The much talked about and eagerly awaited £15M football themed Shankly Hotel Preston – which is due to open in June of next year – has been inundated with enquiries to book rooms, weddings and conferences eight months ahead of its official opening.
Following the first announcements of the hotel’s opening on social media it has been deluged with calls from groups, football fans, local companies, families and couples wanting to be the first to stay at the luxury boutique hotel. The hotel has already sold rooms for June, July and August 2019 and has been a huge hit for couples wanting to tie the knot with 5 weddings booked already.
Demand and interest in the Shankly themed hotel which is built in tribute to former Liverpool FC Manager and Preston North End player Bill Shankly OBE has been unprecedented. Hotel co owner – Christoper William Shankly Carline – Grandson of Bill Shankly OBE – is delighted with the response and interest in the hotel.
Carline said; “We have had an incredible response from local people, groups, corporate organisations, football fans, local businesses and brides wanting to get married at the Shankly. The feedback and interest has been even better than we could have ever expected. We have sold rooms for June, July and August and we are taking around 25-30 enquiries a week for weddings functions and events for 2019 and beyond.
Such has been the level of interest in bookings that we have had to take reservations well ahead of schedule to cope with the demand. Guests can now book their stay or experience at the Shankly Hotel Preston from today. “
Listed as the No1 Most Improved City in the UK, Preston has outranked all other cities in the UK as part of the Price Waterhouse Coopers 2018 Good Growth For Cities Index. The city has scored highly for its low unemployment rate, improvements above the national average for health, transport and economic prospects and the best all round work life balance for its residents.
The former Grade II listed post office building which is 114 years old will be transformed into a luxurious 65 room boutique hotel breathing new life into this iconic building. The Shankly hotel will be modelled on similar lines to the Liverpool hotel and will feature Shankly memorabilia complete with photographs and nostalgia connected to his time at Preston North End. In addition to the Shankly themed rooms, it will also feature the distinct and unique Signature Living group accommodation rooms that have helped Shankly Liverpool rocket to a 97% occupancy rate.
The hotel is also busy collaborating with a number of key local businesses in Preston to offer a wide range of packages at the hotel for its guests and customers.
Christoper William Shankly Carline said; “Engaging with local businesses to work with the Shankly Hotel Preston is extremely important to us and something we set out to do from the start and to be a part of the local business community in Preston. I think this is one of the key factors as to why Preston was recently voted No1 in the Top 10 Most Improved Cities index in the UK . Part of this success is down to the way in which businesses in Preston are working together collaboratively. The local council have also been incredibly supportive of our inward investment into the city and its approach to the business community to support each other.”
We have already teamed up with The Guild Hall Preston – who are one of our stakeholder partners – with special entertainment packages for customers in collaboration with their offers. We are also looking to work with Preston North End football club to offer football fans a range of packages for the 2019/2020 season and we are actively talking with a host of other local organisations and individuals to put together collaborations that ensure fantastic experience for our guests.”
The Shankly Hotel Preston is now accepting bookings on 0151 236 0166 with initial packages and experiences including The Ultimate Girls Package, Boys Last Night Of Freedom, Dream & Dine, Stay & Spa, Stay & Dine, Date Night, Bubbles & Breakfast, Flying Visit and Business Bundle.
The Ultimate Girls Weekend offer covers all the basics that the ladies need to have a fantastic weekend of fun and frivolity together for their special occasion or celebration. The ladies can enjoy staying in the lap of luxury in one of the stunning rooms and choose from a selection of dining, pamper and activity packages tailor-made to ensure the ladies have the time of their lives. They will also be treated to a luxurious afternoon tea with bubbles at The Carriage restaurant.
With plenty of fun activities to keep the ladies occupied and a selection of the perfect pamper packages; guests will look their best during the ultimate girly weekend.
For the gents who have something special to celebrate in Preston then the Ultimate Boys Weekend offer is the perfect way to make the most of your special occasion The Shankly has put together an awesome package for the gents including luxury accommodation, a choice of fun activities and a fabulous Whiskey or Rum tasting experience. Don’t worry about your evening meal either as you’re covered with refreshing beers and tasty burgers in the amazing Carriage restaurant.
For those wanting to make date night in Preston one to remember, sit down to a romantic two course meal in the Carriage restaurant, before enjoying a night of pure luxury in one of the stunning Shankly Hotel suites. Date Night package also comes complete with an in room surprise of scattered rose petals, delicious cupcakes and chilled prosecco to raise a glass to your loved one.
Packages will also include options for fantastic activities such as crazy golf, laser tag, or Karaoke at The Guild Hall’s Level centre, in addition to VIP booths at bars such as Review.
