Buxton Crescent Hotel rooms available for bookings from October

Buxton’s Crescent Hotel is now taking bookings from October 1 - with prices ranging from £185-£335 per night for two adults.

By Ben McVay
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 12:40 pm

Seven types of room are available at the long-awaited revamped spa hotel - starting with the ‘cosy’ Attic Rooms up to the ‘luxury’ suite complete with four-post bed and Slopes views.

Rooms come with full English breakfast, use of the hotel’s thermal spa facilities, rooftop pool, gym and fitness suite and complimentary WiFi.

A spokesperson for Ensana Health Spa Hotels - who will run the venue - said the chain was still finalising details on the opening.

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However she confirmed guests who have already booked for October would have the option of moving their reservation if the hotel was able to open sooner.

In June hoardings covering the town’s landmark’s gritstone structure - built in the 1780s - were removed, sparking hopes that the £70 million spa attraction would open its doors soon.

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A spokesperson said at the time that though no date had yet been set for reopening work was making ‘excellent progress’ and ‘we hope to be able to update very soon’.

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Reacting to the ‘fabulous news’ today (Wednesday) Roddie MacLean, chairman of business organisation Vision Buxton, said ‘we should all just enjoy and celebrate the moment’.

He added: “People can debate the whys and wherefores of why the Crescent has taken so long, cost so much money, etc.

“But I can see no downside to it being open for business - from the passer-by enjoying the space in front and the beautifully restored building to the staff employed there and the local businesses who will have extra people to sell to.

“The Crescent closed around the same time I got married and moved to Buxton - so has been empty and therefore not contributing to the local economy - for all of those 28 years.

Roddie MacLean, left, in 2014 with others including then leader of High Peak Borough Council Caitlin Bisknell and Crescent developer Trevor Osborne. Derbyshire County Council had just been announced a loan to see renovation - started in 2012 - finished by 2016.

“Incidentally, I want the room in the middle on the second floor - which has a bath under the window overlooking the Slopes.”

The hotel was set to open its doors for the first time in over 30 years in May but Ensana had been silent about a next possible opening date until now.

The county council said in March that restoration of the former hotel and spa had been ‘complex and challenging’ and that ‘unforeseen issues’ had continued to impact the construction deadline.

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Louise Cross, of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust, told in June how seeing the wooden boards coming down felt like a ‘momentous occasion’.

As executive director of the Trust, the charity with responsibility for running the hotel’s Visitor Experience with a collection of rooms telling its history, she said: “It’s ironic because we were preparing to open when Covid-19 struck.

“Now restrictions are lifting it couldn’t be a better time - I’m really excited for Buxton because to have this level of investment is brilliant.”

Jean Todd, councillor for Buxton Central ward, said: “We’ve been waiting for this for such a long time - it’s going to be a big success.”

Rooms are available at a discounted rate throughout October for more details click HERE.

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