Rotherham boutique hotel opening creates 25 jobs

UK: The George Wright boutique hotel, bar and restaurant in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has officially opened, creating 25 new jobs.

The Grade-II listed building, located behind the High Street on Snail Hill, dates back to the beginning of the 19th century but has been unused since the mid-1990s after being severely fire-damaged.

Following a £500,000 redevelopment scheme, the venue has opened its doors as a seven-bedroom boutique hotel.

The George Wright features a function room that can accommodate 150 people with open terraces and a botanical-type garden to the rear. The building also boasts gin and whisky bars and a gallery restaurant with an open kitchen offering dining for up to 80 people.

The redevelopment has been designed by architects Self and White Design.

Project architect Kevin Unwin said: “This is a brilliant regeneration project which is bringing new life to a wonderful building, creating jobs and providing something unique for the people of Rotherham. We have, wherever possible, reinstated a lot of the original brickwork, natural stone and timber which has been left exposed to keep the feel of the building throughout. The internal fit out has also included the refurbishment of things like original fireplaces and front doors.”

Each bedroom is named after a famous son or daughter of Rotherham. These include civil engineer Sir Donald Coleman Bailey and abolitionist Elizabeth Walker.

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