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Slough councillors and officers have had a sneak peak of what the hotel rooms in the new Moxy Hotel will look like during a special tour.
The tour of the new town centre hotel site – at the old library site in the heart of Slough – gave councillors and officers the chance to try out the new facilities and even lie on the new bed before the room is handed over to Marriott.
Two new hotels, 64 apartments and 4,100sqft of restaurant and retail space are being constructed on the site.
The hotels, which are being developed and owned by the council are being delivered via Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd. When complete they will be operated by Cycas under two Marriott Hotel brands; Moxy and Residence Inn.
The Moxy room, which offers a well-proportioned bedroom and stylish ensuite will act as a benchmark unit for the hotel. Created off-site as a pod and then transported to the development, the ensuite is now in situ and ready to be put through its paces.
The hotel room has been subject to a detailed review by a dedicated team from the wider Marriott group. The team has critiqued every inch of the design, making sure that every detail has been considered and that the room delivers in the style stakes, while remaining practical and functional.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council and lead member for regeneration said: “I was impressed at the quality of finish in the Moxy hotel rooms and to see that no stone has been left unturned in delivering a fantastic hotel experience for guests.
“This development demonstrates the council’s commitment to the regeneration of the town centre.
“The two hotels, apartments for local people, the branded restaurant and bar and commercial space on the ground floor of the block will bring vitality and good facilities to the western end of the High Street as well as providing much needed new high quality hotel accommodation.”
Paul Aubrey, Development Manager at SUR said: “It is really exciting to see the hotel begin to take shape. While we still have a way to go until the hotels will be open to the public, elements such as the mock up room really start to bring everything to life. The attention to detail that goes into the design of the hotel rooms is impressive - from the location of sockets to the interior finish, everything is under scrutiny.
“Once complete, the Moxy hotel, along with the Residence Inn will provide much needed hotel accommodation for the town. These hotels should prove a destination in their own right. Between the two, they should appeal to all, from tourists looking for a base within easy reach of the capital to business travellers working both in the town and beyond.”
The hotels are expected to be complete in the spring next year.