Press | Guildford launch party October 2011


Business and political figures join Jeremy Hunt MP for opening reception at Radisson Edwardian Guildford

Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, was guest of honour last night at a reception to celebrate the opening of the £60 million Radisson Edwardian Guildford designed by the internationally acclaimed Rabih Hage.

Hunt was joined by over 500 specially invited guests from business, politics and the travel industry. Other guests included Cllr Terence Patrick, Mayor of Guildford along with representatives from Surrey University, Guildford Cathedral and G-Live.

Addressing guests, Jeremy Hunt shared his experiences as a student working as a luggage porter in a Parisian hotel where he advised that he found the Americans the best tippers and by pretending to be French got bigger tips! Growing up in the Guildford area he said, “It’s amazing to see the changes thanks to the redevelopment that has been going on these past few years. I’m delighted that Guildford will play host to the Olympic flame next year and this hotel forms a key part of the town’s London 2012 legacy. The Olympics will be a crucial springboard for UK tourism from which the Radisson Edwardian Guildford, and many other hotels, will benefit.”

Guildford’s first four-star hotel is a joint venture between Marcol and the Nicholas James Group along with operator, Radisson Edwardian, and forms a major part of the regeneration of the town’s upper high street. 165 new jobs were created by the group, the majority of which have been recruited locally. With London 2012 fast approaching and Guildford playing host not only to several teams, but to the Olympic flame itself, the Radisson Edwardian Guildford will be an important part of the Games’ legacy, providing much needed luxury accommodation and facilities in the town centre. The presence of one of the UK’s leading hotel groups in Guildford has already attracted global organisations and is set to benefit the town immeasurably.

The 183 room hotel was once the site of the White Horse Hotel, a 17th century coaching inn. The new design has retained the period façade with an ultra-modern glass atrium housing a seven metre high bookcase accessed by a “ladder to nowhere”, a nod by designer Hage to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (Carroll is buried in Guildford). Other facilities include two bars and restaurants, al fresco terrace, spa with indoor pool, fully equipped gym and seven private function rooms.

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