Around 20 new jobs have been created with the opening of a brand new £20m Marriott hotel in North Staffordshire.

Courtyard by Marriott Keele Staffordshire officially opened its doors at the Keele University Science and Innovation Park on February 1st.

The 150-bedroom hotel is initially just open for key workers, but once lockdown restrictions are eased guests will have access to the new Scholars Restaurant and Bar, a coffee shop, two meeting rooms for up to 30 people and a fitness suite along with 180 car parking spaces.

Scott Randall, general manager of Courtyard by Marriott Keele Staffordshire, heads up the team with head chef David Savage.

He said: "We're thrilled to be finally opening our doors. Courtyard by Marriott Keele Staffordshire offers high quality accommodation in and a beautiful, picturesque setting on Keele University's campus. We look forward to welcoming our first guests and supporting local key workers in the coming weeks.

"We envisage that our guests will be a mix of people visiting Staffordshire for leisure or business activities as well as guests visiting the university, to meet with companies based on the Science and Innovation Park or families visiting Keele University students."

Peter de la Perrelle, managing director of Tower Hotel Management which runs the hotel under a franchise agreement with Marriott International, said: "This marks a huge milestone for the hotel but also for Tower Hotel Management in what has been a very testing 12 months for the hotel sector.

"To open a new hotel under the current conditions is an incredible achievement and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Scott and his team the best of luck with this new challenge."

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