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Moat House to have £6.5m makeover to become Hilton

Hilton will soon have two hotels in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Moat House on Festival Park, which is currently a Best Western Plus, has been bought by the chain.

It will undergo a £6.5m renovation, before reopening as DoubleTree by Hilton Stoke-on-Trent next year.

The site includes Etruria Hall, a meetings, events and wedding venue, which was built in 1769 as the home of Wedgwood founder Josiah Wedgwood.

The news comes as a topping out ceremony was held this week less than a mile away at the Hilton Garden Inn development at Smithfield in Hanley.

The 140 room hotel is expected to be open to guests in early 2020.

City council bosses say they approved the plans because of a need for more accommodation in the Potteries - with 5.1 million visitor trips to Stoke-on-Trent in 2017, worth £349 million to the local economy.

Graham Dodd, Managing Director, Development, UK & Ireland, Hilton said: “It’s an exciting time to be opening two hotels in Stoke - the city remains a centre for the pottery and ceramic industry, while industries such as energy are flourishing.

"DoubleTree by Hilton Stoke-on-Trent will undergo a £6.5 million refurbishment we very much look forward to welcoming guests to DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, welcomed Hilton’s commitment to Stoke-on-Trent. She said: “This is another signal that we are taking strides forward as a city.

"It’s fantastic news and demonstrates the confidence investors have in the city as a business and travel destination.

"The plans to invest in DoubleTree by Hilton Stoke-on-Trent and improve the property’s facilities are exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing the transformation come to fruition.”

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