The Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield in West Yorkshire, has appointed James Lake as its new General Manager.
Lake joined the AA four star hotel at the end of February. His experience includes general manager roles at the 4 star Walton Hall Hotel in Warwickshire, Jupiter Hotels and also the Hotel Collection.
The appointment is key to the hotel’s focus to be the most successful four star hotel in Wakefield and follows a period of self-funded investment in its bedrooms, conference and banqueting suites, general facilities and the ground floor which has been completely refurbished. The first hotel to be opened in Yorkshire’s Cedar Court Group, 31 years ago, it is reporting robust results ahead of last year with strong business on the books for 2016.
The hotel has 149 bedrooms and 18 meeting and events facilities catering for up to 500 delegates. The leisure club, which has recently installed brand new eco-friendly gym equipment, is open to both hotel guests and a local membership.
Commenting on his appointment Lake said: “I am already enjoying this new role. We’re drawing up plans for a new style of food in the restaurant which will benefit our corporate guests as well as neighbourhood diners. At the same time, we’re driving new business from across the UK, bringing more people to Wakefield, and I want to get even closer links with the local business community. It’s important the Cedar Court Hotel provides the facilities and service that match the economic development of the city, the fastest growing in the Leeds City region.”