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ibis London Canning Town

ibis Hotels contributing to Canning Town regeneration

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Offering unrivalled access to a host of London’s most bustling business and leisure hubs, the new 196-bed ibis London Canning Town hotel delivers style, comfort and affordability to all travellers, in one of the capital’s most exciting emerging locations.

The hotel is a key element of the newly-established Hallsville Quarter – a £600 million town centre project established in conjunction with the London Borough of Newham and property development company Linkcity. The hotel and surrounding residential and retail properties form a key part of the much wider £3.7 billion Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme, which aims to transform and establish the east London area as a thriving and prosperous community.

ibis London Canning Town (5)ibis’ commitment to the local area includes the creation of 25 jobs at the hotel and supporting local food and beverage providers where possible – including trendy east London coffee roasters Climpson and Sons, who will provide beans for the hotel’s Chill #08 café bar and restaurant. The café and bar will act as a food and beverage hub for the area, for hotel guests and visitors alike.

Commenting on the opening, James Wheatcroft from ibis Hotels says: “When you think of cool areas in London you naturally look east. Canning Town is a brilliantly located, up and coming area, so we’re delighted that our hotel is an integral part of its regeneration. Our Chill #08 café bar and restaurant will attract hotel guests and local visitors alike, making it a real go-to destination in the community. We’re committed to offering all our guests access to incredible experiences and this new hotel is perfectly located to provide this, being a stone’s throw from The O2 and within easy reach of all our capital’s main attractions and key transport hubs, such as London City Airport and even Heathrow.”

ibis London Canning Town (4)Guests staying at the hotel can expect a good night’s sleep thanks to soundproof, air-conditioned rooms and revolutionary bedding concept, Sweet Bed™ by ibis. Free super-fast fibre Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception service will keep guests connected at all times.

ibis Canning Town will also feature ibis’ unique guest welcome initiative introduced in 2017. In all ibis hotels, guests are greeted on arrival by staff with room keys in hand who are linked to the ibis online fast check-in and check-out service via smartphones. This has replaced check-in desks and unnecessary waiting times with smiling faces and stress-free experiences, allowing even more time for guests to enjoy a stay in the city around them.

Brand Spotlight: Generator Hostels

Brand Spotlight: Generator continues Europe expansion

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Generator, the cutting-edge European lifestyle brand responsible for leading the hostel revolution, announces the opening of three new properties: Generator Stockholm and its bar Hilma; Generator Amsterdam and its club Oosterbar; and Generator Rome.

These consecutive, milestone launches, round out the company’s portfolio to include 11 destinations in Europe.

In its quest to continue to provide true native experiences at each location, Generator is opening up their food and beverage venues, and other on-property programming to locals in respective communities. Beginning with Hilma and Oosterbar, and continuing across existing units, this new initiative will bring like-minded travelers and locals together to create a unique social experience driven by design, art, music, food, drink and entertainment.

Brand Spotlight: Generator Hostels“Generator redefined the shared accommodations sector, and transformed the industry as we know it,” said Fredrik Korallus, Chief Executive Officer, Generator. “We are thrilled to offer our unique concept in these three world class cities, and connect our global traveler with even more exciting experiences.”

Stockholm, Rome, Amsterdam, and the addition of new bars and restaurants across the portfolio are an integral part of the company’s robust expansion efforts. 2017 property openings include a city center location in Madrid and the brand’s US debut in South Beach, Miami.

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Generator Stockholm is located in Stockholm’s city center at Torsgatan 10 and includes edgy bar and restaurant Hilma. In a prime location, dubbed the heart of Europe’s Silicon Valley, the new hostel and Hilma have attracted the traveling and local stylish, creative, and technology elite.

