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Refurbishment Updates


The BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound transformation – which will see the addition of new bedrooms, meeting rooms and the refurbishment of its existing public areas and guest rooms.
The £3 million scheme will take 12 months to complete and lead to the creation of more than 20 new jobs.
Once the work is completed in Summer 2015, the city centre hotel will boast 125 fully refurbished bedrooms, newly designed public areas, including restaurant, lounge and reception and a number of flexible meeting rooms and a state of the art 170 seater function suite.
In addition the hotel will boost its current Best Western rating from three star to four star plus, and see the introduction of new food & beverage experiences for residential guests, diners and conference delegates alike.
The interior of the public areas and existing and new 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. 
The new extension has resulted 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 & Gatwick.
  “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.”  Graham Usher – General Manager of the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel.