DoubleTree By Hilton York to welcome “cool customers” during York’s annual Ice Trail

Hilton the ice whippet

A York hotel is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of “cool customers” as it once again becomes a key player in the city’s annual ice trail.

And the frozen sculpture that will be standing guard outside the DoubleTree by Hilton York’s Yorkshire bar and grill this year is a whippet adorning a flat cap and scarf.

During the weekend of December 9 and 10, The York Ice trail will see more than 40 ice sculptures positioned in various locations throughout the city.

And, at 3pm on both days, Glacial Art, the company that creates the ice masterpieces, will be performing live demonstrations at St Helen’s Square.

Graham Usher, general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton York, said: “The Visit York Ice Trail is one of the highlights of the city’s festive celebrations.

“It gets bigger and better each year and once again we are delighted to be playing our part in it.

“Even though our sculpture is described as ‘whippet in a flat cap’, we have given him a name – Hilton! ‘Hilton the Whippet’ has a certain to ring to it and is in honour of us now being part of the Hilton family.

“We hope those on the trail will come inside and see for themselves the results of the £6m transformation that has taken place within the hotel over the last few years.

“The second phase of improvements, which was completed last month, saw us convert seven meeting rooms into 17 additional bedrooms, taking our total bedroom stock 143.

“The hotel also boasts a new fitness suite, enhanced indoor/outdoor courtyard-area, air conditioning in all rooms, digital keys and an ‘evolving’ food and beverage operation including a new kitchen garden dining experience.

“And whilst it might be cold outside, guests can expect a very warm welcome when they step inside, one that is as warm as the ‘Hilton cookies’ given to those staying with us overnight.”

Further information about the Ice Trail is available from the Visit York website found at

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