More than 2,000 people applied for 100 full and part-time jobs at a new Birmingham hotel which opens on Monday.
Hotel La Tour will open on the edge of Eastside after a £24 million development and will be followed by four more locations across the UK in the next five years.
The 174-bedroom hotel has already received £1 million worth of inquiries before the official opening.
Managing director Jane Schofield said: “To see the hotel open to guests after five years research, planning, designing and building will be a watershed moment in what we hope will be a long and successful history for Hotel La Tour.”
A new hotel has pulled off a culinary coup by enlisting one the country’s top chefs to advise on its restaurant.
Marcus Wareing, whose acclaimed Knightsbridge restaurant at The Berkeley has two Michelin stars, has been working behind the scenes in an advisory role with newly-appointed head chef Alex Penhaligon, devising menu concepts and assisting with the recruitment and training of kitchen staff.
Hotel La Tour says Wareing, who also runs The Gilbert Scott at the St Pancras Hotel, will continue to develop Aalto’s menus and monitor standards.
The Eastside restaurant and the bar are named after Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who was a key figure in the Modernist movement.