Hotel is saved from closure

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A SHEFFIELD hotel has been saved from closure after being taken over by another major firm.

The four-star Sheffield Park Hotel at Meadowhead will be relaunched under Hilton’s Double Tree brand after being bought out for £4 million.

The move has saved 60 workers from redundancy at the 95-bedroom hotel, which was threatened with closure after previous owners the Pedersen Group went into administration.

The business has been acquired by hotel operators Longrose Buccleuch, together with private investors Hotbed.

Work will now start on a new look for the hotel, which will carry on trading while refurbishments take place.

Garin Davies, a director at Longrose Buccleuch and former general manager of Sheffield’s St Paul’s hotel, said: “We’ll be bringing one of the city’s best-known hotels back to life.

“We are a very experienced operating group specialising in high quality hotels.

“The Double Tree by Hilton will be an exciting new addition offering the best in dining and accommodation as well as conferencing, banqueting, weddings and leisure facilities.”

The hotel chain is known for giving a freshly baked, warm chocolate chip cookie to each guest on arrival, a tradition that began in the 1980s.

The Park Hotel was built in 1987 and was originally called the Sheffield Moat House.

Nick Goulding, from lawyers HLW, who advised the sale, added: “We’re delighted this investment will secure the jobs of 60 local people and potentially create further employment opportunities in the future.”