The new Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl has finally been opened after a long and troubled genesis which included companies going bust and a council bailout during the construction phase, but it promises to be unique and unrivalled lesisure facility.
Hampshire County Cricket chairman Rod Bransgrove and Council Leader Keith had taken part in the ground breaking ceremony in 2012 and were once again on hand to see the doors open for business for the first time.
The Council’s investment in the Hilton at the Ageas Hotel and conference facilities is set to provide hundreds of jobs and provide a major contribution to the local economy.
Offering a wide range of quality leisure facilities, the exciting new 4 star Hilton Hotel and Spa also boasts the largest conference and banqueting facilities on the south coast between Bournemouth and Brighton and is set to attract guests from far and wide.
The council press release described the hotel as a “jewel in the borough’s crown” and Eastleigh News understands that the council has now handed over the £27 million it agreed to pay for the completed building.
Council Leader, Keith House said:
“It’s fantastic to see this superb facility open for business. It will provide around 500 employment opportunities, contribute around £50 million to the local economy and is a real community asset for all local residents to enjoy.”
The hotel features 171 bedrooms offering a view of the cricket pitch, or 18 hole golf course which opens next year; together with an indulgent spa facility. The ‘eforea spa’ is the first of its kind in southern England and includes ten treatment rooms, eight heat experiences, a deep relax area, ice wells and a hydrotherapy pool.
The hotel also features a restaurant with exquisite food and tempting cocktails, together with the Lakeside bar and roof terrace where visitors can enjoy a meal and relaxing drinks. As well as its fantastic leisure facilities, the new hotel comes complete with one of the largest and most versatile corporate and banqueting spaces in the region. The ballroom can cater for up to 700 guests making it an ideal venue for large weddings, exhibitions or private functions.
Hampshire Cricket Chairman, Rod Bransgrove said:
“This is a momentous day for the Ageas Bowl and the culmination of more than 10 years of blood, sweat and the odd tear.
“I am immensely proud of the dedication and commitment of all of those who have stuck with the project and seen it over the line, including Eastleigh Borough Council.
“This is now, undoubtedly one of the best cricket grounds in the world and we look forward to the next phase of our exciting journey.”