Bexhill-on-Sea and the Hotel Metropole, Whitby). It opened on 18 July 1900[1] and was designed by the architect George Dennis Martin.[2]

In the years before the First World War, the hotel was frequented by many celebrities, politicians and royalties. Prince Henry of Prussia stayed in The Majestic Hotel while organising an Anglo-German car rally in Yorkshire,[3] accompanied by the Maharajah of Patiala who was also a guest, as were a number of Russian grand duchesses.

On 21 June 1924 the hotel was badly damaged in a fire. The top two storeys of the west wing were destroyed, the rooms on the same level along the south front of the main building were damaged, and the dome was destroyed. A French maid became distressed after being trapped on the roof, and a local waiter went onto the roof to prevent her from jumping. She was eventually lowered down by and rescued by the fire brigade.[4]

In 2010 a fire at the hotel caused significant damage, including water damage. One person died in the fire.[5]

In 2016 the hotel was purchased by the Cairn Group [6][7] and it was rebranded to DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa on 18 September 2019 following a £15 million renovation programme that took 18 months to be completed.[8][9]


It has 184 rooms. During the refurbishment, redevelopment of its former leisure club took place transforming it into The Harrogate Spa.[10] The hotel has 1 restaurant and 1 piano lounge.



  1. ^ "Harrogate's New Hotel". York Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 18 July 1900. Retrieved 4 September 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Radcliffe, Enid (1967). The Buildings of England. Yorkshire West Riding. Penguin Books. p. 252.
  3. ^ "The Majestic Hotel". Galloway Antiques Fairs. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Exciting scenes in outbreak at Hotel Majestic. Maid rescued from roof". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. British Newspaper Archive. 21 June 1924. Retrieved 4 September 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Body found after fire at Majestic Hotel in Harrogate". BBC News. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  6. ^ Cairn Group Official Website
  7. ^ "Harrogate hotel legend's nostalgic return - and amazing award". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Name change for historic Harrogate hotel after £15m refurb". Harrogat Advertiser. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Hilton To Open First Hotel In Harrogate". Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Name change for historic Harrogate hotel after £15m refurb". Harrogate Advertiser. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2020.

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