A North East hotel and gastro bar, which was the first of its brand to open in the UK, has celebrated its fifth anniversary.
When Sandman Signature Hotel and Shark Club Gastro Bar opened at Newcastle’s Gallowgate in 2011 – at the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery – it was a pioneering move for the leading Canadian hospitality group.
But the decision to choose Tyneside paid off and the four-star hotel’s owners have once again crossed the Atlantic to raise a toast to the venue at a glittering anniversary party.
They were joined by invited guests from across the region for the party on Thursday 8 September – exactly five years after the 170-bedroom hotel and Shark Club opposite St James’ Park, opened its doors for the first time.
Since then they have welcomed leisure visitors from the UK and further afield and become one of the city’s leading corporate venues, with two on-site conference rooms, free, high-speed internet access and a variety of room types, including fully-furnished, self-catering suites.
“The hotel and Gastro Bar has greatly exceeded expectations. The Newcastle community has been very welcoming of our company and brands. We couldn’t be happier in our choice for our first international expansion.” said Mitchell Gaglardi, director of Northland Properties UK.
“So much so that we have since opened a second hotel, at London’s Gatwick and are currently working on a third, purpose-built hotel, in Aberdeen.
“But while we chose to open in Newcastle for a number of tangible reasons; legendary Tyneside hospitality and superb transport links, among them – it was still a leap of faith. And that faith has been repaid many times over.”