Brand Spotlight: Generator HostelsAlso newly opened, Generator’s arrival to Rome – a major European hub – will disrupt the city’s hostel and boutique hotel scene with its upscale shared accommodations. Centrally located on Via Principe Amedeo in the Esquilino neighborhood near the colorful Mercato dell’Esquilino, the 75-room, 174-bed property provides convenient access to notable attractions like the Roman Colosseum and Termini Station. An array of churches, parks, bars, cafes, and pizzerias line the surrounding streets, which are some of the oldest in the city. On-property features include:
– A rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the Apennine Mountains and ancient Roman aqueducts
– An open layout lobby programmed with live music and local art, including a mural by famous Italian street artist Luca Maleonte

Following the March 2016 opening of Generator Amsterdam, the 168-room, 564-bed property recently launched, Oosterbar, a club located in the building’s basement, the former boiler room of what was the University of Amsterdam’s science department. Its original tiles combined with a new dramatic metal piping sculpture, other raw and industrial-chic elements, and intimate lighting create an energetic nightlife vibe.

Guests can expect diverse DJ programming including special one-off performances, live acoustic acts, comedy shows, and international themed music nights ranging from hip hop and R&B to bass, house and elective to disco. The space will also feature exhibitions with local, emerging artists and fashion designers.

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Travelodge Lincoln

Work starts on new Lincoln Travelodge

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Work to transform an area of land close to the new £30 million transport hub project in Lincoln city centre into a new Travelodge hotel has started this week.

Development firm S Harrison has appointed family-run construction firm R G Carter to carry out the 12 month long build programme.

Set in a prominent position just off Tentercroft Street, close to the city’s High Street and railway station, the 127 bedroom hotel will open to guests next winter.

York-based S Harrison have purchased the site from the City Council following the grant of planning permission earlier this year. Development director, David Clancy, from S Harrison said: “Lincoln is a fascinating Cathedral city that attracts plenty of tourists, and it is also a great place to do business. It’s an incredibly exciting time for Lincoln with such major investment in this central area in particular, and we are proud to play our part in helping to bring Travelodge to the city.”

David adds: “All of these impressive improvements will help to create a vibrant and easily accessible central hub for people to enjoy, and this new quality hotel is much needed in this area, as it will provide great value accommodation as well as creating new jobs.”

The new five-storey Travelodge will provide 60 double bedrooms, 61 family rooms and six accessible rooms as well as a parking area. The building will be constructed mainly from red and buff brickwork with recessed grey aluminium window frames. On the ground floor there will be a main entrance, reception, breakfast area and café bar.

Pod Brooklyn opened its doors in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, introducing the next generation of properties

Concept POD Hotel opens property in Brooklyn

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Pod Brooklyn opened its doors in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, introducing the next generation of properties from BD Hotels in partnership with CB Developers.

Following the models in Manhattan and Washington DC (Pod 51, Pod 39 & Pod DC), Pod Brooklyn carries on with the micro-hotel concept, which utilises modular guestrooms built entirely in Poland and shipped to New York City.

POD BrooklynThe 249 modular rooms, each about 100 square feet, and include queen and bunk bed configurations with features like built-in storage and high-tech amenities, which allow guests to stream their own media content from iPhones or other devices.

Guestrooms include oversized windows looking onto green gardens and public spaces, creating a social campus feel, but also include blackout and noise-blocking shades for when travelers wish to unplug.

The property stands on the corner of Metropolitan and Driggs Avenue.

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Hampton by Hilton Rome

Hampton by Hilton arrives in Italy

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has this week announced the opening of its first property in Italy, Hampton by Hilton Rome East. The hotel joins 64 other Hampton by Hilton properties open across Europe.

Hampton by Hilton Rome East is also Hilton’s first property in Italy to offer Digital Key, the mobile-enabled room key technology that enables Hilton Honors members to simply and securely open the door of their room, as well as any other area of the hotel that requires a key, at the touch of a button available through the Hilton Honors app.

“We are thrilled to open Italy’s first Hampton by Hilton property which offers modern rooms, meeting space and a convenient location. We are also pleased to be Hilton’s first property in Italy to offer Digital Key,” said Sebastian Siciliano, general manager. “We look forward to welcoming guests with caring and thoughtful Hamptonality service and providing them with the brand’s signature amenities, all backed by the 100% Hampton Guarantee.”

