New general manager takes over hotel after rebranding move

A Sheffield hotel set for a new lease of life after being taken over by one of the world’s leading hotel brands has appointed a new general manager.

The Sheffield Park Hotel, which is currently being rebranded as the DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park, has taken on Steve Whittaker to help reposition the hotel as one of the region’s best.

Steve, who has nearly 15 years’ experience in the hotel and leisure industry, joins the team after working most recently as resident manager at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds and the York-based Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel.

He also spent more than six years working for a range of hotels in the Middle East, including the Marriott Doha in Qatar and the Millennium Copthorne and Sheraton Four Points in Dubai.

He said: “This is a great opportunity to be a part of the exciting rebrand of the hotel and bring it back to life so it can once again make its mark on the city of Sheffield.

“Hilton is one of the leading hotel brands in the world, so it’s a privilege to work for such a highly-regarded industry name and seeing it brought to Sheffield. I have a passion for what I do and am looking forward to this new challenge.”

The hotel was built in 1987 as the Sheffield Moat House and quickly established itself as a firm favourite. As the Sheffield Park Hotel, it became part of the portfolio of the Pedersen Group, falling into administration in June 2010. The hotel will officially be rebranded as a DoubleTree by Hilton in August.

Garin Davies, director of hotel operating group Longrose Buccleuch, which has taken over ownership of the hotel, said: “I am really pleased to welcome Steve to the team. I am confident that his wealth of experience will be of great benefit, particularly during the rebrand and relaunch of the property as a DoubleTree by Hilton.”

There are seven other DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in the UK, all offering contemporary and upmarket accommodation and facilities.