Phil Dunn, new General Manager at The Quays Hotel – formerly the Hilton Sheffield.

The new general manager of a landmark Sheffield hotel is going back to his roots following an announcement of the venue’s reopening.

Phil Dunn, 48, has taken the reins at The Quays Hotel – formerly the Hilton Sheffield, which closed late last year but reopened its extensive leisure facilities last month.

Darnall-born Phil brings with him plenty of experience in the industry and previously held the post of bar manager at the Victoria Quays – located facility during its original launch as a Stakis Hotels venue more than 20 years ago.

Last month, one of the UK’s leading independent hotel management companies, Legacy Hotels & Resorts, was appointed to re-open the four-star hotel and leisure club over the coming weeks following its closure late last year when Hilton surrendered its lease on the property.

As well as Stakis Sheffield, Phil’s impressive CV also includes experience working locally for the likes of the Rutland Hotel and the former Beauchief Hotel, both in Sheffield, where he held positions of general manager and operations manager respectively.

Phil, who now resides from Base Green, has previous experience working for Legacy Hotels & Resorts originally at the Chesterfield Hotel, Derbyshire having since spent time working across the UK at a number of the groups hotels to include the Legacy Preston International Hotel in Preston, Lancashire; the Best Western Plus Angel Hotel in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

“It’s stunning and I’m honoured to have been appointed,” said Phil, who said that bookings are already being taken at the city centre venue for when it re-opens – expected to be later this month.

“I’m so excited for what the future holds – we can only deliver better, more personalised and adaptable service for our customers; we’re a progressive team and we want this facility to thrive.

“This is one of the very best located hotels in Sheffield – it has a huge part to play in our city, and myself and the new team here at The Quays Hotel believe in its potential.”

Andy Townsend, Legacy Hotels & Resorts chief executive officer, said: “We’re delighted to have made this significant appointment and to someone who has been such an important and loyal part of our groups development over the past ten years – we’re really excited for what the future holds for Phil and The Quays Hotel.

“Bringing on board individuals such as Phil, with his decades of experience, is a huge step forward for us in the embryonic stage of our launch of this business. With around 100 members of staff due to come on board in the coming weeks and months, the facility is in a strong position to realise its true potential once again.”

Hilton Sheffield ceased to operate on the 15 December 2019. Hilton managed the property on behalf of the owning company which surrendered its lease resulting in the closure. The closure was not linked to Hilton’s operation of the hotel.

New operator Legacy Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned, hotel management company with an active and development pipeline of branded and independent guestrooms throughout the UK, Spain and Scandinavia representing around 3,300 guestrooms.