The hotel contains 148 contemporary rooms (some interconnecting) with comfortable beds, 40-inch HDTV, work desk with ergonomic chair and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Tyndale

Torquay B&B Tyndale wins AA 5 stars after Mitre Linen makeover

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A boutique B&B in Torquay has been given an AA 5 stars B&B award plus a breakfast award thanks to the help of a Mitre Linen makeover. Daniel Kilik and Andrew Burton run Tyndale, a contemporary boutique B&B in the coastal resort.

They invited Mitre Linen to work closely with them to help them achieve a unique look for each of their guest rooms. Laura Webber, Mitre’s Regional Sales Manager, visited their B&B to advise on the best products for both the property and their guests.

As Daniel and Andrew were looking for something unique, Laura recommended that they use Mitre’s bespoke soft furnishings service, where they could choose from countless prints and fabrics and be guided throughout the project.

One room was given a striking geometric look and feel using black and gold while another was transformed with on trend denim colours and a crushed velvet headboard in silver for the beautiful new bed.

Taking inspiration from a room’s green wallpaper, another bedroom was given a crisp new look using curtains, runners and a mixture of cushions in Rhapsody aqua fabric. They also bought the Duke toppers from the Heritage range plus Tencel pillows and Microfibre duvets from the Luxury range as well as luxurious white bathrobes.

Daniel said: “When we took over the property in 2011, it was a run-down 3 star rated guest house in desperate need of some love and attention.

“With their industry knowledge, Mitre Linen have helped us create unique, elegant and contemporary boutique rooms for our guests.

“Their work has allowed us to re-launch as a boutique Bed and Breakfast and we are already seeing the benefits. Not only has our refurbishment and attractive new look helped us to achieve an increase in our room rates, but we now hold AA 5 stars plus a breakfast award.

Tyndale“Our guests have given us a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and we have been praised for our ‘beautiful decoration’, ‘immaculate rooms’ and ‘high standard finish’.”

Mitre Linen’s Laura Webber said: “Daniel had a very clear vision of how he wanted the rooms to look – all contemporary and individual and each totally different. We spent time working together choosing colours and fabrics to complement each room’s colour scheme and he was very welcoming to my ideas. He was thrilled with the results and has had some wonderful feedback from guests on how stunning his rooms are.

“We love helping hoteliers in their refurbishment and, as an experienced hospitality provider for over 70 years, we understand that every establishment is unique.”

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Cabin raises $3m in seed-funding and launches 'moving hotel'

Opinion: Cabin raises $3m to launch ‘moving hotel’

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Cabin, the first hospitality transportation company on a mission to make the most of every waking and sleeping moment, today announced it has secured $3.3 million in seed financing and launched a moving hotel.

Cabin’s one-of-a-kind overnight travel experience enables people to reclaim their time while saving money by consolidating both transportation and accommodation into one simple and delightful experience.

Initially run as a pilot called SleepBus in early 2016, Cabin sold out of tickets in three days and amassed a waiting list of over 20,000 people seeking to be “teleported” to regional destinations up to 500 miles from home. Led by Founders Fund’s FF Angel with participation from SV Angel, Floodgate, Box Group, Brainchild Holdings, Justin Rosenstein, StartX, FJ Labs, and 1517 Fund, the new round of funding will allow Cabin to scale operations both on a regional and national level.

Cabin raises $3m in seed-funding and launches 'moving hotel'
Editor’s Opinion: At the moment, there is only one route between Los Angeles and San Francisco – and at $115 a journey (£88), flights between the two cities are often cheaper. However what Cabin are offering is travel in comfort and accommodation all rolled into one. And clearly it’s a popular concept given the response to the crowd-funding and the waiting-list uptake. I think ‘hotel’ might be stretching the meaning of the word considering the sleeping spaces are very similar to fully-reclining pods on long-haul flights.

