Two new hotels with a total of 244 rooms opened their doors to Slough on Monday (February 1).
The Moxy and Residence Inn hotels, both part of the Marriott International brand, are built on the site of the town’s former library and are part of a wider scheme which includes 64 flats along with shops and leisure.
The scheme was fitted out and delivered three months ahead of schedule by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a joint venture between the council and Morgan Sindall.
Due to current lockdown, the hotels are able to take bookings only from guests who are exempt from restrictions. That includes those who need accommodation for work, charitable, voluntary, education or training purposes, along with people who need to attend medical appointments or who are moving house.
The Moxy, which celebrates locally-produced Thunderbirds with graphics from the series in its décor, has 152 rooms while the Residence Inn, designed for longer-staying guests, has 92.
Cycas Hospitality will operate both hotels. Each has its own restaurant and bar and there is a 24-hour gym.
Cllr James Swindlehurst, Slough Borough Council leader and cabinet member for regeneration and strategy, said: “Despite the lockdowns and restrictions during 2020, construction work continued on the old library site to build out this major town centre project.
“Since the scaffolding and hoardings were removed from the buildings before Christmas, it has been easy to see only finishing works remained and these have been racing towards completion. The Moxy sign on top of the building is now visible from around the borough and already beginning to feel like an established town centre landmark.
“It’s great to see this unique hotel and residential development in the heart of the town and its opening couldn’t be more timely in terms of the new local jobs it has delivered.
“The council chose to involve itself with this development knowing it would be a long-term asset to the town in terms of creating employment for our residents, adding much needed hotel capacity, and delivering a secure revenue stream back to the council from its lease that will help sustain local services in the future. The development also includes much needed new housing.”
Images 1 and 2 below show the Residence Inn. Images 3 and 4 show the exteriors.
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