Main Photo: The Hilton Garden Inn, Stoke-on-Trent
Date: October 2020
Location: Part of Hanley’s Smithfield development, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
Name: Hilton Garden InnNo. of Keys: 140
Buyer: The impressive new Hilton Garden Inn building, which forms part of Hanley’s Smithfield development, is the first Hilton-branded hotel in the city. It was due to open in July but it was delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now the finishing touches are being made to the £20 million hotel ahead of its official opening in the coming weeks. Hotel management company, RBH will be operating the hotel.
General manager Ben Carey said: “There were some delays because of coronavirus but we have come through that now. We will be opening imminently and we are very fortunate to be in a position to be able to do that. “This hotel is fantastic for the city in terms of regeneration and development; we have also been able to create new and local jobs, so we are really excited to be finally opening.
“The city has been lacking a full-service hotel for many years even to the point where visitors were choosing to stay outside of Stoke-on-Trent because the capacity and accommodation just wasn’t there. So there is a lot of excitement around the hotel, it’s been phenomenal.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming our guests and members of the public as well as our neighbours from the Clayworks apartments and the Smithfield.”
There is a trendy bar area which sells beer, wine, spirits and Plum Porter from Burslem’s very own Titanic Brewery, and The Garden Bar and Grill Restaurant which uses locally-sourced ingredients.
Upstairs there are three spacious meeting rooms which will be available for corporate use – including the self-contained Mitchell room and the Wedgwood Suite which can be partitioned to create an additional room, called the Matthews Room. Hotel guests also have access to an on-site gym which is complete with all of the latest equipment including treadmills and free weights.
There are five different types of rooms – all of which contain a fridge – including a queen room which boasts a sofa bed for additional guests, an accessible room for guests with additional needs, a family room for larger parties, a king room which boasts a larger bed and a twin room.
Throughout the hotel, the decor gives a subtle nod to the history of the Potteries – including the Spitfire and famous faces including Reginald Mitchell, Josiah Wedgwood and footballer, Sir Stanley Matthews.
Ben Carey, general manager of Hilton Garden Inn Stoke-on-Trent, said: “Today [9 October] is an exceptionally proud one for myself and the rest of the team, all of whom have worked tirelessly to ensure we are ready to open our doors to guests and locals alike.
“Stoke-on-Trent is an incredibly welcoming and friendly city, and we are poised to ensure our guests receive a signature Stoke welcome alongside the truly first-class service they would expect from the Hilton brand.”
THPT Comment: Great for this famous potteries city to get it’s long-awaited Hilton hotel.
First Seen: Visit Stroke-on-Trent
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