One of the longest-serving hoteliers in the UK has announced that he is to step down from his role later this year.
Jonathan Slater, 60, will retire as managing director of The Chester Grosvenor at the end of March 2015, bringing an end to a glittering career with the famous Cheshire venue.
Commenting on his retirement, Slater said: “It has been an enormous privilege to steer this hotel for over 30 years. Whilst I am fiercely proud of my career and the hotel, anything I may have achieved has been the result of a team effort and I am grateful for all the tremendous support I have enjoyed along the way.”
Slater added that it was a “fitting year” to be leaving his post given that the hotel recently received a Michelin star for the 25th consecutive year and celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2015.
Slater joined the landmark 5-star hotel at the age of 28 as general manager and three years later was promoted to managing director.
He has managed two substantial refurbishments of the hotel and has played an active role in promoting the City of Chester and the North West helping to attract visitors from around the world.
A founder director of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, he spent 21 years on the board, including nine as chairman.
Slater will remain involved with the Grosvenor Estate, which owns the hotel, in a strategic consultancy role and he will also continue his association with the Oddfellows brand.
The successful boutique hotel in Chester is currently planning a second site in Cheadle, South Manchester.
The hotel said that a replacement for Slater would be announced nearer to the time of his retirement.