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Wirral hotel's five star rating
A WIRRAL hotel has become the first in Merseyside to be given a five star rating.
The Hillbark Hotel and Spa in Frankby achieved the accolade following an inspection by the AA Tourism authority, one of the governing boards for hotel star ratings.
The announcement means that the boutique manor, which is operated by Contessa Hotels, is also the smallest hotel in the country to be awarded five stars.
Claire Jones, general manager of Contessa Hotels, said: "This is a remarkable achievement for Contessa and fantastic news for the tourism offering across Wirral and the wider Liverpool City Region.
"Attaining this outstanding rating, especially for an independent hotel of our size, is an incredible accomplishment and differentiates us from other high calibre hotels in the region".
Opened in 2002 by Contessa Hotels, the Hillbark is set in 250 acres of Wirral parkland, overlooking the Dee estuary.
The AA's five star criteria are based on the services and facilities for guests, including the hospitality of the staff, food quality and cleanliness.
Chris Meaden, cabinet member for culture, tourism and leisure, said: "Huge congratulations to Craig, Lisa and all the team at Hillbark Hotel in Royden Park for achieving the city region's first five star hotel grading.
"This is brilliant news for Wirral's tourism offer and growing economy.
"I know this has taken an enormous amount of hard work, commitment and investment to achieve, particularly in the current economic climate, however their dedication to excellence has now paid off."