A hotel in the North East is hoping to drive business after converting a bus into a new meeting and events space.
The Rivers Hotel in Gateshead has introduced a new yellow, American-themed bus that has been fully transformed to include rows of diner-style booth seating that can be hired as a meeting space or event host location.
The hotel at Green Lane comprises 28 bedrooms and an American-inspired restaurant, Davy Duke’s Diner.
It was taken over by the St Camillus Leisure in 2016 and underwent a £2m refurbishment before reopening in its new guise.
John Heron, managing director at St Camillus Leisure, says: “We are always looking for new ways to improve our guests’ visits to the hotel and when we got the opportunity to acquire the bus, we knew we couldn’t say no.
“It has been popular with people of all ages due to the stand-out design and we have already had interest from people who want to use it for a meeting space as it is a fantastic conversation starter.”
It is unique in the fact that it specialises in training young people with autism and learning difficulties, aiming to give them hands-on training and experience in the hospitality sector.