Richard Simpkin of the Preston Guild Hall said; ‘We’re delighted to be working with our newest neighbours, The Shankly Hotel in order to offer visitors a unique experience in the heart of the City. It is wonderful to be working with a business who’s values align so well with our own and their enthusiasm for the City and its development is clear for all to see. The packages will offer customers luxury accommodation, teamed with a range of entertainment for great value and all within walking distance. Similar packages are proving a huge success and increasing visitors numbers in other major cities and it’s great that our partnership with the Shankly Hotel will contribute to Preston being a destination city for leisure.”
Guests can also book themselves onto a bona fide Shankly training experience, which consists of a group training session delivered by FA Qualified Coaches at a local venue, based on hand written training schedules devised by Bill Shankly himself.
The Shankly Hotel Preston is now taking bookings for accommodation, weddings, events and corporate functions on 0151 236 0166.
For details of the Shankly Hotel room packages, weddings and corporate event space and spa guests can keep up to date through our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @shanklypreston
The Shankly Hotel Preston is due to open to the public in June 2019.
To make accommodation enquiries please call 0151 236 0166
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The North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Preston BID’s Accountable Body, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport and North & Western Lancashire MP’s, calling for a solution to the ongoing issues with transport by rail.
You can view a copy of the letter HERE.
On ‘Purple Tuesday’, November 13th, organisations in Preston city centre confirmed their long-term commitment to making shops and businesses more accessible to users with mobility issues.
St George’s Shopping Centre, Preston BID and Preston Mobility Centre worked with Disability Equality North West to present an accessibility workshop, attended by city centre businesses.
In addition to the Purple Tuesday Workshop, the new ‘Changing Places’ facility in Preston was officially launched at Preston Mobility Centre. Over 250,000 people need ‘Changing Places’ facilities to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted; the installation of the new city centre unit is a major step forward for the city.
Andrew Stringer, Centre Manager at St George’s said: “St Georges are proud to working with keys partners including Preston Mobility Centre, Disability Equality NW, BID and the Department for Work and Pensions in championing Purple Tuesday in Preston. As a team we have been focussed on raising awareness to create a more accessible environment for shoppers, our activities on the day included an accessibility awareness workshop plus all our ambassadors, identifiable by their purple t-shirts, were on hand to assist shoppers with their specific needs.”
Joe Hannet, Preston Mobility Centre Manager said: “This is a great start. I’m over the moon with the commitment to a more inclusive future from the retail sector in Preston, the leadership shown by St George’s Centre and BID. Kudos also to the retailers who sent staff to today’s awareness event. We’ll learn from today and make sure this embeds in the retail offer for Preston going forward.
Mark Whittle, BID Manager said: “Today was a great launchpad on which the city can build for the future. We are committed, in the long-term, to working with experts to ensure that visiting Preston, and moving around city centre businesses, is as easy as possible for members of the community with specialist mobility needs.
Following the Purple Tuesday workshop, businesses have agreed a City Charter, confirming their commitment to the following:
Commit to the cause – Purple Tuesday is the start of a change in how we support disabled people in Preston, we will review and learn from this first campaign
Stage periodic awareness sessions for retail staff hosted by DENW, in association with Preston BID & St. Georges
Commission an accessibility audit with contributions from people living with impairments in Preston – we will use these insights to further enhance and inform future actions
Establish a steering group which will plan an improvement programme over the next year in advance of Purple Tuesday 2019
Review successes, learn from experience and communicate future collective plans to support members of the disabled community
Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “It is great to see so many customer facing businesses in Preston supporting Purple Tuesday and creating a more accessible environment for all visitors. We are delighted to be working alongside Preston mobility centre and Lancashire County Council to open the new Changing Places toilet facility today, in line with Purple Tuesday. Continually improving access and facilities in the city centre enables a genuinely inclusive environment for visitors to remove any disadvantage they may face.”
County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Changing Places toilets offer much more than standard accessible toilets, including hoists, extra space and changing benches to assist with helping other people. Hundreds of people with disabilities and complex health conditions use Preston city centre each week.
“If there aren’t suitable facilities nearby, it can make it difficult or impossible for them to come into the city centre, so facilities such as this and the changing places toilet at Preston Bus Station are crucial.
“We’re pleased to have funded this much-needed facility and we hope to see many more introduced across the county.”
It is estimated that there are approximately 27,000 people living in and around the city who have a disability or impairment.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, and Sir Craig Mackey (National Lead for Business Crime) have issued guidance for businesses, particularly retailers, ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday: