The managing director of Chester’s most prestigious hotel has announced he is to retire.

Jonathan Slater, 60, will leave the 5-star Chester Grosvenor Hotel at the end of March.

He said: “It has been an enormous privilege to steer this hotel for over 30 years. Whilst I am fiercely proud of my career and the hotel, anything I may have achieved has been the result of a team effort and I am grateful for all the tremendous support I have enjoyed along the way.”

“I turned 60 last year and we received a Michelin star for the 25th consecutive year. 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the hotel and so this seemed to me to be a fitting year in which to step down and hand over a hotel that is in such a strong position”.

 

Mr Slater’s career at the landmark hotel on Eastgate Street has spanned more than three decades. He joined the hotel at the age of 28 as general manager and three years later was promoted to managing director. He has managed two substantial refurbishments of the hotel and played an active role in promoting the city of Chester and the North West helping to attract visitors from around the world.

A founder director of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, he spent 21 years on the board, including nine as chairman. He is a director of Marketing Cheshire, the agency charged with marketing the region and is a director of CH1 BID company, the agency focusing on improving the city’s retail offering and infrastructure.

Jeremy Newsum, executive trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, which owns the hotel said: “Jonathan has established an international reputation, both for the hotel and for himself as an hotelier. We are enormously grateful to him for his contribution over so many years.”

Mr Slater will remain involved with the Grosvenor Estate in a strategic consultancy role and he will also continue his association with the Oddfellows brand, the boutique hotel, on Lower Bridge Street. There are plans to open a second Oddfellows site in Cheadle, South Manchester.

Mr Slater’s successor will be announced nearer the time of his retirement.

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