Sir Gary Verity today (1 March) reopened the landmark hotel which was one of the many businesses left devastated by the recent floods.
The 135-bedroom hotel, which also houses seven meeting rooms, a restaurant and a full leisure centre with gym and swimming pool, has been fully refurbished at a cost of £1m.
It is estimated that in the nine weeks the hotel has been closed, it has lost £1.2m in revenue. However, its owners are confident its reopening will bring a new lease of life to both the hotel and the city’s leisure and tourism offering.
Marco Frik, general manager of the hotel, said: “There is no doubt that the Boxing Day floods devastated our hotel’s infrastructure and that it’s been a difficult and costly journey to get to this point.
“However, we have spent more than £1m getting the hotel back to full working order, and we’ve taken the opportunity to upgrade certain areas of the hotel such as the leisure centre, so the reopening is certainly worth the wait.”
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “I’m delighted that the Crowne Plaza has reopened after suffering such severe damage in the recent floods.
“The Crowne Plaza is a central part of the Leeds business community and I encourage visitors to Leeds to book a stay at the hotel.
“As well as experiencing new facilities, they can show their support in helping to get flood affected businesses back on their feet.
“Yorkshire is open for business and we are ready to give all of our visitors a warm Yorkshire welcome.”
Over the past two months, the Crown Plaza Leeds’ 80-strong workforce has been redeployed to other hotels across the country, with a core group held on site to man the hotel and greet any pre-booked guests who were unaware of the hotel’s closure.
A team has also been based at the Express by Holiday Inn Royal Armouries to continue the hotel’s work, managing staff, existing bookings and events.
The hotel will be officially reopening for business from Tuesday 1 March, with the car park due to reopen later in the month.