Alexander Hotels’ has revealed to Boutique Hotelier that investment into the transformation of its newest acquisition Barnett Hill Hotel in Guildford has topped £1.5m.
The hotel was taken over by the three-strong group in September, just three months after it was first spotted on the market by the brand’s owners Peter and Deborah Hinchcliffe.
The hotel needed ‘heavy investment’ says marketing manager Leanne Cleaver, and a rolling phased refurbishment programme began at the Grade-II listed building, which was previously owned by the Sun Dial Group.
Now the 18 bedrooms in the Main House have been unveiled, having been redesigned by co-owner Deborah with the help of local suppliers.
In total, Barnett Hill Hotel is home to 58 bedrooms, with Cleaver explaining that there are plans to knock down the East Wing of the building and create luxury suites on site in its place.
The Grade-II listed hotel has seven meeting rooms which have also been given a refresh, with the weddings market of key importance for the property going forward; Cleaver says that the hotel took on around 30 weddings at the time of acquisition.
With the complete project expected to be completed in around 16-18 months’ time, also on the agenda is the creation of a new spa, something that the group is renowned for around the country at its other properties – the five-star Alexander House Hotel, four-red star Langshott Manor and four-star Rowhill Grange Hotel.
The restaurant, which was recently awarded 2 AA Rosettes, is headed up by chef Lee Young and is also looking to be extended.
“We wanted to brush up the aesthetics of the building and add key pieces that are true to the Alexander Hotels’ look, making it modern but not losing the history of the building,” says Cleaver.
Tim Hall remains as general manager having been at the property under its previous ownership and continues to thrive and drive forward the business and the team.