IN PICTURES: Buxton Crescent Hotel – Derbyshire residents to get discounted rate

Buxton Crescent

The restoration of Buxton’s Crescent was finally completed in 2020 and Buxton Crescent Health Spa Hotel will be taking bookings from 17th May 2021.

The restoration of the Grade I listed building to its former glory as a Georgian spa will hope to help to inject life back into the local economy and a much-needed boost for local tourism by putting Buxton back on the map as a leading spa town.

But what does it look like inside?

There’s good news for Derbyshire residents too – in recognition of the councils’ investment in the regeneration, international spa hotel chain Ensana, which manages the hotel and spa, has agreed a 10% discount for anyone who lives in Derbyshire to claim on overnight stays booked online directly via the hotel on fully published daily rates and on dining in the hotel restaurant (excluding drinks). There is a further 15% off products purchased from the spa shop on-site too. Residents can claim their discount which will be issued at the hotel by showing photo ID and a current council tax bill.

When the hotel reopens this time around (as before when they briefly opened in Autumn 2020), in view of UK Government guidelines, the hotel may at first be only open in the short term to hotel guests as the safety and security of the hotel’s guests and staff members is paramount. Therefore, the discount may just apply initially to overnight stays but this will be extended to diners, and day spa guests in due course as restrictions are lifted.

Ok, here’s a quick tour inside:

Derbyshire residents to get exclusive discount

There will also be additional benefits for Derbyshire residents in recognition of the councils’ investment in the regeneration. International spa hotel chain Ensana, which manages the hotel and spa, has agreed a 10% discount for anyone who lives in Derbyshire to claim on overnight stays booked online directly through the hotel on fully published daily rates and on dining in the hotel restaurant (excluding drinks). There is a further 15% off products purchased from the spa shop on-site. Residents can claim their discount which will be issued at the hotel by showing photo ID and a current council tax bill.

In view of current government guidelines relating to coronavirus, Buxton Crescent Hotel is only open in the short term to hotel guests as the safety and security of the hotel’s guests and staff members is paramount. Therefore, the discount only currently applies to overnight stays but will be extended to diners, and day spa guests when restrictions are lifted.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “The Crescent really is the jewel in Buxton’s crown and I’m proud of the county council’s involvement in this complex conservation and regeneration project spanning many years to restore this Georgian gem to its rightful status as a luxury hotel and spa. It’s been a difficult year, not least for the tourism industry, but with demand for staycations sky-rocketing, Buxton Crescent is set to be a huge draw to the Peak District for people looking to get away – and we’re pleased Ensana has recognised the local investment by offering a discount to Derbyshire residents too. The hotel really is flying the flag for economic recovery in Derbyshire, providing employment directly and indirectly through contracts with local businesses and I wish Ensana every success in this new chapter in the history of the Crescent”.

Anne Jenkins, Director, England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, added: “Thanks to National Lottery players, we’re very proud that we have made a significant investment in the regeneration of Buxton Crescent. Buxton is a town brimming with history, and this beautiful hotel will allow the local community and visitors from far and wide to discover its fascinating heritage, as well as boosting tourism and the local economy.”

The hotel features 81 luxury bedrooms and suites, a bar and modern restaurant offering classical British cuisine using locally sourced produce. The hotel also features a spa with eight treatment rooms and three swimming pools including a thermal pool, relaxation pool and indoor-outdoor rooftop pool.

The project to restore and regenerate the historic building, owned jointly by the county council and borough council, was begun by the councils twenty five years ago. It has widespread support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund – with a grant of £23,853m – and Historic England which contributed £625,000 as well as regional and local organisations including D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership which contributed £2m from the Local Growth Fund, and the local community.

The county council has contributed £13.4 million since the project started to help plug the “conservation deficit” – the difference between what is viable as a commercial operator to invest and what is needed to preserve a Grade 1 listed building. It also made a loan of £11.39 million to the developer which will be repaid by the developer at commercial interest rates.

For bookings and full terms and conditions of the Derbyshire residents discount please visit ensanahotels.com/buxton/en

Photo credits: © Ensana Buxton Crescent Hotel / Perowne International 

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