Welsh Rugby Union plans to open new luxury hotel in two historic Cardiff buildings

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The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is planning to open a new 175-bedroom hotel in two of Cardiff’s most historic buildings.

The WRU has acquired the former Post Office and County Court buildings on Westgate Street to transform into the new Westgate Hotel, next to the Principality Stadium.

The new hotel will comprise two restaurants, a spa and rooftop pool and a ballroom for 400, alongside the bedrooms and 15 suites.  

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The project will be part of a new joint venture between the Welsh Rugby Union, Legal & General and property development firm Rightarces.

The WRU and Rightacres will form a new joint venture company to refurbish the buildings, which will repay L&G over the long-term.

Subject to planning and listed building consent, construction work will begin in June, with a view to be completed by December 2020.

It’s also been reported by Wales Online that the new Westgate Hotel will be run by five-star Celtic Manor Resort, to mark its first project outside of Newport.

Chief executive of the WRU, Martyn Phillips, said: “Developing this new hotel will allow us to diversify and supplement our current stadium-based hospitality and conference offering with the additional revenue generated through this business reinvested back into the game at all levels.” 

Paul McCarthy, chief executive of Rightacres said: “There is no doubt that central Cardiff has been missing a luxury hotel for a long time and this is a special opportunity to bring activity and vibrancy back into the iconic Post Office building.”

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