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INNSiDE by Melia opens first hotel in France

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Spain’s largest hotel brand, Meliá Hotels International, unveils the new INNSiDE Charles de Gaulle located at Paris’ international airport…

Meliá Hotels International’s INNSiDE has arrived in Paris with the 266-key hotel at Charles De Gaulle’s airport.

Relaunching this year, INNSiDE by Meliá is adapting its business strategy to captivate the younger generation of business and leisure travellers, as well as strengthening its leisure and wellness offering.

INNSiDE Charles De Gaulle’s striking exterior has been developed by Parisian architects SCAU, whilst renowned French designer Jean-Philippe Nuel has created the interior utilising natural, raw materials such as wood and concrete throughout. The property’s open-plan invokes feelings of freedom, echoed in the printed Acrobats on staff’s uniforms created by French artist Sabrina Chess. Chess said: “The idea was to illustrate a universe that offered the possibility of telling several stories of travellers. I imagined them as acrobats moving around…free and happy.”

Nuel has developed this unique airport hotel for guests to recharge their batteries whilst in transit, where guests can work, workout, rest and play, with open lobby spaces ideal for meetings, whether social or business. Guests can relax and unwind in one of the many large armchairs, designed by the Parisian design studio Bouroullec brothers, or enjoy the spacious outdoor terrace.

The lounge features a contemporary glass bar, with mixologists on hand to prepare classic cocktails, such as the bourbon and cherry combination “Catch Me”. Guests can also enjoy DJ sets every Thursday – Sunday nights, whether they are relaxing in the hotel or heading out to experience the ‘City of Light’.

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Visitors with business in mind can let their imagination run wild in one of four meeting rooms, named “Big Ideas Spaces”. Innovatively designed to inspire creativity, collaboration and positivity, these meeting rooms feature ping-pong tables, breakout areas, complimentary snacks and the largest of the four offers panoramic views of the Concorde and the airport.

Rooms are contemporary with white furnishings, featuring cosy in-room amenities, including bathrobes and slippers, as well as a luxurious coffee machine, complimentary minibar, with fresh juices and local beer. Smeg fridges will be available to Superior+ guests, packed full of healthy treats, drinks and snacks. Superior+ rooms will also have high-end sound systems and complimentary streaming services.

In line with the INNSiDE brand’s commitment to sustainability, INNSiDE Charles De Gaulle does not use single use plastic within the hotel; the bar does not use plastic straws, coasters and business cards are made from recycled card. Bedrooms feature organic cotton linens and towels, kraft paper laundry bags and wooden “do not disturb” signs.

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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted unveils new meetings & event space

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Ahead of it being the venue of the 20th Anniversary of Hotel Summit next month, the Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted unveils fully refurbished meeting and event spaces…

Located just 500m from Stansted Airport and a short walk from the new Stansted Arrivals building launching in 2020, Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted blends sophisticated design within its newly refurbished modern meeting facilities.

Following a £660k investment in the meetings & events facilities as part of a wider £6 million project, the hotel is now home to the largest meeting and event space in the area. Interior Design firm Trevillion were appointed to create a contemporary interior solution to meet the high demands of today’s corporate clientele. “Our scheme delivers a crisp colour palate, integrating “lifestyle” breakout facilities all conducive to today’s business community,” says Frances Blackham, design director at Trevillion.

“The simple furnishings and detailing is embellished with art inspired by the hotels identity as part of the London Stansted environment,” added Blackham.

Modifications have been made to the main ballroom space known as the Essex Suite, increasing its capacity to 350 people for dinner and 600 for theatre style presentations. In addition, there are now two new spaces dedicated to meeting breaks, offering fully furnished networking spaces.

A retractable wall and mobile bar allow convenient flexibility in the standard meetings rooms and rooms may be configured dependent on the client’s needs and meeting specifications.

All meeting rooms have been upgraded with high quality wireless internet and new tables and chairs. The larger meeting rooms also feature advanced Barco Clickshare systems. With a focus on allowing natural light to enter the space, the spacious and intelligent meeting rooms are the ideal location for business meetings and even themed leisure events.

The now sold out Hotel Summit takes place on June 4 to 5, 2018.

If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the 20th anniversary of the Hotel Summit, there are still limited spaces available on first serve basis.

For more information and what to expect from the two-day event click here

Sofitel London Gatwick

Sofitel London Gatwick unveils first phase of refurbishment

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Luxury airport hotel Sofitel London Gatwick has undergone an extensive refurbishment of all its restaurants and bars. The work, which cost just shy of £1 million, marks the completion of the first phase of a larger refurbishment project at the hotel.

The refurbishment took three months to complete and includes the hotel’s two AA-rosette La Brasserie restaurant, the more informal Le Café, the hotel’s two bars – La Terrasse and Kua bar – plus the executive lounge.

