£3m Monkbar Hotel on track for winter opening

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A hotel in York’s multi-million pound extension and refurbishment programme has moved onto its second phase and is on target to open to the public at the end of the year.

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 be home to 125 bedrooms in total, seven function rooms, 98 refurbished guest bedrooms and public rooms, including restaurant, lounge and reception.

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In addition, the hotel will be upgraded from its current Best Western rating of three stars, to a four star plus, and will see the introduction of new food and beverage offerings for guests.

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.”

“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.

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