• £1 million refurbishment for Sunderland’s Roker Hotel

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    A top Wearside hotel has completed the latest stage in a £1m refurbishment – bedrooms inspired by the area’s seafaring heritage.

    The 43 en-suite rooms at Sunderland’s Roker Hotel, overlooking the beach, have been entirely redesigned to combine contemporary styling with nautical features following a £250,000 investment.

    And guests staying in the 12 superior rooms can not only enjoy an uninterrupted sea view but also a telescope enabling them to look miles out to sea. The unveiling marks the end of a three-year development programme at the hotel, owned by North East leisure group Tavistock Hospitality, which owns more than a dozen bars, hotels and restaurants across the region.

    Tavistock’s successful distillery bar, Poetic License, is also based at The Roker and the superior rooms are each named after the botanicals used to create its range of bespoke gins, such as juniper, cinnamon, cassia and rose.

    Cassia - a room with a view

    Cassia – a room with a view

    Each room contains a glass jar of the botanical from which it takes its name, while other features, such as stacked luggage chests, rope curtain tiebacks and doorknobs and a navy and neutral colour scheme, reflect the hotel’s beachfront position.

    ‘Sea-blasted,’ free-standing, solid wood furniture is used throughout and feature walls, decorated in the style of 1950s tourism posters for Roker and neighbouring Seaburn, hark back to the heyday of the family seaside holiday.

    The ‘retro’ styling has also been extended to the guest directories in each room, which are designed to resemble 1950s newspapers and contain useful information such as breakfast and check out times and where to go and what to see in the area.

    For further information, or to book, call 0191 5671786 or visit www.rokerhotel.co.uk

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    Daniel Fountain

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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