£500k makeover to give Lincoln White Hart hotel a modern feel
A historic Lincoln hotel is being given a modern touch in a major refurbishment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The White Hart Hotel in Bailgate has had its ground floor improved over the last five years and now the property’s owners are tackling the 50 bedrooms.
New lighting, furniture and venetian blinds are among just some of the new features, with all the rooms set to be completed by the end of November. The city’s visitor economy is worth more than £100 million a year and the investment at the White Hart is music to the ears of business bosses.
And Ian Robinson, general manager at the White Hart, believes the investment of more than £500,000 shows the hotel’s commitment to Lincoln.
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“The old rooms were quite traditional in their design and what we have gone for now is more contemporary,” he said.
“We are bringing the rooms up to a more modern standard and giving them a contemporary feel.
“Lots more natural light will get into the rooms too. We are investing more than £500,000 and this shows that the city is growing and going from strength to strength.
“Lincoln is coming into its own and this is our commitment to the future of the city and long may it continue. We have been working on the first part of the refurbishment for about six weeks and the whole thing will be finished by the end of November.
“Feedback has been superb so far and the investment is paying off for us. We have long been known as Lincoln’s most historic hotel and this is the latest stage of our development over the last 600 years.”
Simon Beardsley, chief executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the news, stressing the importance of the visitor economy to the area.
“Further investment in a leading city centre hotel is great news,” he said. “Through Visit Lincoln, part of the Chamber’s tourism and hospitality network, we know that Lincoln’s visitor economy is worth over £131 million a year.
“To keep the city competitive against other UK destinations, we need to encourage more investment in the tourism industry. We also know that business optimism across the county is at its highest level since the recession started.
“According to the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey, 25 per cent of county firms say that they intend to invest more in their business, and 40 per cent of businesses questioned expect their profitability to increase over the next 12 months.
“This figure is the highest we’ve seen since 2009.”