VICTORIAN elegance and rooms with a sea view, are on offer to corporate guests at a well-known and newly refurbished Wearside hotel.

The Roker Hotel, Sunderland, which was built in 1842 by the north of England’s most prominent architect, John Dobson and overlooks the North Sea coastline, has unveiled the results of a £1m refurbishment.

And its two function rooms; The Six Soldiers Suite and The Dobson Lounge, form the focal point of the work, combining original features with contemporary styling.

With crystal chandeliers and tall, arched, statement windows to flood the space with light, the Six Soldiers Suite is a self-contained opulent setting with its own private bar and entrance for up to 350 guests.

During the day, it is ideal for large scale events such as AGMs and conferences and, in the evening, when the lights go down, its colour-flooding LED light system, stage and sprung dance floor cater perfectly for corporate dinner dances and awards ceremonies.

For smaller and more intimate events, The Dobson Lounge, which adjoins the Six Soldiers Suite has its own bar and features architect John Dobson’s signature skylight.

Overnight guests can stay in 43-bedrooms, redesigned in a nautical theme, including 12 superior rooms, which not only overlook the beach, but are equipped with floor standing telescopes so guests can look miles out to sea.

Feature walls, decorated in the style of 1950s tourism posters for Roker and neighbouring Seaburn, hark back to the heyday of the family seaside holiday.

And guest directories in each room, designed to resemble 1950s newspapers, contain useful information such as breakfast and check out times and where to go and what to see in the area.

The hotel, which is owned by North East-based Tavistock Hospitality, also has its own on-site distillery and clients and colleagues can enjoy a range of tipples at the distillery bar, Poetic License, while gin tastings can be pre-arranged with event bookers.

Tavistock Hospitality managing director, Mark Hird, said: “The Roker Hotel is a charming combination of period architecture and contemporary style.

“So, while our function rooms hark back to a bygone era of elegance, corporate guests can access all the 21stcentury facilities they would expect such as free, super-fast broadband, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

“It is the ideal venue for business clients who do like to be beside the seaside – and who wish to mix business with pleasure.”

For further information, or to book, call 0191 5671786 or visit www.rokerhotel.co.uk.