A multi-million pound project to open a new apart-hotel near Winckley Square is coming to completion.Advertisement
With views of both the Georgian Square and into Avenham and Miller Park the Winckley Square Hotel is the latest project from the Walker and Williams group.
Director Max Williams said the group had expanded after seeing demand rocket for their first apart-hotel No10 Preston in Theatre Street which opened in 2016.
He said: “We’re doing this because there’s a clear demand for it in Preston.
“People want good quality places to stay. You look around and the other hotels you’ve got a four-star at best up at the Marriott but it’s not in the city centre.
“We’ve found people really like No10 and that flexibility, and the feeling if you’re on business of having your own apartment-like space but with the comforts of a hotel.”
Located in Camden Place and bordering Ribblesdale Place the former semi-detatched houses and extension were used by a solicitors firm who moved to the other side of Winckley Square.
Walker and Williams have invested £2.8million in the refit to create the 14 bespoke apartments.
Max said: “You have to do things properly and we’ve learned a lot from No10 too, little things like the way we fit shower trays. Doesn’t sound like a big thing but it’s that attention to detail which people appreciate.”
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The size of the building, which is a labyrinth to explore, has different sized rooms with some being the size of a good one-bedroom flat. Each has their own en-suite bathroom.
Different to No10 Preston is the inclusion of a restaurant on the ground floor.
Flanagan’s Brasserie is being incorporated into the hotel to offer dining and breakfast options for guests but also available to the public.
Max explained: “At No10 we’re in that position next to Theatre Street, Bistrot Pierre and Fino Tapas that there’s lots of choice.
“Down in Winckley Square itself there isn’t that choice so we felt this was the right thing to do in terms of including Flanagan’s. The sheer scale of the building means it is easy to incorporate.
“I’m really excited to get this open and see how the city responds. You hear Preston is on the up and everything I’m seeing backs that up. We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that.”
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Winckley Square Hotel is due to open from Monday (17 December).
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