Coventry’s Telegraph Hotel named one of the top 100 hotels in Britain just five months after opening

Coventry Telegraph Hotel

Coventry’s Telegraph Hotel has been named one of the top 100 hotels in Britain in a leading hospitality guide – just five months after opening.

The luxury 4* hotel, which celebrates the cool Mid-Century style of the former Coventry Telegraph offices, has been included in the annual Sunday Times 100 Best British Hotels guide.

The survey highlights the quality design of the hotel, and the food and drink served in the Forme & Chase bar and restaurant, and the Telegraph is one of only two hotels from the West Midlands chosen in the guide (the other is The Grand Hotel in Birmingham).

The Telegraph opened in May after a two-year, £18 million investment programme, and has won praise from a string of national media who have visited and reviewed the hotel.

Ian Harrabin, who with his brother Brian, developed and owns the hotel – which is operated by Bespoke Hotels – said this was the highest accolade to date.

He said: “To be included in the Sunday Times top 100 after just five months trading is testament to the quality and design of the Telegraph, but also to the team, led by Amy Windsor, who have provided such a high level of customer service.

“We had to twice delay opening because of Covid but have delivered what we promised – a hotel which not only provides something new and different to people visiting the city and the region, but will also attract people purely to sample what we have created.

“To see the Telegraph Hotel featured in the Sunday Times guide really is a reward to everyone involved in the project and hopefully it will drive more people to come experience the hotel, but also Coventry, in what is a massive year for the city.

The hotel, created by Complex Development Projects, has 88 individually-designed air-conditioned bedrooms including loft style penthouse suites on two levels.

It features an all-day cocktail bar and restaurant dining experience, Forme & Chase, for a full meal, light bites, celebration dinners, afternoon tea and more. The bar and restaurant recreate the glamour of the 1950s retaining many of the building’s original features.

Generators, the roof top bar which overlooks Belgrade Square, attracted 3,000 people in the first month is opened.

The hotel’s most luxurious room is the Lord Iliffe Suite – named after the family who started and until recently owned the newspaper – which includes its own hot tub and outdoor terrace.

There is also the spectacular Winter Garden – which is a private, glazed indoor terrace only accessible from the 11 bedrooms that surround it.

Conferencing, weddings and events are well catered for with the Editors function space – capable of accommodating up to 160 guests across a range of layouts.

There are also two private meeting rooms – the Boardroom and Directors – which can each accommodate up to 12 people for smaller meetings and private dinners

Other hotels from across the region also feature in the listing including Mollie’s Diner, which opened its second location at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol in August. Mollie’s won for being the best budget hotel of the year. This follows the opening of its first such diner concept at Buckland, on the main road between Swindon and Oxford, in January 2019.

The Bristol Mollie’s opened followed a £15 million investment in the property, which has created 60 new jobs for the regional economy.

The Lamb at Shipton-under-Wychwood is cited as Pub of the Year.

The Double Red Duke at Bampton makes the listing, as does The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns (Ed… ahhh, my first job living away from home was as general assistant at The New Inn, waaaay back in the 1980s….. happy times!). Ingleside Hotel in Cirencester, Thyme in Southrop near Cirencester,

The Randolph in Oxford, which has undergone a major refurbishment, Crockers restaurant at Henley, Lemore Hotel, Herefordshire, The Bottle & Glass at Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire, Pensons in Worcestershire, Thornbury Castle near Bristol, Oakley Court, Berkshire,