Over the past 18 months, the landscape of my home town, Woking , around 25 minutes by train from London Waterloo has changed significantly. Three huge tower blocks have shot up, seemingly overnight as part of what will be called Victoria Square. Due for completion in 2020, the redevelopment will feature two residential towers at 32 and 34 stories and of most interest to readers of this site, the third 23 story tower will be home to a new 189 room Hilton hotel. The project will be anchored by a 125,000sq ft. retail space, car parking, a medical centre and two public spaces.
As of 1st July 2019, the hotel had reached its highest peak and the company has now released the first images of the new property. The hotel will feature a Sky Bar on the 22nd floor, a lobby bar, a restaurant, a café plus facilities for meetings and corporate events. The new hotel is due to open its doors in September 2020.
Visitors to the town already have a reasonably large choice of accommodation – in fact, if I’m being honest, I fail to see why a reasonably small town needs so many hotel rooms, but I guess the planners know more insight than I do!
As of July 2019 hotel options in the town centre alone include:
- DoubleTree Woking (Formerly the Holiday Inn)
- The Woking Hotel
- Premier Inn Woking Town Centre
- Premier Inn Woking West
- Inn on the Broadway
- Travelodge Woking Central
- The Innkeepers Lodge
- Addison House
Despite there already being a Hilton property in the town, there is no plans for the current DoubleTree property to rebrand, having only switched from a Holiday Inn in 2016 at which point the hotel underwent a major refurbishment – the first since the property opened in 1999.
Prices for the DoubleTree hotel, currently the flagship hotel in the town average at around £100/night so I suspect the new Hilton will average at around £50/night more. Obviously with the hotel not due to open for more than a year, rooms aren’t on sale yet but I suspect they will be available around 3 months prior to opening.