Surge of bookings for Coventry’s new £18m Telegraph Hotel as opening date revealed

Coventry Telegraph Hotel

Coventry city centre’s eagerly awaited Telegraph Hotel will now open its doors for the very first time to the public on May 17 – and has already attracted a surge of bookings.

The former Coventry Telegraph headquarters in Corporation Street has been transformed into a luxury hotel that celebrates the cool Mid-Century style of the building thanks to a two-year, £18 million investment programme

The Corporation Street-based hotel was set to open last year, but Coronavirus lockdowns and the Government’s Tier system meant that was unable to happen.

However, people won’t have to wait until May to get a taste of the Telegraph experience as the outdoor rooftop bar – Generators – will open from April 14 serving up a tapas style menu with a selection of its headline cocktails, drinks and more. Bookings are being taken now.

Within hours of deciding to open the Generators bar, more than 800 people had booked, adhering to the ‘rule of six’.  The bar which is covered and heated will open from Wednesday through to Sunday every week.

Amy Windsor, General Manager of the Telegraph Hotel, said: “We are thrilled that we finally have some dates that we can work towards and know that we will soon be fully operational and welcoming in guests.

“So many people have been really disappointed that we haven’t been able to open – Coventry is yearning for a touch of glamour and it will be great to see people going out to enjoy themselves.

“The fact that we can open the rooftop bar in April means that people will get a small sample of what we can offer, before being able to give the fully experience in May.  Lockdown has really heightened anticipation and our guests won’t be disappointed.

“We are offering a table service at Generators which is fully outdoor, with a maximum of six people operated within Government guidelines in a safe environment. Tables have to be booked in advance.”

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

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.

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 terrace.

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

The hotel will be operated by Bespoke Hotels, the largest independent hotel company in the UK.

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.