A landmark Lancashire hotel is set to reopen – creating dozens of jobs.
The former Swallow Hotel, in Preston New Road, Samlesbury, is being relaunched as the Samlesbury Hotel after a multi-million-pound makeover.
The hotel closed suddenly under the previous owners in April, leaving wedding guests and other customers in the lurch.
Now it is set to reopen after being bought by Manchester-based Squire Hotels.
The Samlesbury Hotel will be a modern contemporary four-star hotel with 80 brand new bedrooms, state- of-the-art meeting rooms, and a main function room accommodating up to 160 people.
The bedrooms will feature the very latest extras, from 40-inch smart TVs to power showers and luxury beds.
A ground floor bar and grill will be open to the public daily from 6.30am.
The hotel is being opened in stages from December 14, and is now offering Christmas and New Year events.
Mark Illingworth, commercial manager, said: “The hotel is currently going through an extensive refurbishment programme.
“Our aim is to bring the hotel back to its former glory and to once again create it as the landmark hotel, meeting place and wedding venue in the area.”
Sales manager Bob Cavanagh said: “People will be pleasantly surprised. It will be like we have taken a four-star hotel from Manchester and dropped it onto the edge of Preston.”
Decades ago the popular venue at the junction of the A59 was known to many pub goers and travellers as the Five Barred Gate.
It later became the Trafalgar and then the Swallow before closing earlier this year.
The hotel is planning a recruitment day and estimates it could need up to 40 people in full and part-time work.
The Samlesbury Hotel and its leisure club should be fully open next spring.