Cardiff Staybridge Suites granted planning consent

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UK: Plans to refurbish a Holiday Inn property and add a 75-key Staybridge Suites hotel have been approved by Cardiff council.

The project will see the 75-key extended stay hotel built next to the existing Holiday Inn Express in Cardiff Bay which is being refurbished. Work on the project is expected start next spring and be ready for guests by mid 2020.

It will be Staybridge Suites' first venue in Wales, with units featuring suites with fully-equipped kitchens, separate working areas, entertainment and free wi-fi.

The development will also involve the refurbishment of the public areas at the current Holiday Inn Express. Ground floor amenities will include a gym, on-site 24/7 shop, fitness and laundry rooms and storage lockers.

The communal ground floor area will offer social events to guests.

Cardiff-based development management consultants, Lee Wakemans, have been appointed as project and cost managers on the scheme. Its director John Meek said: "We are really excited to be working on this project, which is a first for Wales, and will go some way towards satisfying Cardiff's need for more accommodation of this nature. The dual-brand offering is a trend in the leisure sector, which is now growing in the UK following success in Europe and America, and will offer something new to people staying in Cardiff. There is a real need for more accommodation of this kind in Cardiff."

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