But with amenities like a small communal lounge area, Wi-Fi and earplugs and nighttime tea for all passengers, attendants on hand and a bathroom on board, and each rider being able to bring two pieces of luggage for free – it’s not far off. Should this trial run work later this month and more routes likely to open on the eastern seaboard later on; I expect this could be a concept that really takes off in other places around the globe.

Cabin raises $3m in seed-funding and launches 'moving hotel'“By eliminating the travel time from traveling, Cabin is giving people the freedom to get where they need to be – without having to spend their precious time in transit,” said Tom Currier, CEO and Co-Founder.

How Cabin Works
Guests check into their private cabin at 23:00 while Cabin is stationary at the designated point of departure. Once the guest is comfortable, the moving hotel travels to the arrival destination. Guests check out rested and refreshed in their arrival city at 7:00.

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Pangea Pod Hotel - Whistler, Canada

Sneak Peek: Canada’s first pod accommodation concept to open in 2018

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In April 2018, Whistler will welcome the opening of the Pangea Pod Hotel – a visionary property situated in the centre of the city’s pedestrian village. Designed for the discerning solo traveller seeking a boutique hotel feel, impressive design and a prime location at an affordable price-point, Pangea is set to fill Whistler’s void between hostels and hotels.

“Pangea is unlike anything else offered in Canada, and we are thrilled to launch this concept in Whistler. Our unique pod hotel experience will speak to sophisticated, value-conscious guests unwilling to compromise on location, function, and aesthetics,” says co-founder Russell Kling. “Currently we are working obsessively to perfect the industrial design of the pods and suites, as well as the interior design of the communal spaces. We are also relentlessly focused on the significant gut renovation to the interior and a complete update to the exterior to bring this prime property into the 21st century.”

Pangea will feature a series of custom suites housing a total of 88 private sleeping pods. Each boutique pod will be luxuriously lined in wood and comfortably outfitted with a memory foam double mattress and high-end linens. They’ll also be equipped with individually controlled LED lights, multiple charging points (including USB ports) and an integrated fan for ventilation and white noise. There’s a place for everything, with a lockable cabinet for valuables, hangers and hooks for clothes, and a storage area for luggage. Mirrors and artwork lend a personal touch, while curtains provide a fundamental level of privacy.

Pangea Pod Hotel - Whistler, CanadaPerhaps one of the most ground-breaking design aspects of Pangea is its modular bathroom concept. Unconventional thinking led to the conventional bathroom being separated into four individually accessed components: spa-like shower cubicles, washrooms, vanities, and changing rooms. More than 60 of these bathroom components are spread among Pangea’s suites.

Pangea Pod Hotel - Whistler, Canada“After travelling the world extensively with my husband, Russell, we knew we had to approach the ‘bathroom situation’ differently to excite the kinds of travellers we want to attract,” says Jelena Kling, Pangea’s co-founder. “By creating these four-piece bathrooms and locating them all within the suites themselves, we add a level of privacy and convenience not commonly found in hostels or other capsule hotels.”

Pangea Pod Hotel - Whistler, Canada
While the pod suites encourage a tranquil and restful ambiance, Pangea’s guests will relish the lively atmosphere and connection to Whistler in The Living Room, Pangea’s stylish communal space. As the property’s hub on the second floor, The Living Room’s large drop-down glass panels overlooking the Village Stroll will create the feel of an outdoor patio, with long shared tables in the café for socialising and cozy sitting areas in the bar and lounge for relaxing. The Patio, Pangea’s rooftop bar on the third floor, will offer a unique outdoor experience and sensational views down to the Village Square.

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Travelodge 'SuperRoom' concept

Project Spotlight: Travelodge launches ‘SuperRooms’ concept

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This year London was crowned the world’s leading financial centre, holding on to its top spot for another year. By doing this, the English capital beat business-centred cities like New York, Tokyo and Singapore. As the worlds professional hotspot there were 3.3 million overseas business visitors to London between 2014 and 2015, spending a collective of £2.9 billion.

