2013 Brings 121 Hotel Rooms
4 Jan 2013
Ricoh Arena, Coventry
41 new hotel rooms at the Ricoh Arena
A £2 million investment which will create an extra 41 bedrooms at the on-site hotel at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry is nearing completion.
The additional bedrooms in the north and south wings of the stadium will increase the number of bedrooms from 80 to 121.
The rooms, which are an extension of the existing De Vere Hotel, will open on January 18, 2013 and are being built by Shaylor Construction.
Liz Cooper, marketing director at the Ricoh Arena, said the £2 million investment in its hotel accommodation was testament to the success of its conferences and exhibitions.
“Our conference and exhibition business is growing fast and with over 15,000 sqm of event space the additional hotel rooms are very important regardless whether it’s a booking for smaller conferences for around 100 to 200 delegates or for larger conference for between 2,000 to 5,000 delegates,” she said.
“Previously, when we have held large events we have consistently booked rooms in other nearby hotels since there are 2,500 rooms within a short drive of the Ricoh Arena.
“By increasing our on-site accommodation from the original 71 when we opened in 2005 to 80 in 2011 and now to 121 next year, more event organisers and their delegates will be able to stay on-site.
“Our on-site rooms are particularly popular with organisers since they like to be close at hand in the final planning stages ahead of the opening of their conference or exhibition.
“We have converted the space where the original health and fitness club was located by building a new mezzanine in the south wing of the building.
“It has enabled us to build an additional 34 rooms which includes some pitch-facing rooms overlooking the stadium bowl and the others have scenic views of Coventry with plenty of natural daylight.
“We have also added seven rooms in the north wing of the hotel which gives us 121 rooms in total over 15,346 sq ft.
“Our purpose-built conference and exhibition facilities attract a mix of blue-chip clients and niche industry events and it is important that we provide everything they need under one roof which is why we took the decision to increase our bedroom stock.
“The success of the Ricoh has meant that we are able to re-invest in the venue and we hope this development will play a key part in continuing to drive the business forward in 2013.”
Anyone wishing to book an event or for availability enquiries should email events@ ricoharena.com or call 0844 873 6350.