The Duke of Marlborough Hotel has opened its newly renovated hotel wing, part of nine-years of upgrading at a total cost of $12 million.
The last stage of the upgrade programme brings in a new front to the property, accommodation wing, conference facilities, garden bar, gym, offices, staff accommodation and additional parking.
Located in Russell, the town had a pressing need to expand its conference and meeting facilities as the town struggled to meet the demand for events. Previously the hotel had been turning away about 40 group bookings a year.
“The Duke had been unloved for a long time and wasn’t even roofed properly. The reason it’s taken so long to complete the renovation and expansion work is because we were determined to do this grand old lady justice,” said Riki Kinnaird, co-owner, The Duke of Marlborough Hotel.
“We wanted to make the local community proud of the result, and we wanted to make the old girl futureproof, she deserved that. Everybody seems to be happy that the Duke is back to her former glory and the new wing has replaced the old rubbish shed facing York Street. We are proud of what the team has done.”
The upgraded hotel will be able to employ over 100 people and continue to grow. In 2006 the hotel employed just six people.