DONCASTER has received a tourism boost with another of its hotels being handed four star status.
The Earl of Doncaster on Bennetthorpe has been upgraded following a £5 million programme which has seen it extended and renovated.
That now means it joins a list of four star hotels which already includes The Crown in Bawtry, and The Mount Pleasant, near Rossington, which have both been used by internationally famous pop stars and football teams during visits to the borough.
Hotel manager at The Earl of Doncaster, Fraser Wolstencroft, said: “The new part of the hotel has been purpose built to reflect the high standard of quality and value, and all the rooms have been designed and furnished to the highest specification.
“As well as the new extension to the hotel, we also completely renovated the existing bedrooms, redesigning them to match our new style, and to bring them up to the same high standard of the new bedrooms.
“We are obviously delighted that we have been awarded four star status and a special award for service, something which we are very proud of.
“We do pride ourselves on our quality of service, and all our staff are trained to the highest of levels to strive to exceed customer expectations every time. We want our guests to have a luxury experience when they visit us, and to enjoy the hotel and its ambience.”
Four star status was handed out following an inspection by Visit England, one of the governing boards for the hotel star rating.
Their criteria in setting the star rating is based on services and facilities provided for guests, including the hospitality of the staff, food quality and cleanliness.
The 44-room hotel had previously maintained a three star rating since the 1970s.
The current building dates back to 1933, when a previous hotel building on the same site was demolished and replaced by its then owners, Barnsley Brewery, with what is now one of Doncaster’s few remaining Art Deco style buildings. There has been a hotel on the site since the 1800s.