City centre hotel defies pandemic woes to mark milestone

Brian Harrabin (CDP), Councillor Jim O’Boyle (Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change at Coventry City Council), Amy Windsor and Ian Harrabin (CDP)

A Coventry hotel which defied the Covid odds to open is marking its first anniversary.

The Telegraph Hotel, a 4-star hotel in the city centre, opened in May 2021 after its original launch date was postponed several times because of the pandemic lockdowns and the tier system.

The plight of the hotel was featured in national and international media as opening plans were repeatedly shelved, but the first year has proved a commercial success.

The venue has recorded in excess of £2m in sales, surpassing targets and expectations.

Amy Windsor, general manager of the Telegraph Hotel, said: “It’s been a whirlwind journey for us so far, and I can’t quite believe we’re celebrating our first birthday and to hit that figure is a real bonus.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the great feedback we’ve received from visitors in our first year of inception and are delighted by the support shown by our fellow Coventrians and the rest of the public over the past twelve months.

“To record over £2m in sales, surpassing targets and expectations along the way, is something we’re proud of and indicates to us that our efforts to provide an elite level of service to all of our guests are bearing fruit.

“Our cool Mid-Century style and 1950s theme has been received well– and we’re looking forward to welcoming Telegraph Hotel newbies, as well as old friends, to sample the atmosphere and immerse themselves in our hospitality.”

The Telegraph Hotel, created by Complex Development Projects from the then-unused former Coventry Telegraph offices as part of a two-year, £20m investment programme, has 88 bedrooms, including loft style penthouse suites on two levels.

The hotel is operated by Bespoke Hotels.