Key figures in Coventry are convinced that Coventry’s newest hotel will provide an economic boost to the city after being given an exclusive tour of the project.
The Telegraph Hotel is set to open its doors in November this year in the former headquarters of the city’s newspaper.
The special guests got a sneak peek at the Corporation Street-based hotel – which is being redeveloped by Complex Development Projects (CDP) and will be operated by Bespoke Hotels, the largest independent hotel company in the UK.
Representatives from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Coventry BID, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Coventry City Council were among those who got the inside story on the redevelopment work that has taken place so far.
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Telegraph Hotel is such an exciting development for Coventry.
“It brings a fresh, new offer to the city centre at a time when we are going to be welcoming visitors from all over the world to our region.
“The fact that it is retaining many of the Mid-Century features is going to make it a destination in and of itself – we wish the team behind it every success ahead of opening.”
The Telegraph Hotel features 88 fully air-conditioned bedrooms, several of which are duplex penthouse suites, along with large doubles and twins.
It also features an all-day bar and restaurant called the Forme & Chase, and a rooftop bar, Generators, which overlooks Belgrade Square.
The hotel includes meeting and conference facilities. The Editors Suite, can accommodate up to 160 and has a pre-function bar. There are also two private rooms – the Boardroom and Directors – which can each accommodate up to 12 people for meetings and private dinners.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration at Coventry City Council, said: “The Telegraph Hotel is a fantastic location and an important new addition to Coventry city centre.
“Not only is it giving a new lease of life to an iconic building in the city centre, but it is creating jobs at a time when they are truly needed, boosting the economy.
“It was very interesting to take a look around the hotel and see the fantastic work that has been done.
“It could not have come at a better time with Coventry’s City of Culture year just around the corner. We are all looking forward to seeing the Telegraph Hotel officially open its doors.”
Brian Harrabin, of CDP, added: “We have been working for so long on getting all the details and the construction right that it was great to actually start showing people what we have achieved.
“Our aim has always been to create a hotel with that wow factor and the focus on Mid-century architecture and design helps to do just that. We are extremely pleased with the fantastic response that we have had from the visit and look forward to showcasing the finished hotel with everyone very soon.”