Sofitel London GatwickThe team at Sofitel London Gatwick worked with Grove Developments and the Group’s Interior Designer, Martin Farrow, to achieve the new look, which features all new interior décor, furniture and fittings in a modern contemporary style. It has also increased the number of restaurants covers 90 to 126. The seven two bedroom suites and the Club Millesime were also refurbished at the same time for a fresh contemporary look.

Sofitel London GatwickGloby Ouseph, General Manager, said: “We’re delighted with the results of our refurbishment, which has completely transformed the appearance of our entire food and beverage offering. Grove Developments and Martin Farrow have done a fantastic job and the result has completely exceeded all our expectations.”

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Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of Arora Group, said: “We are committed to a continuous programme of development across all the hotels within the Arora Group, to ensure that we continue to deliver the very best quality experience for all our guests. The refurbishment at Sofitel London Gatwick has been completed to an exceptionally high standard, and we are thrilled with the result.”

The 4-star Sofitel London Gatwick is uniquely located within Gatwick Airport, directly linked to the North Terminal and minutes away from the South Terminal by Monorail. Conveniently located for business meetings, there are 11 different meeting rooms and 518 bedrooms.

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Renaissance Hotel airport hotels

Renaissance debuts two design-led airport hotels

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As part of Renaissance Hotels global ‘renaissance’, the brand is reimagining the traditional airport hotel experience, with two new debuts: The newly-opened Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel and the newly-renovated Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

RENAISSANCE ATLANTA AIRPORT GATEWAY HOTEL
– The new Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel recently opened this Spring and is designed by the acclaimed Rottet Studio.
– The property has 204 imaginatively styled guest rooms and 6,500 square feet of innovative meeting and event space.
– With seven storeys of dramatic design, integrated technology, and world-class amenities, the hotel is bringing Atlanta culture to airport guests and providing a stunning scene to experience locally inspired cuisine, emerging artists, and unexpected delights.

RENAISSANCE LOS ANGELES AIRPORT HOTEL
– Following its recent renovations led by CRA Design in Woodland Hills, the hotel offers completely new, renovated meeting spaces, a redesigned lobby and a brand new bar and restaurant.
– Mixing the personality of a boutique hotel with the urban style of LA, guests are greeted by a curated album wall and a neighborhood-inspired aesthetic that’s reflected in all aspects of the property’s refreshed design.

– The hotel’s new restaurant, Studio 12, offers up delectable California cuisine and 12 beer taps featuring local craft brews.
– For savvy travelers seeking an escape from the chaos of LAX and its large neighboring hotels, Renaissance Los Angeles Airport offers a more intimate alternative, blended with the feel of a trend-setting cosmopolitan studio.

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DoubleTree by Hilton - El Segundo

Twenty Four Seven Hotels takes over DoubleTree in El Segundo

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Twenty Four Seven Hotels has announced the addition of DoubleTree by Hilton LAX – El Segundo to its management portfolio. The LAX hotel is the first of four new management contracts in the LA area in 2017.

Twenty Four Seven Hotels played a pivotal role in the highly complex transaction providing guidance to the buyer on the transactional side with sourcing, underwriting and acquiring the hotel, and on the capitalisation side by assisting in the structuring of new mezzanine financing in conjunction with assumption of a senior CMBS loan.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel LAX is a 216-room property and the only full-service hotel within El Segundo, just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Recognised as the aerospace capital of the world, the community of El Segundo is home to many of the world’s most influential Fortune 500 companies. Twenty Four Seven Hotels is based in Newport Beach and has also assumed management of the hotel.

Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the seven-story DoubleTree by Hilton LAX is ideally situated in El Segundo, a hotbed for industry and innovation with the famed Silicon Beach next door. The hotel underwent renovations in 2016 that consisted of a complete reconfiguration and enhancement of first-floor public areas and guestroom upgrades.

The design refresh of the remaining six floors of guestrooms and a brand-new pool deck will complete the transformation in early 2018, along with tech upgrades including Whistle, a guest-oriented text messaging system.

Hampton by Hilton lands at Urban&Civic Stansted Airport scheme

Hampton by Hilton lands at Urban&Civic Stansted Airport scheme

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Urban&Civic is pleased to announce the opening of its new hotel at Stansted which is being operated under the Hampton by Hilton brand. The opening represents the culmination of an 18 month design and build programme by developer and owner Urban&Civic.

The 357-room eight-storey hotel is Hampton by Hilton’s largest property in Europe and joins 22 other Hampton by Hilton properties in the UK. The hotel offers guests services and amenities such as a free hot breakfast, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, Work Zone with internet and printing facilities and a 24/7 fitness centre. Additionally the hotel offers two meeting rooms.

