The hotel dates back to 1851. Credit: Kirklees Council

Radisson confirmed for Huddersfield landmark

Kirklees Council has completed a deal that will see a Radisson RED hotel open at the grade two-listed builing, famed as the birthplace of rugby league.

Built in 1851, the George Hotel closed in 2013 and occupies a key site in the town,  sitting on St George’s Square close to Huddersfield railway station. The hotel was traded in 2013, and then bought by the local authority for £1.8m in 2020.

Radisson RED Huddersfield is set to open in winter 2024/25 following an extensive restoration and refurbishment of the historic property, work on which has now started.

The hotel will have 91 rooms along with meeting and events spaces, a fitness room and on-site restaurant and bar.

Along with the £210m Cultural Heart project, the hotel scheme sits within Kirklees’ Huddersfield Blueprint suite of projects designed to overhaul the town centre and its leisure economy.

Adele Cristea, vice-president of business development for UK & Ireland at Radisso, said: “We’re proud to expand our Radisson RED presence in the UK and we’re delighted to partner with Kirklees Council on this impressive project. It’s very exciting to be breathing new life into one of Huddersfield’s most iconic buildings by introducing the bold and vibrant brand to the town.”

Cllr Graham Turner, cabinet member for regeneration at Kirklees Council, said: “The George Hotel was once the jewel in Huddersfield’s crown, and I am determined to see it restored to its rightful position in the town.

“We have ambitious plans for Huddersfield town centre, plans that will attract visitors from near and far. Having a hotel of the quality that the Radisson RED brand brings, close to travel connections will only add to the appeal of a revitalised, vibrant destination.

“The Radisson Hotel Group brings with it the professionalism and expertise needed to make sure the hotel thrives, and I am delighted to be working with such a giant of the hospitality industry on this project.”

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