A brand new hotel in Derby which has created dozens of jobs has opened for business and already welcomed hundreds of guests.
The 38-room Blue Jay Lodge, in Linville Close, off Raynesway, Alvaston, has for far seen more than 900 people stay at the hotel, which has been created adjacent to the Blue Jay pub.
Altogether, the lodge and the pub have create more than 60 jobs and represent an investment of £1 million by owner Marston’s Inns and Taverns.
The lodge offers a selection of rooms that can accommodate a range of customers including large families, couples and single travelers. It also has disability access rooms.
The lodge works alongside the pub, which offers breakfast options including full English and veggie breakfasts, American-style pancakes and a range of freshly-baked pastries.
Since opening over a month ago, the lodge has already built up relationships with key local businesses, including Ted Baker, Rolls-Royce and Severn Trent. The lodge is close to a large Ted Baker distribution centre on nearby Derby Commercial Park.
Yvonne D’Arcy, manager of the Blue Jay Lodge, said: “We have been amazed at how well it is all going for us here.
“The lodge has been close to capacity most nights and everyone who has stayed has been really positive about their visit so we can only see this continuing.
The lodge has a range of rooms that can accommodate single travellers to large families
“It has been such a great investment for the city and we are so pleased that it has been a success story so far.”
Earlier this week, Marston’s reported its latest financial results which showed that the warm summer weather had boosted its sales.
The firm, which operates a number of pubs and lodges nationwide – including the Two For One and Pitcher and Piano brands – has seen sales in its premium pubs rise by 0.6% over the past three months, which it said was ahead of the market.
Chief executive Ralph Findlay said: “We remain encouraged by our continued market out-performance and focused on delivering sustainable growth and maximising return on capital in an evolving market place.
“We remain confident of delivering further profitable progress for the full financial year.”
Source: Derby Telegraph