Budget hotel chain appoints youngest-ever manager

A staff member at a budget hotel chain based in Newcastle has proved that age is merely a number in the hospitality industry after being promoted to a managerial role at the age of just 23.

Tess Campbell, from Darlington, has become the youngest-ever deputy general manager of Sleeperz Hotels in Newcastle just one year after joining the company.

Ms Campbell has already impressed bosses at the hotel, which is based near Newcastle Central Station, when she was asked to temporarily run the hotel while the general manager was away for two weeks on annual leave.

Despite her tender years, she has a strong track record in the hospitality industry having studied international tourism management at Leeds Metropolitan University and working at Darlington's Hotel Bannatyne, and Malmaison in Leeds before being becoming reception manager at Sleeperz.

"I'm thrilled to have secured my first management role with the company because we all muck in together and I get stuck into every aspect of the hotel operation," Ms Campbell said.

"I am learning the business of hotel management in a truly rounded way that can only make me a better hospitality professional in the long term."

David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, added that Ms Campbell is an excellent example of how the firm aims to develop and inspire its staff.

"She has the warmth and charm that people expect when they come to Newcastle and our customers inspire her to work hard and provide a first class service. We strongly believe in the idea that if you’re good enough you are old enough," he stated.

Sleeperz is building a reputation within the hospitality industry for its decision to build hotels on unusual stetches of land near railway stations.

It currently operates hotels in Cardiff as well as Newcastle and plans to expand into Manchester, Birmingham and London by 2015.

Meanwhile, in other hotel recruitment news, the Belfry hotel and golf resort in Warwickshire has appointed 33-year-old Willem Verhoeven as its general manager.