New £20m Hull Hilton hotel could boast rooftop bar with views over the city

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Dec 2016

A state-of-the-art rooftop bar could be coming to Hull if plans get given the go-ahead.

Developers behind the new Double Tree by Hilton in Hull city centre have submitted a planning application to add the new bar to the top of the hotel.

Work has already started on the 159-bed hotel, in Ferensway, which is based on the site of the former nightclub Lexington Avenue.

But Brayford Hotels, which took over the running of the development earlier this autumn, has now submitted plans for the build to be extended by another storey, which will include a rooftop bar, named Electric Bar, overlooking the entire city.

Leigh Hall, director of Brayford Hotels, which will own the property, confirmed planning permission to add a fourth floor to the development had been submitted to Hull City Council.

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"We are bringing a top class hotel and conferencing facility to Hull, and we'd very much like to complement that offer with a high-quality rooftop bar," he said. "Hopefully, our application will be successful, and then we can talk in full about the detail of what we want to bring to the city."

The Double Tree by Hilton hotel, which is scheduled to open in late 2017 and will cost £20m, will employ up to 100 people.

Alongside the potential new bar, the hotel will boast a huge ballroom for events and conferences. It will also include a restaurant and banqueting suite, which could host up to 1,000 people, along with a gymnasium.

The new bar would also include a rooftop terrace alongside inside seating.

The planning application, which needs to be approved by councillors, has said the bar would contain "large scale windows" offering views over the roof tops and the sky.

It would also allow for "mood lighting changes and black out conditions" to be optional for those inside the bar.

Brayford Hotels, who took over the development of the hotel from Lexington Avenue Leisure in September, said the hotel was "fantastic news for Hull" when work started on the site earlier this year.

Following the hotel's completion, Leaf Hospitality will oversee its day-to-day operation when it opens.

At the time it was announced Richard Farrar, founder of Leaf Hospitality, said: "There's a real buzz about Hull and a shortage of premium hotels in the city centre, but the market is robust and continuing to develop."

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