The Randolph Hotel in Oxford has renovated its grand ballroom, in a bid to bring back corporate customers and attract more of the weddings market.
The three-month refurbishment at the five-star hotel has seen £100k ploughed into a remodelling of the space, in a bid to attract past customers back to the property.
Customised carpets and wallpaper have been introduced, displaying the Acanthus leaf, the plant which inspired the name of the hotel’s restaurant.
The new space also takes inspiration for its chandeliers from the ill-fated Titanic.
General manager Simon Drake, who joined the Macdonald hotel earlier this year, said that the business will push for a bigger slice of the weddings market in 2019, and will focus heavily on this segment in February and March after ’10 years’ of a downturn.
The project is part of a wider £1.5m extensive redesign of the whole hotel, which Drake hopes will enable the property to better compete for corporate customers again.
Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Drake said: “If you look at the figures, the number of weddings taking place in the city over the last 10 years has taken a downturn with people choosing venues outside of the city instead.
“I am really keen to see that change and we will be launching a big push come February and March to tie in with when the scaffolding comes down on the outside of the building.”
“Some corporate businesses that used to use us have shied away in recent years because we had perhaps lost some of our former grandeur.
“I am confident, having seen the quality of how it has been put together, that we will be able to compete for these customers again,” he added.
The Randolph is home to 151 bedrooms, spa, and the renowned Morse Bar.