Alistair Campbell has joined The QHotels Group to become general manager of The Queens Hotel Leeds.
The new appointment comes as the hotel also begins a £16m refurbishment which is set to be unveiled summer 2021.
Campbell joins The Queens Hotel with a “wealth of experience” in hotel management, having worked with Hilton, Thistle, Crowne Plaza and Radisson. Arriving from his most recent position as general manager of the flagship Radisson Blu at Manchester Airport, Campbell has been recruited by QHotels Group to ensure the “most successful transition” for the hotel.
The group said each of the 232 rooms will see a “luxurious redesign”, whilst the hotel is set to play to the new way people are using city-centre hotel spaces. With plans for a ‘social hub’ at its heart, the transformed ground floor will offer a “multitude of vibrant communal areas”, as well as creating a boutique and personal check-in area.
Campbell said: “This is an incredibly exciting time and I am honoured to be joining The Queens Hotel team at such an important juncture.
“This investment has been a long time coming for the hotel and the city, in my short time here, it has already been an incredible experience witnessing the transformation first-hand. Our construction team are working carefully to ensure that we retain the historic features that people know and love, whilst bringing the property firmly into the 21st Century.”
He added: “We have received an overwhelming response to the news with people thrilled to see the hotel returned to its former glory. It is now my job to ensure that we exceed expectations and welcome guests to an experience that will be better than ever before.”
Richard Moore, group chief executive of The QHotels Group, said: “How people use city-centre hotel public spaces has changed. The Queens Hotel Leeds is responding to this by providing the perfect place to meet, eat, drink and celebrate once again.
“I am extremely pleased to have Alistair at the helm of this important hotel for us. His attention to detail and dedication to providing a first-class guest experience means I am confident he and the team will establish The Queens Hotel as an outstanding place to visit in Leeds.”
The Queens Hotel Leeds, is set to reopen in spring 2021 and the full transformation will be revealed in summer 2021.