Whilst one of the key trends in the UK is the rapid expansion of the budget hotel sector offering competitive rates for business and leisure travellers in a recessionary climate. Overall, the UK hotels sector has seen room supply increase at record levels in many cities, especially London. Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel brand reports that it has generated more sales from business customers than those on holiday and that today they have more customers staying for travel than ever before.

In a bid to grow this customer base, Travelodge has just launched its new ‘SuperRooms’, bringing the ‘premium economy’ concept familiar to airline users to the UK budget hotel market.

Travelodge 'SuperRoom' conceptThis new class of room, the first of its kind in the UK budget hotel market, dials up the comfort factor with a concept designed especially for business and leisure customers who want the extra choice of a more premium room.

The stylish SuperRoom has everything that you would expect from Travelodge but with lots of new additional creature comforts. It has been styled in a modern residential décor scheme, creating a home from home feel. It features a new dream-light colour scheme which includes tones of calming blue, warm beige and tranquil taupe, as well as blackout curtains, creating a relaxing atmosphere for a restful night’s sleep.

The signature creature comforts in the SuperRoom include:
• Lavazza ‘A Modo Mio’ fresh capsule coffee machine
• Hansgrohe Raindance 3-jet adjustable shower
• Multiple power and USB charging points at arm’s length throughout
• Ambient LED mood lighting
• Larger desk area with a swivel chair
• King-size Travelodge Dreamer™ bed
• Choice of firm and soft hypo-allergenic pillows
• Dressing stand with a powerful hairdryer
• In-room iron and ironing board
• Samsung Slimline wall-mounted flat screen TV

Peter Gowers, Travelodge Chief Executive said: “For British business, the days of extravagance on expenses are long behind us. More and more business travellers are opting for a budget hotel and last year we generated more sales from business customers than those on holiday.”

“We are all used to airlines offering a premium economy cabin that bridges the gap between traditional economy class and an expensive business class offer. We wanted to bring that same choice to budget hotel guests. With premium products like Lavazza coffee machines and Hansgrohe showers, the functional things you’d expect from Travelodge like our Dreamer™ Bed and USB ports throughout, as well as little touches like hot chocolate and a free KitKat, we are pleased to be offering even greater choice for our customers in some of the best locations in the UK.”

New SuperRooms are currently available at Travelodge London Waterloo, London Farringdon, London Euston and London City Road.

During 2017 the company expects to invest approximately £5m in the initial launch of 1,000 SuperRooms, including further central London locations, London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Bath.

Travelodge 'SuperRoom' conceptRooms will be available to book via Travelodge.co.uk. They are expected to attract a typical premium of approximately £10-20 per night above the company’s classic rooms, which were recently upgraded nationwide as part of a £100m modernisation programme.

The new SuperRooms were designed based on extensive customer research and in partnership with the designers at Honour, a renowned luxury travel design agency that has previously worked with British Airways and Etihad Airlines on their first class lounges and first class cabins.

Travelodge has also worked with colour consultant, Suzy Chiazzari to help create the dream-light colour scheme.

Suzy Chiazzari, Colour Consultant said: “From the first moment you step into the SuperRoom you sense a feeling of lightness and calm. This is created by the mood-enhancing qualities of the colours used in the room, which includes: calming blue, warm beige and tranquil taupe. The blue shade is reminiscent of the night sky night and transports you into a quiet space where you can relax and unwind. Whilst the beige and tranquil colours are earthy grounding tones which create an inviting space that cocoons you while you recharge your batteries, leaving your refreshed and invigorated the next day.”

A&O Copenhagen

A&O opens hotel, hostel hybrid in Copenhagen

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A&O Hotels and Hostels are now in Denmark. The new, four-storey property with 6,144m² of floor space at Tagensvej 135–137 is budget, design accommodation for the next generation of A&O. A&O stands for affordable accommodation, even in cities with a high cost of living.

Construction of the A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro was completed within eight months and there is a long-term lease in place with AP Pension that will last 30 years.

The construction investments including furnishings and fittings has so far amounted to 5.5 million euros. The hotel offers 684 beds across 168 rooms, predominantly in the 4-bed and 6-bed family room category and double rooms.

