Staff at hotel between Leamington and Kenilworth counting down the days until 'freedom'

Boris Johnson’s announcement detailing the re-opening of golf courses from March 29, spa and leisure facilities from April 12 and a chance to leave home and stay in a hotel overnight from May 17 means that the hotel can finally put their plans in place

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 4:49 pm

The team at a hotel between Leamington and Kenilworth are counting down the days until 'freedom' following the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown announcement.

Working on a local plan for people in the area and visitors is Julian White the general manager at Chesford Grange, who is actioning an 80 day countdown to ‘Freeday’ May 17.

Boris Johnson’s announcement detailing the re-opening of golf courses from March 29, spa and leisure facilities from April 12 and a chance to leave home and stay in a hotel overnight from May 17 means that the hotel can finally put their plans in place.

Chesford Grange Hotel. Photo supplied by Chesford Grange Hotel

To get ready for guests’ arrivals across the QHotels Group, housekeeping staff will be deployed to complete 88,170 minutes of cleaning bedrooms with 11,756 pillows to be fluffed.

The maintenance team will furiously busy themselves prepping leisure facilities with 58,422 yards of golf course lawn to mow and 298 meters of pool to clean until sparkling.

Meetings will be welcomed back with 250 meeting rooms to prep, and happy couples will be able to celebrate their postponed nuptials, with the group preparing for 212 summer wedding celebrations.

There are 2,100 Moët and Chandon bottles waiting to be popped in celebration, and 45,800 new seasonal menus to be ordered for delicious afternoon teas and mealtimes.

QHotels Group are preparing right down to the last detail, with 21 check in bells to polish – ready for the arrival of the first overnight guests on May 17.

Julian said: "The demand is going to be huge.

“We are expecting the biggest number of guests, probably ever, as people breathe the sigh of relief after lockdown and plan a “going out”, pampering sessions, leisure breaks, overnights and weekends away like never before.

"So we need to be ready.”

The QHotels Group have been planning for this time for over six months so the scale of the re-opening operation doesn’t phase them.

Even though hotels in the group have been open for essential stays for key workers throughout the pandemic, the task is still immense.

Julian added: “There are huge challenges in re-opening a hotel. Most don’t realise the enormity of the task, but thousands of staff across the group have been rehearsing for this moment for some time and we have already swung in to action."

Already the phones are ringing at the 21 hotels that the group manage and bookings, especially in Warwickshire, are higher than anticipated and way above the normal for this time of year.

“We have seen a huge surge in bookings already and a bigger take up than ever for that first week of 'unlock'", said Julian.

“Not only is this due to the freedom break but our special Great British Breakaway deals are also proving irresistible."

The Great British Breakaways with QHotels Group come in the shape of a two night bed and breakfast with dinner one night including a bottle of wine from £87.50 per person.

For those wanting that pampering moment after months of lockdown a spa break of two nights with bed and breakfast including dinner one night, bottle of pink fizz and spa treatments are £148.50 per person.

And kids also go free with all bookings .

The QHotels Group promise also ensures that dates can be moved and refunds given in full if for some reason bookings can’t go ahead.

For more information about the Chesford Grange Hotel go to: https://www.chesfordgrange.com/