A landmark first class hotel in Birmingham has thrown open its doors for the first time, with the business community hailing it as a major boost to the city.
The new Radisson SAS Hotel takes up the first 18 floors of the £70 million, 39 storey, Beetham Tower at Holloway Circus.
Hotel General manager Kathrine Ohm Thomas said: "We have tremendous partners in the area and we believe the hotel will be good for them and the entire city."
The hotel welcomed its first guests yesterday, and on the first day had an occupancy rate of 60 per cent.
The first floor consists of a restaurant and the next two comprise of meeting rooms, named on a Birmingham theme, such as "chocolate" and "Mini".
The hotel has 211 rooms, starting at £129. For those with deep pockets, the presidential suite costs £700 a night.
John Lamb, spokesman for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "To have high quality rooms in such surroundings can only help to promote Birmingham's image."