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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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New hotel's 50 jobs boost for Carlisle

A new luxury hotel-apartment complex will create up to 50 jobs when it opens in June.

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The Halston Aparthotel

The Halston Aparthotel is poised to be a striking new fixture on Carlisle’s tourism, dining and drinking scene as it throws open its doors this summer, reviving an iconic city centre building in the process.

Bosses say they are recruiting now for workers, including a reception team, housekeepers, bar and kitchen staff.

They also revealed further details about what the landmark building, in the former Post Office on Warwick Road, will contain.

The Halston Aparthotel will offer 16 apartments, including penthouses. They will contain features such as kitchens, living areas and LED televisions.

The building will also include a bar-bistro, a restaurant, a function and events room, a meeting room, as well as a hair and beauty spa, which is leased to another party.

Claire Armstrong, director at The Halston Aparthotel, said the development had aimed to retain as many original features as possible, such as wooden parquet flooring.

She told The Cumberland News: “We are recruiting up to 50 staff, part-time and full-time. We will be looking at people starting in mid to late May.”

Details are still being kept under wraps about some aspects of the building, but she said the aim was for the bar-bistro to be popular with locals.

It will be open early for breakfast and serve food, drinks, coffees and teas throughout the day.

“The mood will change during the day,” she added. “We are going for a boutique-feel hotel. We are getting very excited now in the run-up to the opening.”

So-called aparthotels are an increasingly-popular alternative to conventional hotels in larger cities and can be an attractive option for business people spending several days or even weeks at a time away from home.

Developers Burge Halston – the company behind The Halston Aparthotel – also bought at auction last year the former Lonsdale Cinema, which is being demolished next door.

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