Patrons of the historic hotel said guests were eager to return to live events. Located in City Square, in the heart of Leeds, The Queens Hotel officially reopened its doors last June after a nine-month restoration and modernization project.
A Queens spokesperson said: “Live hospitality and event venues have been among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years. With the recent announcement of the end From Plan B restrictions for England, the easing of coronavirus measures is welcome news for hospitality businesses across the country.
Signaling the start of a positive year for the industry, The Queens Hotel in Leeds saw a 49% increase in booking revenue compared to the third quarter of 2021, with bookings ranging from small executive meetings to conferences. , large-scale events and celebrations.”
Paul Priest, Business Development Manager of The Queens Hotel, said: “The increase in booking revenue has been a welcome boost for the hotel and for the city.
“The vast majority of our customers are eager to return to live events, while a small proportion are interested in hybrid events that combine live and virtual. At the inquiry stage, they want
knowing how to make the most of all event spaces, with social distancing measures, hybrid options and flexibility being key – rather than costs.
“That being said, our customers want the industry to try and get back to normal, and now conversations are going back to pre-Covid days and back to live events with standard terms and conditions.”
Bosses said the venue is now poised to play a key role in the city and the sector’s post-pandemic recovery.
Mr Priest added: “I hope the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 is now behind us. The past two years have been difficult for everyone; difficult for venues to manage cancellations and
changes and difficult for customers and organizers. But, based on the levels of our inquiries and bookings, people want to come back to live events. The buzz in Queens over the last six months of 2021 after lockdown restrictions were lifted has been incredible – and this year is looking to be even better.”
The refurbishment of The Queens Hotel included transforming its ground floor into a multitude of common areas, centered around a ‘social hub’
All 13 meeting rooms have been refreshed and modernized, while the hotel also houses the Queens Ballroom with a capacity of 500 people.
All rooms have been renovated and 17 additional rooms have been added, bringing the total number of rooms to 232.
The Grade II listed hotel was built in 1937 in the art deco style of the time. It was built as a railway hotel by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and still has private access to the station.
Celebrity guests have included Laurel and Hardy, who stayed twice during the height of their fame.