“In Copenhagen, we have concentrated more on building family rooms with a double bed and one or two bunk beds, in order to respond more flexibly to our target groups. In this way, we can cover the increased demand for shared rooms for groups during the week, and at weekends, the rooms are used by individual travellers, such as couples and families,” explains Phillip Winter, Chief Marketing Officer of the A&O Hotel Group.

The building will be used both by the chain and for student accommodation. Therefore, the hotel will offer a ‘Students-Only’ area for the young academics with a quiet zone and high-speed Wi-Fi. The location and infrastructure The A&O is located in the north-west of the city in the student district of Nørrebro, close to the Bispebjerg station, only 20 minutes away from Copenhagen’s Central Station by tram.

The neighbourhood of Nørrebro has a rich café and club culture, perfect for young travellers from all over the world who want to get to know an authentic side of Copenhagen, shaped by multiculturalism.

As a new innovation, the rooms were constructed in a modular way, i.e with wooden function boards that integrate all of the electronics and cables for easy installation. We used only quality materials in the new furniture colour scheme in ‘Fineline Créme’ (formerly birch), as well as vintage-look flooring in ‘Welsh Pale Oak’ (instead of cherry), and installed sound-proof doors. The room locks use code cards and are already geared to the future of the hotel industry: ‘opening doors by smartphone’.

There will be more detailed information about the launch provided in the coming weeks. Every shared family room is equipped with so-called ‘privacy boards’ on the bunk beds to give the guests more privacy. The board comes with an LED reading light, a tablet holder and two USB ports, as standard. The headboards on the double beds are set up just like the privacy boards, in a typical urban style, and have integrated LED reading lights. In the rooms, conventional seating will be replaced by stools in orange and mandarin.

The hotel is set up according to the ‘A&O: next generation’ concept, and therefore reflects the chain’s new design scheme. The flooring is coated with epoxy resin and is therefore particularly resilient, and cast using the industrial ‘New York Floor’ design, an innovative 3D floor coating technology. The waiting area offers seating islands as couch elements; the reading corners have orange sofas, and the lounge area with self-service coffee also has comfy armchairs. For the first time, the furnishings and lighting are all in the colours orange, raspberry, pistachio, and carbon; this scheme is applied throughout both the lobby and the well-lit breakfast area. Furthermore, there are facings throughout the hotel at the reception desk, the bar, and the breakfast buffet, with a striped design and city scenes. The breakfast room is equipped with both island bar tables and raised bar tables for a more open look, and the area is lit with oversized designer ‘Donut’ hanging lamps in the four colour schemes.

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prizeotel Munich

prizeotel Munich Airport to open in 2019

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The expansion of prizeotel continues through the joint venture with The Rezidor Hotel Group. The group is proud to announce a new prizeotel near the Munich Airport in the Hallbergmoos municipality. prizeotel Munich Airport will open in early 2019. Karim Rashid, the renowned New York based designer and the brand curator, will once again showcase his ‘designocrasy’ at the new prizeotel.

With the signing of a new prizeotel in Munich, Founder & CEO Marco Nussbaum introduces 160 brand new rooms for the design-oriented but price conscious guests in Bavaria’s capital and home to the famous Oktoberfest. The new prizeotel is situated less than 10 minutes from the airport by car and will provide 80 parking spaces for guests. Munich Airport is one of the busiest and most important travel hubs in Europe, hosting more than 42 million passengers annually.

“The new prizeotel in the heart of Bavaria is another evidence of our continued success story with The Rezidor Hotel Group, with whom we have already realized three projects in a span of 11 months”, said Marco Nussbaum. prizeotel currently operates 555 rooms in Hamburg, Bremen and Hannover, with an additional 995 rooms in the pipeline. Future prizeotels are under construction in Hamburg St. Pauli, Erfurt ICE city and Bern.

prizeotel is an economy hotel brand, high on design and functionality. The brand concept is based on an urban flair and innovative, customer-friendly technology with free, high-speed Internet; mobile check-in; etc.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group, looks forward to the new Munich location: “With prizeotel, we are offering our guests an innovative, exceptional and credible hospitality experience in the economy segment,” he says. “We are also offering our investment partners a sustainable and compelling real estate investment proposition through a contained investment cost and attractive fixed income.”

