Published: 12:00, 21 February 2021
| Updated: 07:28, 22 February 2021
A long-awaited six-storey hotel is set to open this year after the pandemic delayed construction work.
Bosses at Hampton by Hilton say they hope to welcome guests to their new Ashford site in the summer.
The 140-room structure is being built on the junction of Victoria Road and Beaver Road, opposite the Ashford International train station.
A sign has now gone up displaying the Hilton Hotel subsidiary's name following 14 months of construction.
It features shipping container-like modules, which arrive as completed rooms and just require electricity and water to be attached for the room to be ready.
This method, which Hampton by Hilton notes is now widely used in the industry, required the rooms to be constructed in China and shipped over.
Of course this was naturally disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, so the initial launch deadline of December 2020 was postponed.
Regardless, the chain is excited to finally open its doors following a lengthy planning process.
The proposal was originally submitted in 2015, with approval being granted in November 2016.
But a range of amendments requested by both the council's planning officers and the applicant - including adding 20 rooms - meant final approval was only granted in January last year.
Councillors had raised concerns over the design, but it was tweaked and given the go-ahead.
Since construction started, residents lambasted the use of shipped modules on social media.
However a spokeswoman told KentOnline: "I assure you, it's going to look nothing like a shipping container, or stack thereof, once it's finished."
Upon opening, the hotel will create 25 jobs.
It will face stiff competition from the nearby Travelodge in Elwick Place, which only opened in December 2018.