The Chairman of Arena Racing Company hailed the opening of the new Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse last night, at an exclusive event that marked its arrival in Doncaster.
The hotel hosted an invitation-only Grand Opening party, compered by Simon Morykin of Hallam FM, which saw VIPs and business leaders come together - including the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones; David Thorpe, Chairman of the Arena Racing Group; and Graham Dodd, Managing Director for Development, Hilton UK & Ireland.
Guests were treated to live entertainment and guided tours of the hotel, as well as a sneak-peek of the property’s conferencing and events facilities.
The development by Doncaster Racecourse Management Company represents a significant £20million investment by Arena Racing Company and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of Arena Racing Company, David Thorpe, said: “The arrival of the Hilton Garden Inn here at Doncaster Racecourse marks a major landmark for this historic site.
“With an asset such as this here, we know Doncaster Racecourse will continue to grow, attracting more visitors and businesses and, in turn, benefiting the local economy.”
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “Doncaster as a place is well connected by rail, road and air, as well as sport, leisure and family.
“Having this hotel will help strengthen those connections and ties, and demonstrate that as a destination – Doncaster is truly international.
“We welcome visitors and business from across the globe and we’re proud to say Doncaster will always be there at the forefront. We always believe in delivering at city standard and, with an internationally acclaimed brand such as Hilton here in the borough, what more can we ask for?”
Louise O’Reilly, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We’re really excited to have marked the hotel’s arrival in Doncaster with this special celebration event.
“It provided us with a great chance to showcase what we’ve got to offer both the leisure and corporate markets, and to demonstrate what a fantastic new asset the hotel is for Doncaster and the surrounding areas.”
The 154-guest room hotel offers panoramic views of the racecourse, providing guests with an unrivaled setting to view the sporting action.
It also boasts conferencing and event facilities with a capacity of up to 1,200 delegates, as well as a restaurant and bar, 24/7 Pavilion Pantry, a Business Centre and Fitness Centre fitted with the latest equipment.
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