The Hilton Garden Inn, set to open in Stoke-on-Trent, has revealed its team ahead of its October opening.
With more than 3,500 applications for roles, the hotel’s initial team has been hired and is undergoing training across a variety of departments.
New staff will join the hotel’s general manager, Ben Carey, and Steve Alty, director of sales.
Juan Jose Valdiviesco will join the team as the Hilton Garden Inn Bar and Grill’s head chef.
Valdiviesco said: ‘‘I’m proud to take up my new role, especially since the recruitment process was so competitive.
‘‘We’re already gelling really well as a team and getting to know the new hotel in great detail, but we’re eager to begin welcoming guests. In particular, I am looking forward to seeing guests try the fantastic dishes on the menu at the Garden Inn Bar & Grill.’’
Carey said: ‘‘It’s with great pride we introduce our full team as we make the final preparations for opening our doors and welcoming our first visitors in a matter of weeks.
‘‘We were overwhelmed with applications – all of which were of a very high standard – but I’m confident that we have found the right candidates for each of our roles, all of whom will offer the best experience to our guests.’’
He added: ‘‘Right now, we’re all focused on ensuring we’re fully prepared to welcome those visitors when our doors open.’’
Cllr Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent’s city council, said: ‘‘Having been fortunate to have a sneak-peak inside the hotel myself I’ve got to say it looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see it welcoming its first guests.
‘‘This is a really big moment in the transformation of the city centre and a major investment in Stoke-on-Trent’s leisure offer. So many companies have already told us they send people to stay out of the city because of a lack of availability and choice when it comes to hotels, so the Hilton Garden Inn will go a long way to addressing that.’’