One Warwick Park Hotel in the town centre has created a new function space to cope with a burgeoning demand for more events, networking and private functions.
The change comes amid a growing shift in the hospitality industry where hotels are attempting to tap into the growing events sector, which they have been losing out to from new co-working spaces and business centres.
Kate Nicholls head of UK Hospitality, the leading trade association in the sector, says hotels are increasingly becoming ‘inventive and flexible’ to make best use of the changing landscape.
“Hotels are innovative businesses, so it’s no surprise to see them utilise space when customer tastes change. Particularly in Royal Tunbridge Wells, which has a wealth of culture,” she said.
One Warwick Park, which is situated near to The Pantiles, says their new ‘Event Room’ will replace its Seventeen restaurant, as the hotel has plenty of other in-house dining areas.
A spokesperson for the hotel told the Times: “As a result of significant customer demand, we have taken the strategic decision to open a new function space at One Warwick Park Hotel as part of our collection of multi-purpose events spaces for private and business events.
“The new function room will occupy the space that was formally home to Seventeen restaurant, which has now closed.”
She continued: “Guests at One Warwick Park Hotel continue to have a range of dining options, including our in-house dining area The Terrace, where we serve a seasonally changing menu; The Bar & Snug, a casual dining space which serves lighter meals, snacks and the One Warwick Park Afternoon Tea; and we will continue to offer room service.
“We also have a range of bespoke private dining options for groups of eight or more.”