York’s Monkbark hotel undergoes £3m transformation

A York city centre hotel is undergoing a multi-million-pound transformation – which will see the addition of new bedrooms, meeting rooms and the refurbishment of its existing public and guest rooms.

The £3 million scheme for the Best Western Monkbar Hotel  will take seven months to complete and lead to the creation of more than 20 new jobs at the award-winning venue.

The privately-owned hotel, which was opened in 1990, has seen a number of extensions over the past 24 years, with the previous one in 1998, taking it to its current number of 99 guest bedrooms.

The latest scheme will see 27 twin, double and executive rooms – plus a new function suite – being created in a new three-storey extension block within the hotel’s existing footprint.

The interior of the public areas and existing and news guest rooms have been designed by Janine Powel of Hampton Design, which credits Marriott, Intercontinental, Centre Parcs and New York University amongst its impressive client list. 

Once completed, the work will lift the hotel’s Best Western status from three star to four star plus, and herald the way for the introduction of new food & beverage experiences for residential guests, diners and conference delegates alike.

Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said:

“This significant investment marks the most exciting chapter in the Monkbar Hotel’s 24-year history.

“It is a major project that will totally transform the hotel and offer guests a range of new facilities.

“Whilst there will, undoubtedly, be some disruption – and for that we do apologise – the completed project will see the hotel boasting some of the most modern facilities in the city.

“The new extension will also be built to meet the latest BREEAM standards in terms of sound-proofing and environmental considerations.”

Mr Usher added:

“In addition to the extension, the existing 99 bedrooms will be refurbished and improved, each having new bathrooms, carpets and décor.

“Janine Powel of Hampton Design has brought her vast experience to the scheme by creating the look and feel of not only the new function suite and bedrooms, but to the existing rooms and public areas which are being transformed.”

Because the new extension will result in the loss of a number of car parking spaces, the hotel has negotiated a deal with City of York Council for the use of its car parks in and around the city.

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.

Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher and sales manager Nikki Brannan view plans for the hotel’s £3m transformation

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