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Contractors check out of Monkbar Hotel after completing £3m transformation

Contractors have checked out of a York city centre hotel for the final time after putting the finishing touches to a major £3m facelift.

The work to the Best Western Monkbar Hotel, which began in May 2014, has seen the construction of a new extension housing 27 bedrooms and a state-of-the-art ground-floor function suite.

All the public areas, including reception, residents’ lounge and meeting rooms have been upgraded, as have all the guest bedrooms.

One of the main features of the new look Monkbar Hotel is the creation of The Yorkshire bar and grill, a brand-new dining concept open to residents and non –residents, from breakfast until late.

The significant investment – which will take the hotel’s current Best Western three star rating to four star PLUS – has also resulted in the creation of 20 new full and part time jobs.

Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said: “We are delighted the work is now finally finished, and our transformation is complete.

“The Monkbar was opened 25 years ago and those familiar with ‘old’ hotel will be in for a huge surprise when they next visit us. In fact, they won’t recognize it!

“We are incredibly proud of the ‘new’ Monkbar, which is a hotel the whole of York can be proud of.

“The new Yorkshire bar and grill is already proving to be a popular haunt with non-residents, who are keen to soak up the atmosphere and sample the new dishes created by head chef, Ben Allnutt.”

Mr Usher, who is chair of the York Hoteliers Association, added: “I would like to thank all our guests for bearing with us over the last 17 months. Now the work is complete, we look forward to welcoming them back to the new Monkbar Hotel.”

The look and feel of the hotel was created by interior designer Janine Powel, of Hampton Design. Previous clients of hers include hotel giants Marriott, Intercontinental, Hilton and Ramada.

The Monkbar Hotel was purchased in 2007 by Shiva Hotels.

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Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher in the hotel’s recently renovated reception

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