Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, one of England’s most coveted horseracing destinations, welcomes its first Hilton property with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse. The hotel joins eight existing Hilton Garden Inn properties in the UK, including two located on stadium grounds, demonstrating the award-winning midscale brand’s commitment to fulfilling the accommodation requirements of event goers, sport enthusiasts, and business travellers alike.
Located just minutes away from major attractions and offering panoramic views of the racecourse, the hotel boasts 154 bedrooms (the majority of which overlook the racecourse), a restaurant, bar, Business Centre and modern fitness centre.
A 2,000-year-old market town at the southern edge of Yorkshire, Doncaster is renowned for its horseracing, rich railway heritage, and its wealth of Georgian and Regency architecture on the Great North Road. The town is home to the world’s oldest classic horse race, the St Leger Stakes, which dates back to 1776 and runs every year in September.
The perfect address for racegoers and an ideal conference destination, Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse offers 154 guestrooms, all equipped with the latest technology and ergonomic comfort for maximum convenience. This includes Digital Key, Hilton’s mobile-enabled room key technology that allows guests to simply and securely unlock their room door using their smartphone.
“We’re excited to bring Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Doncaster, a cherished, historical cornerstone of England,” said Louise Thrussell, the hotel’s general manager. “Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse perfectly blends contemporary, outstanding service with classic favourites – from our warm and inviting guestrooms, offering plenty of space for both work and relaxation, to a freshly prepared breakfast at our signature restaurant, The Garden Grille. And with the added convenience offered by our amenities, including daily evening room service, an around-the-clock shop for light snacks and refreshments, business centre, and fitness centre, guests will always feel right at home.”
Award-winning architectural and design practice KKA Architecture acted as lead architects on the project alongside main contractor Galliford-Try. The exterior finish of the building includes brickwork, ceramic granite rainscreen cladding, and insulated composite panels. Alex Geddes, Senior Architectural Assistant at KKA, commented:
“We are delighted that the project has completed and opened ahead of Doncaster Racecourse’s prestigious St Leger Festival.”
The property is just minutes away from Lakeside Village shopping, the Doncaster Dome, museums, art galleries, golf courses, and award-winning markets. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is just under a 15-minute drive and Cusworth Hall is only 30 minutes away. When it’s time to travel, guests can enjoy quick access to the railway station, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, and major arteries linking the town to other cities.
The hotel is set to meet Doncaster’s growing demand for quality, affordable rooms, driven by the influx of visitors coming to experience all that the historic English town has to offer. According to the Doncaster Free Press, the town welcomed nearly 6.5 million visitors over a three-year period ending in 2015 – of those, it is estimated nearly 200,000 attended the St Leger horseracing festival.
Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse joins two other Hilton Garden Inn stadium properties – Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland (at the Stadium of Light) and Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford.
Hilton Garden Inn
Located in 38 countries and territories, the Hilton Garden Inn brand has more than 788 properties in its portfolio. Hilton Garden Inn venues provide an award-winning service, bright and airy social spaces, and high-end amenities. They have a full-service restaurant, offering cooked-to-order breakfast and dinner, and a full bar to unwind at the end of a busy day. With state-of-the art fitness centres for stress-busting workouts, 24/7 business centres featuring
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Andrew Leake, Managing Director of LiDR Contract Furniture Ltd, said:
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