A HOTEL that will house a restaurant by top chef Marco Pierre White is to open at the end of this week.
The famous Eagle Star House building in Newcastle’s Fenkle Street, which will open to the public on Friday as Hotel Indigo, had become derelict since the insurance firm moved out more than a decade ago.
The Hotel Indigo group targets some of the world’s greatest cities and already operates in Shanghai in China, Athens in Greece and New York in the United States.
Group bosses were so taken with Newcastle’s vibrance and architectural beauty that they decided to create their latest flagship hotel on Tyneside.
World-renowned chef Marco Pierre White will operate the £20m hotel’s restaurant. The Michelin-starred chef has designed the menu and personally hired the catering staff.
The new 148-bed, four-star complex, next to the city’s listed Old Assembly Rooms, has also created 70 jobs for local workers.
General manager Adam Munday said the site, close to Grainger Town, had inspired the development of the building.
“There are echoes of the history of Grainger Town all over the hotel,” he said.
“We’ve even used photographs of the Grainger Market roof in the main receptions and the rooms. It’s a wonderful area architecture-wise.
“The history of this part of Newcastle is incredible and hotel trading levels are as good as anywhere. We’re really pleased to be here.”
Mr Munday said White’s 100-seat Steakhouse Bar and Grill would provide Newcastle with its first restaurant headed by a genuinely world-class chef. “Marco’s motto is ‘affordable glamour’ and that’s what he’ll be offering,” he said.
“We’re really excited and can’t wait to get the hotel open and have people enjoying it.”
The venue will also feature an exclusive non-residents’ bar, the Grainger Lounge, providing a regionally-inspired menu.
The hotel includes 20 suites with stunning balcony views of the city as far as the Tyne Bridge and The Sage Gateshead.
Indigo, a brand owned by Intercontinental Hotels, the world’s biggest hotel firm, will be run by Sanguine Hospitality.
Hotel Indigo has joined forces with the Old Assembly Rooms next door to stage a Queen’s Jubilee street party for local workers on Friday from 2-5pm. Everyone is welcome.