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Third phase of Monkbar Hotel’s £3m transformation begins

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The third and final phase of a York hotel’s £3 million extension and improvement programme is to start later this month.

With the construction of the Best Western Monkbar Hotel’s new bedroom and function suite block complete, work will now begin on refurbishing the venue’s existing bedrooms and public rooms.

On completion, the city centre hotel will boast 125 bedrooms, seven “flexible” function rooms and a new food & beverage experiences for residential guests, diners and conference delegates alike.

This investment will help boost the Monkbar’s Best Western rating from its current three stars to four star plus, and will see the creation of an additional 20 new jobs.

Graham Usher, Monkbar Hotel general manager, said: “I’m delighted to say that with the completion of the new extension, the focus is now switching to the hotel’s interior.

“For this important phase of the project we have secured the services of Janine Powel of Hampton Design – an incredibly talented interior designer whose clients include hotel giants Marriott and Intercontinental.

“We are very fortunate to have her overseeing this work, and her eye for detail and her choice of furnishings will give the existing bedrooms, public rooms and function rooms a real lift.”

Mr Usher, who is the chair of York Hoteliers’ Association, added: “The completion of whole project will totally transform the Monkbar.

“It is the most significant development in our 25 year history and one both staff and guests have been looking forward to.

“This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to York’s tourist and conference industry, and one that will help boost the city’s offering to business and leisure visitors.”

The Monkbar Hotel was purchased in 2007 by Shiva Hotels, which owns venues in London, Derby, Manchester and Coventry, and recently opened two Hampton by Hilton hotels at Waterloo and Gatwick. 

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Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher with interior designer Janine Powell

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