New Year, new future for Sheffield hotel
The former Hilton hotel has been saved from extinction by Legacy Hotels & resorts
The landmark former Sheffield Hilton hotel is set for a new future, it was announced last week (Jan 10).
One of the UK’s leading independent hotel management companies, Legacy Hotels & Resorts has been appointed to re-open the four-star hotel and leisure club over the coming weeks following its closure late last year.
The property, which originally opened under the ownership and branding of Stakis Hotels, features 128 bedrooms, a spa with an extensive gym and swimming pool, meeting spaces and is home to the Quays Restaurant. Situated on Furnival Road, at Victoria Quays, (Sheffield’s developing Canal Basin area) close to the historic railway arches. The building is a well known and prominent feature on the City skyline and stands in a gateway location.
New operators, Legacy Hotels & Resorts, is a privately owned, hotel management company with a substantial portfolio of trading hotels and an active development pipeline of branded and independent guestrooms throughout the UK, Spain and Scandinavia representing around 3,300 guestrooms.
The news is a significant New Year boost for Sheffield’s hotel sector and the Victoria Quays area where a £5.8m scheme to strengthen access links to the city centre is set for completion in March (2020), strengthening footfall.
It is anticipated the hotel, to be re-named The Quays Hotel – Sheffield will open in early February following the implementation of new systems and the recruitment of staff. The new operator’s plans will see the hotel’s gym facilities becoming active again for guests and non-residents, where there was a membership of more than 1,400 – this is scheduled for the end of the month.
Legacy Hotels & Resorts Chief Executive Andy Townsend said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to take on the management of the former Hilton Hotel on behalf of the new Sheffield-based owning company. Having previously worked for Stakis Hotels back in its day I recall the hotel’s opening with fondness and the enthusiasm it drove to that part of the city – I hope in time we can re-kindle those emotions and support”.
“This is set to be an exciting time for one of the city’s best-known hotel locations. It is a well-established addition to our flourishing hotel portfolio.
“Over the years the hotel has been popular with guests, diners and leisure facility users alike. It has tremendous potential where we will also seek to build on its popularity as an event location.
“We are currently evaluating branding options to support the development of the business moving forward and suspect we will come to some early decisions very soon”.
Hilton Sheffield ceased to operate on the 15 December 2019. Hilton managed the property on behalf of the owning company which surrendered its lease resulting in the closure. The closure was not linked to Hilton’s operation of the hotel.