As a PR agency we regularly arrange travel for our clients when they are attending product launches and marketing events; this year so far has seen us plan business travel for clients to Las Vegas, London and Porto. Yet when it comes to organising accommodation for clients who are coming up to see us in Stockton-on-Tees, we have always struggled. We have had to opt for hotels in Yarm or Darlington and then always worried about limited availability.
Stockton has a thriving business community, along with the famous high street (widest in the UK) there are various service businesses and a growing amount of serviced office buildings, housing some extremely successful organisations. The town is evolving and is also becoming a hub for evening entertainment, the only thing missing was suitable accommodation and this was stopping people from opting for Stockton as their night out of choice.
Although we work with clients from Stockton and the surrounding areas, we also represent clients from all over the UK; this allows us to generate revenue from outside the region which creates jobs for local people. We are based in Gloucester House and couldn’t be prouder of the town, we will always have a presence in Stockton. Our whole team lives in the borough and we are all passionate about the growth of the area.
So, last week we decided to really experience our town and combine it with a stay in the new Hampton by Hilton, which recently opened its doors to the public, and we were pleasantly surprised. We have had a few nights out in the town but this was to be unplanned and not part of a big organised event. We left the office and walked the short distance to Hope and Union, a small pub that packs a punch with its extensive gin list and tasty food menu, it was a good place to start. It got fairly busy and the atmosphere was great, we stayed in there for a couple before heading around to Green Dragon Yard to try out the Shoe Cake Comedy Club at The Georgian Theatre. It didn’t disappoint and we joined a packed out audience to share some laughs.
We weren’t quite ready to leave by the time it finished so we walked to The Storytellers and were delighted to find more live entertainment. Thursday is their open mic night and this week there was a Johnny Cash theme. Locals got up to the mic with their guitars and treated us to some fabulous renditions. It’s certainly something to go along to if you are in the town on a Thursday evening.
Shortly after we headed home to our room at the Hampton by Hilton. The hotel contains lots of local references with art depicting local landmarks and a welcome pack in the room of things ‘Made in Stockton’. It was a proud reminder of what the people of our region have created and achieved. Our room overlooked the impressive infinity bridge and it was even more stunning from the elevated view of the third floor. We can see the bridge from our office but I don’t think I have spent as much time as I did on Thursday admiring it.
The hotel itself is well designed and executed with some very well thought out features to make use of the space. There are lots of public areas to use and a terrace to enjoy views of the river. The bedrooms follow this theme with art referencing the local town and clever layouts to ensure the guests have a taste of understated luxury. We travel a lot with business and would never have thought the well trained staff were a new team embedding in a brand new building, the service was first class!
The Hampton by Hilton in Stockton offers a great value accommodation option for visitors to the region and will attract people to the town. This increased footfall has to be welcome news for the businesses within the town. Our Stockton experience has left us with a great feeling about our town, the people and the facilities. We will be recommending the hotel and look forward to welcoming more visitors to Stockton.