Local MP Grant Shapps recently attended the grand opening of the new Comet Hotel, and cut the ribbon for Welwyn Hatfield’s newest local facility.

Grant, alongside owner Simon Lester, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Councillor Roger Trigg and other local councillors, spoke at the opening of the luxury hotel. Attendees also sampled food and drink from the brand new menu the hotel offers.

Originally opened in 1936, the Grade II listed building was named after the locally-built de Havilland Comet DH88 racing plane. The building has been extensively remodelled for 2019, with sleek interiors and all the modern trimmings.

Grant said of the new-look hotel: “I was honoured to be invited to cut the ribbon on the Comet. The hotel is stunning, and does a lot for the tourist appeal of Welwyn Hatfield. Both the name and the location are steeped in aviation history, and I am thrilled to see the hotel open its doors once again.”

Simon said of the opening event: “I was thrilled to have Grant along to open the new Comet Hotel. I know Grant lives locally, and so understands the history of the hotel and its site. He has long been a champion of us and many other local businesses, and we are hugely grateful for his ongoing support.” 

More detail about the hotel can be found at https://comethotel.co.uk/.

‘Grant cuts the ribbon on the hotel with owner Simon Lester’