The Chester Hotel is preparing to open its new dining experience on July 8, and saw a staggering 1,000 bookings made within the first hour of reservations going live.
The four-star hotel in Aberdeen took 996 bookings for it’s the Gallery Al Fresco Experience in just one hour prior to its launch next month, with this number rising to over 1,400 bookings over two hours.
The Chester Hotel has invested in a new 25-metre long transparent, canopied marquee which has open sides to allow guests to eat and drink outdoors.
It is expected that up to 70 guests can visit at one time while maintaining physical distancing.
Due to the demand, a second marquee has now been ordered to extend the covered area and increase capacity for bookings.
The hotel has introduced a new summer menu with a restricted offering, to allow its chefs to operate safely in the hotel kitchens.
“We’ve been working hard throughout lockdown to prepare for the day when we can reopen,” says Stephen Gow, general manager at The Chester Hotel, “but I don’t think anything has prepared us for the reaction that we’ve had. We had been considering erecting a second marquee, and it looks as if we will put a second one in place to service demand. There will be a partnership between our team and our guests to make the new way of working a success.”