THE new £30m hotel development near Whitby opens its doors to the public for the first time today.
Raithwaite Hall at Sandsend is also set to become one of the biggest local employers, taking on 100 local people and using suppliers from the area which will boost local businesses.
It is the first five-star hotel on the Yorkshire coast and has taken inspiration from the Savoy in London and the Burj Al Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.
There are 45 bedrooms in the hotel, set in 80 acres, and it is one of the first hotels in the area to also offer luxury accommodation for pets who can enjoy their own menu and personal groomer.
Head chef, Darren Iddon was recruited from Singapore and there is also fine dining, a spa and pool.
It has been in the making since December 2009 when redevelopment of the building, which was formerly a private house, began.
Events at the hotel kick off tonight by hosting the final event in Yorkshire cricket captain Gerard Brophy’s testimonial season.
It is a cricket question and answer session and Ashes legend Steve Harmison will also be there.
Richard Mansell, General Manager at Raithwaite Hall, said customers, whether they are staying at the hotel or coming for a meal, will receive a service that is hard to rival.
He added: “We are excited to have the opportunity to serve our community and visitors to Whitby.
“Our team of service professionals are eager to create memorable and personalised service for all in great surroundings.”
It is hoped that the hotel, one of the most prestigious to be opened in the area for many years, will attract even more tourists to the area.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Raithwaite Hall is going to be a great asset to the county and the hotel will also be a terrific base for visitors wishing to explore the rest of the county.
“Yorkshire already has one of the strongest tourism economies in the country and Raithwaite Hall really adds to what we have to offer our visitors.”