Directly connected to the terminal building, the development is part of Urban&Civic’s commitment to deliver high quality commercial and residential places and significant investment in the London – Stansted – Cambridge corridor. The investment sits alongside Urban&Civic’s substantial local footprint as Master Developer of three strategic housing led regeneration projects at Waterbeach Barracks, Alconbury Weald and St Neots delivering almost 15,000 homes, 14 schools and significant investment in transport and community infrastructure and place-making.

Robin Butler, Managing Director, said: “The hotel is a strong addition to the Stansted skyline and further endorses the significant investment going in to Stansted Airport and supporting those growing ambitions. The quality of both design and materials should ensure that the building rapidly becomes recognised as a further statement of confidence for not just the airport but the wider region as a whole”

Plans for Luton Airport hotel take flight

Plans for Luton Airport hotel take flight

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Redefine|BDL Hotels has announced that it will manage the upcoming Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport hotel undertaken by Polcom Developments. The hotel is expected to open early in 2018.

The new 250-bedroom modular build hotel will be situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Luton Airport’s departure lounge, and will boast thoughtfully designed guestrooms that promote comfort and productivity, plus a bar, bistro and gym.

Polcom Developments has already begun building the hotel rooms at its factory in Gdansk, Poland and, when ready, they’ll be transported to the hotel site ready for construction.

Plans for Luton Airport hotel take flightRBH – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – which already counts Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh and the modular-build Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West among its portfolio of properties, will manage the hotel once complete.

Ross Morrow, RBH’s Chief Development Officer, said: “Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport will be the second hotel in the RBH portfolio to be built using Polcom’s innovative modular construction. With the main components of the hotel being built in a factory setting, it minimises the time spent on-site and really speeds up completion of what is set to be a fantastic hotel.

“We’re delighted to be working again with Polcom Developments on the project, following a successful start to our partnership on Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West.”

RBH’s portfolio includes private label and branded properties, including IHG, Hilton, Accor, Marriott, Best Western and Wyndham hotels.

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Courtyard by Marriott welcomes first hotel in Glasgow

Courtyard by Marriott welcomes first hotel in Glasgow

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Marriott International has announced the addition of Courtyard Glasgow Airport to its portfolio in Scotland.

Courtyard Glasgow Airport underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment before joining Courtyard by Marriott, marking the brand’s debut in the city. Formerly Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel, the hotel is conveniently situated on Glasgow Airport’s doorstep, and a 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

All 114 guestrooms have undergone an extensive renovation, in addition to the public areas, leisure facilities and restaurant and bar venue, The Bistro. Carrying the latest Courtyard by Marriott design, the new spaces offer business and leisure travellers a refreshing hotel experience with contemporary and efficient design to ensure convenience and productivity throughout the entire stay.

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The lobby has been redesigned into a flexible space to promote engagement with guests. The GoBoard, a unique Courtyard by Marriott concept, offers touchscreen technology to allow users to view the latest airport information and research popular tourist attractions. Guests can also enjoy the use of complimentary WIFI.

New features of the property include a fully-equipped fitness centre, as well as a business centre with three meeting rooms. In addition, the hotel’s 24-hour market provides refreshments and travel accessories. The hotel also plans to add a further 56 rooms by mid-2017 taking the total to 170.

The transformation follows a significant investment by owner Cairn Group.

Courtyard Glasgow Airport is one of two additions for Courtyard by Marriott in Scotland this year, with Courtyard Edinburgh anticipated to open in December 2016. Courtyard by Marriott has one existing outpost in Scotland; Courtyard Aberdeen Airport, which opened in 2013.

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Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul

Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul opens

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The Steigenberger Hotel Group has opened its second hotel in Turkey – the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul.

“We are proud to open our second hotel in Turkey and to expand our international portfolio further. Our guests will enjoy Turkish hospitality meeting German standards in one of the most pulsating cities of the world,” said Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of the Steigenberger Hotel Group.

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All 209 guest rooms feature both innovative design elements as well as flexible workspaces. All guests have free Wi-Fi access, and rooms are equipped with LCD flat screens. The hotel also houses a modern health and beauty spa centre along with a spacious gym with the latest exercise equipment, a Turkish bath, a steam room, a sauna, a jacuzzi and an indoor swimming pool. For conferences or meetings, the hotel offers an 860 square metre pillar-free Grand Ballroom and three additional meeting rooms.

Hotel General Manager Ali Türk said: “I am very excited about our cooperation with Steigenberger. Combining our knowledge of the hospitality industry in Turkey and Steigenberger’s quality and expertise in the marketplace, I am confident that Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul is poised to develop at an exceptional pace. I believe that the long lasting reputation of our company with its association with Steigenberger will enable this unique business hotel to achieve its full potential and pave the way for a successful and mutually beneficial collaboration for many years to come.”