Hotel on Course for Bumper Festive Season

Christmas and New Year bookings at a North Yorkshire hotel look set to buck the trend as the award-winning establishment takes on a nautical theme.

Reservations for festive short breaks, dining and celebration packages at Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel have received an early boost due to an initiative which will see the hotel temporarily transformed into a ship, complete with captain, crew, cruise-style dining and live cabaret.

Throughout December, the eighty-room hotel is hosting a range of cruise-themed dining and celebration packages including “Dine with the Captain”, a fine dining experience in the hotel’s waterside conservatory and restaurant, accompanied by the hotel’s resident pianist and vocalist.

Over two thirds of the hotel’s eighty rooms are already booked for the period between Christmas and New Year, a traditionally quiet time for many hotels. A further 40 per cent of rooms are booked over the New Year. Cruise themed corporate celebration packages are also attracting the attention of local businesses, resulting in a recent flurry of enquiries.

The nautical theme is the brainchild of hotel owner Karen Weaving, whose aim is to offer a new experience to guests visiting the eighty-room, canal-side hotel over Christmas and the New Year.

Karen, who runs the hotel with husband Malcolm, said: “This year we want to offer corporate and leisure guests something different to the usual festive packages provided by many hotels. As the largest hotel in Skipton, our canal-side restaurant, ballroom and spacious reception areas are perfect for embracing the cruise theme.”

Earlier this year the YBN reported how the Rendezvous picked up the silver award in the “Best Individual Hotel for Groups” category at the National Group Travel Awards.