First look inside new Hilton hotel as surf lagoon boss says 2021 bookings already pouring in

The new Hilton hotel in North Wales will open this spring with a surf lagoon boss saying bookings are already pouring in.

Practical completion for the £11 million Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia and Wave Garden Spa is on track for January 2021.

Guests can check in at the hotel at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Dolgarrog, from Friday March 26.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia – New Hilton Hotel being constructed. First look inside

The update comes as news emerges about a new Covid vaccine that could be rolled out as early as December – with hopes that some sort of normality could return by spring 2021.

After an incredibly challenging year there are huge hopes that pent up demand could mean next year is a bumper one for tourism – although concerns remain that many operators will not make it through the winter.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia took the decision not to reopen this summer due to the pandemic disruption but did crack on with the 106 bedroom hotel.

North Wales Live this week took a tour of the site as the countdown to completion starts.

The interior is starting to take shape with ‘show rooms’ already offering a glimpse of what guests can expect in March.

New room at Hilton Garden Inn

Once open the hotel and spa will create 65 full time equivalent jobs.

It will include 100+ covers in Zephyr’s Restaurant & Bar and the company says they will work closely with local dairies, breweries, distillers and farms to ensure the menu is packed with local produce.

CGI Images of the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Wave Garden Spa at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

There is capacity for conferences and events, and the site will be licenced for weddings and civil partnerships.

The new spa includes a vitality waterfall pool, oversized Himalayan salt sauna, treatment rooms, with an outdoor hot whirlpool and relaxation pods, with fire pits. There is also a yoga studio and a traditional wooden barrel sauna.

CGI Images of the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Wave Garden Spa at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Justin Everley, commercial director at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, said: “We believe it will be a great new new addition to the North Wales accommodation offer.

“It is giving people a recognised brand so they know there is a good standard there and it’s on the site of our adventure park which in itself is a unique offering throughout Europe.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia . Commercial director Justin Everley

“This will bring 65 full time equivalent jobs to the site, at its peak it will be more like 80/90.”

He added: “Our owners have done nothing but demonstrate their confidence in the area since Surf Snowdonia came in 2015.

“We all believe North Wales was on an upward trajectory before this pandemic hit and it will certainly pick that up again once people are able to travel freely.”

Adventure Parc Snowdonia – New Hilton Garden Inn Hotel being constructed. First look inside

Talking about the prospects for next year managing director Andy Ainscough, said: “Pfizer’s (vaccine) announcement is a positive development for the whole world, and there’s no doubt that people across the UK’s hospitality and travel industry will be cheering enthusiastically.

“It is a welcome boost as our team gears up for an early spring launch of our Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia and Wave Garden Spa.”

But with the details of a vaccine rollout yet to be made clear, Andy says that the site is ready to welcome visitors safely, whatever happens.

He added: “As well as the scrupulous training and measures we already have in place, we’re now part of the industry-defining Hilton Clean Stay and Hilton Event Ready programs.

“Come what may, we’re confident that we can offer our guests total reassurance from check in, to check out.”

Bookings at the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia are already surpassing expectations, with a distinct trend for longer stays.

Andy added: “We’ve been heartened by the demand for longer breaks, with many more guests than we anticipated checking in for seven and ten day holidays. People are excited by the idea of staying in our adventure hub, as much for our on-site adventures and spa facilities as our proximity to the big landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia – New Hilton Garden Inn Hotel being constructed. First look inside

“We’re beginning to see some real optimism return to our sector and that’s great. I have no doubt North Wales tourism can make a robust recovery, and whatever happens next year, it will come back even stronger than before.”

One of the new luxury suites being constructed at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel

Jim Jones, CEO of North Wales Tourism, said: “At North Wales Tourism we are extremely excited by one of the most renowned hotel brands becoming part of our dynamic regional tourism destination.

“It will come at the perfect time to give our £3.6 billion tourism economy a real boost as we restart after a miserable 2020.

“The development of Adventure Parc Snowdonia is one of the many reasons why we have the confidence to go out to the world and brand ourselves as the ’Adventure Capital of Europe’.

“I wish to thank Andy and the team at Adventure Parc Snowdonia for continuing to invest in North Wales in the most challenging of times.”

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