THE general manager of The Grand Brighton says his hotel will “raise the bar once again in 2018”.

Andrew Mosley described 2017 as a milestone year with “an unrivalled roster of major corporate clients who have used the venue”.

He said: “2017 has been a positive year which has enabled us to put the right attitude, look and ambience in place for a hotel that we want to lead the UK hospitality sector.

“We’re really lucky to have an amazing team of forward-thinkers who bring great ideas and who are helping to give the hotel a real buzz, spirit and local identity.”

He added: “2018 raises the bar once again and we can’t wait for the people of Brighton and beyond to see the new face of The Grand.”

A major restoration of its famous Victorian exterior is underway which will result in new windows, balconies and rendering.

Mr Mosley said: “Set to reveal in 2018, this ambitious total restoration project will help to further establish the hotel as one of Brighton’s most iconic landmarks.

“The hotel’s interiors have also received investment through a soft refurbishment programme of 105 bedrooms, and all guest rooms benefit from air conditioning installation.”

The front-of-house team have been attired in eclectic new uniforms from design-led tailor Gresham Blake, who is famous for creating clothes for the likes of Plan B, Rag’n’Bone Man and Ray Winstone.

The reimagined Victoria bar, lounge and terrace draws on the hotel’s heritage and has created a new scene for Brighton’s foodies with afternoon tea and cocktails.

Retention within the hotel’s team is also at an all time high, as is customer satisfaction.

Mr Mosley said: “Being part of the city’s cultural legacy is at the heart of the hotel’s ethos and this year saw fundraising success with more than £55,000 raised for local children’s charity, Rockinghorse.

“The hotel is also taking lead sponsorship of the popular Brighton Half Marathon.

“The three-year deal will see the race renamed as The Grand Brighton Half Marathon and will ensure additional funds are raised for local charities.”

Situated on Brighton’s famous seafront, The Grand is a luxury Victorian hotel, designed and built in 1864.

Independently owned, the hotel features a day spa and its own seafood restaurant, GB1.

The Grand Brighton is also a unique venue for meetings and conferences in Brighton with 13 flexible meeting spaces.