Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with Leisurepoint, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shiva Hotels, to turn York's Monk Bar hotel into a DoubleTree by Hilton.
The four-AA-star hotel is scheduled to join DoubleTree by Hilton late autumn 2017, following a £6m investment which will involve the construction of 15 new guest rooms. The investment will take the hotel's total room count to 140, followed by a second phase of improvements to public areas and existing bedrooms.
The second phase of the regeneration, due for completion later this year, will include a new fitness centre, reconfigured reception and a new dining concept. The hotel has been part of the Best Western Plus brand.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton, said: "Shiva Hotels is a close partner, with four hotels under four brands across the UK trading or under construction. Projects in Heathrow Terminal 5 and London Waterloo have proven very successful and, along with DoubleTree by Hilton York, we're looking forward later this year to opening one of our first Curio Collection hotels in London, at Canary Wharf with Shiva Hotels."
Graham Usher, general manager, added: "The conversion under DoubleTree by Hilton is a milestone in the hotel's 27-year history. The latest round of redevelopment will ensure DoubleTree by Hilton York's place as one of the finest hotels in this city's centre."
Picture: Graham Usher (left) and Nikki Brannan, sales manager at the hotel
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