Talbot Gateway Holiday Inn to open in May

With the Holiday Inn Blackpool opening its doors this May, RBH Hospitality Management has revealed brand new images of the new hotel and Marco’s New York Italian restaurant.

The images give guests a glimpse of what they can expect when they come to stay or dine in the four-star hotel in the coming months, from the amazing function room facilities to the stunning hotel lobby

The hotel is now taking bookings from May 1, 2024.

Alongside the new 144-bedroom hotel, the pictures also showcase Marco’s New York Italian restaurant which is situated on the ground floor. The restaurant is inspired by Pierre White’s Italian heritage and his love for New York, serving a mixture of Italian-inspired dishes and American classics including fresh pasta, handmade pizza and steaks.

Cllr Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Levelling Up (Place) at Blackpool Council, added: “The hotel and restaurant are a major phase in our redevelopment of the Talbot Gateway and our plans to make Blackpool better. “It’s a huge transformation to the first impression people get when they arrive in Blackpool, and has created a huge range of jobs and opportunities for local people.

“In addition to the hotel and the jobs and business that brings, residents will also be able to enjoy a brand new top-class restaurant.

“Once the hotel is open, we’ll be looking to open the new underpass to the station and tramway extension soon after."

General Manager of the Holiday Inn Blackpool, Mark Winter, said: “We’re so excited we’ve got the keys to the hotel so we can get all the final preparation finished ahead of opening our doors. The rooms and facilities are all looking amazing and it’s great to be able to share a glimpse of what our guests can expect with these latest pictures.

“We’ve fulfilled most of our roles thanks to our ‘Be More You’ recruitment campaign and we’ve got a great team in place. We’ve still got exciting positions to fill so we do encourage people to visit our bespoke recruitment website, which lists the live opportunities on offer as well as roles that will open in the coming weeks at both the Holiday Inn Blackpool & Marco’s New York Italian restaurant.”

The hotel has created 80 new jobs, from managerial positions through to front of house and housekeeping staff, with recruitment starting shortly.

The hotel, which is being developed by Muse in partnership with Blackpool Council, and tram extension form the second phase of the £350m Talbot Gateway regeneration of the area.

The extension to Blackpool tramway, which will connect the Talbot Gateway and train station directly with Blackpool Promenade, is also being constructed as part of the development, alongside an underpass allowing pedestrians to access the hotel and tramway directly from the station. Five additional retail units have been constructed underneath the hotel and are available for lease.

Blackpool Council, alongside Muse, has already developed the 125,000 sq ft Number One Bickerstaffe Square council office, a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a refurbished 650-space multi-storey car park, alongside extensive public spaces for the community to enjoy.

The third phase of the Talbot Gateway regeneration includes a new seven storey, 215,000 sq ft sustainable office building which will bring 3,500 civil service workers into the area when it opens in 2025, while land is currently being acquired ahead of phase four, a new £65m Multiversity educational campus which will also attract 3,000 more staff and students to the area.

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