Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed that it has received planning approval for the construction of a new Hilton Garden Inn on the west side of Doncaster Racecourse. Construction will commence at the start of 2017 and the hotel will open in the summer of 2018.
Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse will provide much needed quality accommodation in Doncaster with 154 guestrooms over six floors. Alongside high-quality lodgings, the hotel will be home to a flexible event space located on the first floor which will boast extensive views over the racecourse and can be used for corporate and leisure race-day hospitality, providing guests with an ideal setting to view the sporting action and enjoy excellent hospitality. The hotel will feature associated parking and landscaping which will enhance the image of the racecourse and provide a beautiful surround to the hotel.
Executive director of Doncaster Racecourse, Tim Banfield, said: “Doncaster Racecourse is steeped in heritage and plays an important role in the local community. We are delighted to be working with Doncaster Council and Hilton on this exciting project which marks a new era for the racecourse. The development of a new Hilton Garden Inn will provide the town with a much needed quality hotel for guests, as well as extra capacity for racegoers on racedays.”
The UK is already home to 138 Hilton hotels across eight brands and Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse will mark the brand’s debut in the town.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, Hilton said: “Hilton has a strong legacy of sporting venue developments, with more than 10,000 rooms either trading or under construction across four continents. With more than 280,000 people visiting Doncaster Racecourse in 2015, this hotel will provide prime mid-scale accommodation to domestic and international travellers alike.”
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, added: “This prestigious development which brings Hilton’s world famous hospitality to our internationally acclaimed racecourse is a real feather in Doncaster’s cap. The scheme will complement the new homes going up at Belle Vue and plans for the former Doncaster Bloodstock Sales and is more evidence of Doncaster delivering on the jobs and growth front.”