A York hotel’s multi-million-pound extension and refurbishment programme has moved into its second phase.
Following three months of ground work a three-storey steel frame, which will house an additional 27 bedrooms and four function rooms at the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel, has been constructed.
Once the work is completed, the city centre hotel will boast in total 125 bedrooms, seven “flexible” function rooms, 98 refurbished guest bedrooms and public rooms, including restaurant, lounge and reception.
In addition the hotel will boost its current BEST WESTERN rating from three star to four star plus, and see the introduction of new food & beverage experiences for residential guests, diners and conference delegates alike.
BEST Western Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said: “The work to totally transform the Monkbar Hotel is well underway, and on course for the new extension being completed and in use by the end of the year.
“Once that has been achieved, we will move into the third and final phase, which is the refurbishment of the original hotel.
“We are hoping this will commence in the early part of 2015 and be finished in early Spring.”
The interior of the public areas and existing and news guest rooms have been designed by Janine Powel of Hampton Design, which credits Marriott, Intercontinental, Centre Parcs and New York University amongst its impressive client list.
Mr Usher added: “This is the most exciting development in the hotel’s 24 year history, one that will totally transform the establishment in terms of facilities and standards, and one that will create more than 20 new jobs.”
The Monkbar Hotel was purchased in 2007 by Shiva Hotels, which owns venues in London, Derby, Manchester and Coventry, and recently opened two Hampton by Hilton hotels at Waterloo and Gatwick.