A new multi-million pound hotel and restaurant complex has opened its doors this week, adding to the ‘rapid renaissance’ of Leeds’ Arena Quarter.

The 134-bedroom ibis Styles hotel and Leeds-born Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian restaurant, based at the city’s Merrion Centre, officially opened at noon on Monday 10th April, marking the next phase in the centre’s renovation and building further on the area’s flourishing tourism and leisure offering.

“The arrival of the ibis Styles hotel and Marco’s New York Italian marks another major step forward for the Merrion Centre and the Arena Quarter’s rapid renaissance," says Edward Ziff, Chairman and Chief Executive at Town Centre Securities (TCS), the owners of the hotel and restaurant complex, as well as the Merrion Centre.

“We’re really excited to see the transformation of our hotel and the hard work of the team pay off. We’re confident both the hotel and restaurant will be a success and play a key part in Leeds’ position as a renowned tourism, business and leisure hotspot.”

The hotel’s Yorkshire-themed styling draws on the city’s heritage, encompassing elements of industry, sport and culture throughout the property, from the reception area and guest relaxation spaces, through to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

The hotel and restaurant’s official launch party will take place later this year when Marco Pierre White returns from Australia, where he is filming Hell’s Kitchen Down Under.

Both the hotel and restaurant are managed by Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts.