Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Hilton to Open First Hotel in Harrogate

16 May 2018 by Hendrik le Roux | Director of Sales Majestic

HARROGATE, UK and MCLEAN, Va. – 16 May 2018 - Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with the Cairn Group to open DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate. The hotel, formerly The Majestic Hotel Harrogate, will open at the end of 2019 following a £15 million refurbishment programme.

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Work has already begun on upgrading the stately Victorian hotel and once complete, will include 170 refreshed modern guestrooms, fitness facilities, a spa and pool and state-of-the-art conference and events space for up to 500 delegates.   

Aneil Handa, Director, Cairn Group, said: “We are excited to announce that the highly regarded DoubleTree by Hilton brand is coming to Harrogate. This partnership will enhance our iconic hotel’s current offering and we are very much looking forward to working with Hilton and seeing the finished results.”

Aneil continued: “This conversion follows the successful transition of two of our Cairn Group hotels to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newcastle International Airport and DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing, and represents an exciting opportunity for Harrogate and the Cairn Group.”

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton, said: “A Victorian landmark, this hotel is a fantastic addition to our DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio. The hotel has been a paragon of Harrogate hospitality for more than one hundred years and, following its renovation, will become the first choice for hotel accommodation in the upmarket spa town.”

For meetings and events, there will be six state-of-the-art boardrooms and nine conference and events suites. The hotel will also receive a boost to its restaurant offerings, which will include a champagne bar and restaurant, lounge bar, terrace and private dining room.

The hotel is currently part of The Cairn Collection, a hand-picked portfolio of Cairn Group hotels. The Cairn Hotel Group is a family-owned business headquartered in Newcastle, with 50-years’ experience in the industry. The hotel will continue to be owned and operated by The Cairn Group and will create a number of new jobs at all levels.

For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton openings, visit news.doubletree.com. or email enquiries@doubletree-harrogate.co.uk