The company behind the George Hotel have this week opened their newest hotel in Colchester.
St Nicholas House at The George was officially opened on Wednesday (5th December) by Colchester Mayor, Peter Chillingworth.
The 44 bedroom hotel will form an extension of The George, due to undergo a refurbishment programme beginning in January 2019.
Suki Dulai, Flying Trade Group CEO spoke of the investment in the new hotel. “I am thrilled at the opening of the first phase of our regeneration of The George Hotel and St Nicholas House. We are delighted to have brought life back to St Nicholas House with the creation of 44 impressive en suite bedrooms and suites right in the heart of Colchester.
“As we move onto the second phase of our project, the restoration of The George itself, we have to ensure that, whilst we bring the hotel back up to date with modern facilities, we don’t lose the historical atmosphere of the building. Our aim is to keep the charm and ambience of the hotel, while delivering consistent standards, good food and accommodation.”
The refurbishment announcement came in January 2017, when Harwich-based developer Flying Trade Group, behind the Surya Hotels brand, announced plans for no less than a £10 million investment and expansion for Colchester.
Opening of St Nicholas Hotel has now doubled the amount of rooms available to 91 with creation of the 44 modern, executive double rooms, including family rooms and balcony suites.
Suki added: “We continue to invest heavily in Colchester with The George Regeneration Project along with St Nicholas House, Claudius Gateway and One Castle Park, with an emphasis on making the most of the town’s rich history. We aim to open up the cellar of The George and emulate the One Castle Park project by exposing the remains of a Roman house which lies beneath it.
“We want to expose the history within The George, so customers can feel and appreciate the warmth and depth of its past, while also enjoying the comforts and convenience of modern day life, from WiFi to Cappuccino.”