The Grade II-listed Grey Street hotel in Newcastle has relaunched following an 18-month phased refurbishment by its owner Malhotra Group.
The hotel remained open throughout the development, which began with the transformation of its 49 bedrooms. Decorated in a monochromatic scheme with accents of teal, green, pink or purple, each room has a feature wall bearing a large-scale image of a Tyneside landmark, such as the neighbouring Theatre Royal, or figure, for instance Earl Grey, from whom the street and hotel take their name.
There have also been changes to the hotel's layout, including the relocation of the entrance and the creation of a spa in the upper basement.
The hotel's main conference room, the Monument suite, has been extended to hold up to 100 people, while a smaller meeting room, the six-cover Snug, has been created for private events.
The group acquired the property out of administration in 2013 for an undisclosed amount, off a sale price of £3.75m. The group also owns the New Northumbria hotel in nearby Jesmond; pubs and restaurants including Osbornes, the Runhead and Scalini's; and the Three Mile Inn in Gosforth.
Atul Malhotra, operations director at the Malhotra Group, said: "This development goes way beyond cosmetic. We've taken an entirely fresh look at the space to widen its appeal to residents and non-residents alike and to ensure it is as attractive to the city's business community and spa-goers as it is to those visiting from outside the region.
"Our challenge has been in providing the standard of luxury and comfort today's hotel visitors expect, while respecting the building's historical and architectural significance and I am confident we have achieved this."
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