Huddersfield isn’t exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to town centre hotels, but a new option is due to open its doors and welcome guests from May 17th.
Local lad Awaias Riaz is behind the conversion of the old County Court building on Princess Street, as Managing Director of Stay Hotel Group. The 30-year old Birkby born and bred hotelier studied at Manchester University then worked in real estate before being drawn to the hospitality industry. Stay Hotel, as the new venture is named, is the second hotel for the group, having opened the 42 Aparthotel in Scunthorpe last year.
“It’s been a huge success”, said Awaias, “and we were able to stay open in a limited capacity during lockdown to support NHS staff”. A reminder that, although it seems like a distant past, it wasn’t that long ago that our NHS heroes were often trying to avoid going home to their families to keep them safe.
It’s plain to see that the new hotel has been finished to a high standard, and is positively dripping with opulence! “The building lent itself to being a hotel, and the location is perfect. The decor was a personal passion project, and was design-led, which helped us a lot!”. Mr Riaz explained that all in all, renovations took over two years due to lockdowns and restrictions.
Huddersfield businesses and contractors have been involved in many aspects of the project; marketing company Ark Digital are behind Stay’s social media, logos and design work, and beds and mattresses were supplied by Bedworld. Further afield, structural engineer contractors HIMS worked on turning the old Court building into a 23-room hotel that retained its traditional features and charm. New, stylish touches have been added in the bar and reception areas using epoxy resin from CRYSTALline, who are based in Preston.
Stay Hotel offers accommodation across 20 double and kingsize rooms, two ‘junior suites’, and a (quite frankly, spectacular) master suite set across the top floor of the building. Guests choosing to stay in the master suite will find themselves in a luxurious, open-plan space along with a king-size bed, large comfortable sofa, a large bath and a separate walk-in shower on the other side of a panel behind the bed. The standard tea and coffee-making facilities found in the standard rooms are upgraded to Nespresso coffee machines in the junior and master suites. All rooms aside from the ‘penthouse’ are fitted with 43” smart TVs – the master suite boasts a massive 65” viewing experience! All rooms also have a minibar fridge, USB charging points, blackout curtains, and en-suite bathrooms with a choice of shower or bath on booking.
Accessibility has been considered; upper floors are accessible by elevator, and at least one of the double rooms is wheelchair friendly and has grab rails placed accordingly.
Whilst rooms are decorated in a few different colour schemes which complement the interior of the Grade II listed building, it is the reception and bar areas that really catch the eye. With a very boutique, Art-Deco feel, the walls are painted in a rich, deep palette, punctuated by intriguing decorations and accessories. The framed images of exotic animals dressed to impress add a sense of whimsy and mischief.
Guests will be welcomed to the relaxing lounge to begin their day with a freshly prepared breakfast, with delights such as a full English, avocado toast and pancakes on offer.
The town centre building also houses a new restaurant, Fika, which will be opening to the public in June. The menu for this is currently being worked on by Stay Hotel’s development chef.
Whilst recruiting has already taken place, Awaias highlighted that they are always on the lookout for enthusiastic staff, and another breakfast chef would be of interest – does this sound like you?
So, to recap. Town centre hotel, close to the train and bus stations, next to the Town Hall, conveniently placed for road links. A variety of room options, all finished to an exquisite standard. Stunningly decorated and fitted out, and an appealing menu to ponder. Stay Hotel claims to “bring together luxury and comfort in the very heart of Huddersfield town centre”, and it certainly seems that’s a claim they can comfortably make.
“Stay Hotel Huddersfield is an exciting project for us at the Stay Group. We look forward to welcoming our first guests soon”, said Mr Riaz. All at Huddersfield Times wish Awaias, and Stay Hotels Group, the very best of luck with the opening and continued success.