The first images have been released of the transformation of the former Coventry Evening Telegraph into the city’s first four-star hotel, as a teaser ahead of its 2020 opening.
The £20m project, spearheaded by Complex Development Projects, will see the 1950’s building turned into an 88-bedroom hotel to be operated by Bespoke Hotels.
The Telegraph Hotel will also feature a 160-seat convention room, meeting rooms, 110-cover restaurant and two ground floor bars as well as an expansive rooftop bar and events space which overlooks Belgrade Square.
The released photographs show one of the smallest bedrooms, which has been prepared early as a sample room.
The hotel will open in September 2020 ahead of Coventry being UK City of Culture and is already taking bookings.
The bedrooms and public space interiors have been designed by Squid Inc, highly praised for their recent work on Manchester’s award-winning Hotel Gotham.
The company has taken inspiration from the building’s history as a thriving newspaper and printworks, as well as the Mid-Century architectural style for which Coventry is famed.
The project is a flagship for the city’s drive to boost the tourist economy and will be one of the major physical legacies of 2021.
Brian Harrabin, of CDP, said: “The Telegraph Hotel will bring something truly unique to the region and we have looked across Europe for our inspiration. This is the first glimpse of the completed product.
“This will be Coventry’s first four-star hotel since the Hotel Leofric, which was built in the rebirth of Coventry in the 1950s. It is apt that we are restoring a much-loved 1950s landmark building and recreating the glamour of that Mid-Century era.”