Jobs boost as new ibis hotel opens near Cambridge Railway Station

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Another jobs boost has been brought to the city thanks to the opening of a new hotel near Cambridge Railway Station. Hotel operator AccorHotels has now officially opened its new ibis Cambridge hotel, which is situated in Station Square directly opposite the train station. It is described as the first AccorHotels property in Cambridge2 and one of the largest hotels in the city.

The hotel’s opening has created approximately 20 new jobs, ranging from managerial roles to receptionists, bar and restaurant staff.

Jobs Boost As New Ibis Hotel Opens Near Cambridge Railway Station

The hotel comprises 231 ‘sweet rooms’ by ibis, the brand’s new contemporary and comfortable room concept created specifically for the wellbeing of guests.

Ibis Cambridge3 also boasts new _SPACE by ibis meeting rooms, a meeting room concept that addresses the growing requirement for flexible working spaces. There will also be a new Chill #2 coffee shop. Chill #2 is the main check-in area of the hotel, where guests are able to check in without the hassle of reception desks.

The caf -bar sources local produce, which will be prepared fresh onsite, and will also be stocking artisan coffee.

Jobs Boost As New Ibis Hotel Opens Near Cambridge Railway Station

Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director of AccorHotels UK and Ireland, said: We have ambitious expansion plans in the UK – and growth in the regions outside of London is a key part of this. Cambridge is a hugely popular destination for both leisure and business travellers and our new hotel will help to cater for both.

We are very pleased to be investing in the Cambridge economy and look forward to making a positive impact in the area for our guests, partners and the local community.”

AccorHotels state that according to the Office for National Statistics, Cambridge welcomed 430,000 visitors from overseas alone last year, who together stayed more than 3.5 million nights and spent 350 million. This made the city the 10th most visited UK destination by overseas visitors.

Jobs Boost As New Ibis Hotel Opens Near Cambridge Railway Station

Karelle Lamouche, Senior Vice President for Economy and Budget hotels at AccorHotels UK and Ireland, said: The hotel marks a new benchmark in the economy hotel segment.

It offers greater well-being and modernity to guests who stay at the new hotel.

Ibis Cambridge will also offer a new standard in comfort, without the increased price tag.

Its prime location and the new _SPACE by ibis meeting rooms mean ibis Cambridge is perfectly suited to business travellers.”

On the ibis website room rates are listed “from 63”.

A standard double room for tomorrow night (Friday) was quoted as costing 104.

Noews of the jobs boost comes after a new EU report claimed the city had the highest level of employability, with 85.1 per cent of the population aged between 20 and 64 listed as in work.

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