The Rezidor Hotel Group is already present in Bavaria’s capital with two Park Inn by Radisson hotels.

Travelodge Lincoln

Plans to bring new hotel to Lincoln move forward with land sale

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The purchase of an important site on Tentercroft Street in Lincoln, which is currently owned by the City Council, has been agreed by York based developer S Harrison. The company now plans to deliver a new Travelodge that will help to ease the city’s shortage of hotel bedrooms and help to create new jobs in the area.

The site is in a very prominent position on the recently opened East-West link road, close to the city’s High Street, and just yards from the railway station and new transport hub that is currently under construction.

Development Director, David Clancy, from York-based S Harrison said: “If our plans are successful, one of the UK’s leading hotel brands will expand into this bustling part of Lincoln city centre creating jobs and boosting the local economy. The hotel will offer 127 bedrooms, as well as breakfast and café facilities and will help to ease the shortage of quality hotel accommodation that Lincoln is currently experiencing.

“We have already had discussions with the planning authority, and we will submit our full planning application in spring. If the plans are approved, work on the development could start as early as this autumn.”

Tony O’Brien, UK Development Director for Travelodge Hotels, said: “Travelodge is delighted to have exchanged contracts with S Harrison Developments for a new Travelodge in the heart of Lincoln, adjacent to the railway station. The centre of Lincoln is short of good quality, great value hotel accommodation and the new Travelodge will provide this in a great location for both business and leisure visitors to the City.”

Hampton by Hilton - Dundee City Centre

Hampton by Hilton opens third property in Scotland – Dundee City Centre

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Hampton by Hilton has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre.

Located within two miles of Dundee Airport, and nearby to Dundee Rail station, the 105-room hotel is easily accessible for guests travelling to the Scottish coastal city from across the UK.

Having been praised as one of Europe’s most creative cities, Dundee is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, which is soon to be complemented by the upcoming opening of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, part of a wider £1bn regeneration project for the city.

“We are excited to open our third Hampton by Hilton property in Scotland and to introduce the brand to Dundee,” said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton by Hilton brand management, Hilton. “We look forward to providing our guests with all of our signature brand services and amenities they will need for a comfortable stay in the city.”

Guests can host corporate or personal functions onsite at Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre in one of the four available meeting rooms. Each room is fully equipped with state of the art technology, and the largest meeting room can hold up to 65 people.

Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre offers guests the best that Hampton by Hilton has to offer, with the brand’s signature hot breakfast included with all rates, a complimentary fitness room open 24 hours a day, a 24-hour convenience hub with a selection of snacks and drinks, all backed by Hampton by Hilton’s Satisfaction Guarantee. Guest rooms also include a 40-inch HDTV and large work station.

Generator Hostels

Sneak Peek: Generator Hostels in Amsterdam, Rome & Stockholm

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Generator Hostels have opened three new beautiful design hostels in Amsterdam, Rome and Stockholm…

Amsterdam
The Amsterdam hostel has been built in a former zoological university building reusing the old lecture hall as a bar and chill-out lounge.

Rome
The Rome hostel has the interior covered with a tapestry of Roman heritage with stylish private rooms.

Stockholm
Finally, the Stockholm hostel has a unique style with luxurious private rooms and everything design-led from the bar to the rooms.

Lexington Inn

Lexington Inn & Suites opens in Goodyear, Arizona

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Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) recently announced the opening of a Lexington Inn & Suites in Goodyear, Arizona. The hotel marks the first Lexington property to open since RLHC closed last month on the company’s most recent acquisition.

The recently converted property features 90 guest rooms, a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, free WiFi, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness centre, guest laundry and over 700 square feet of meeting space.

“We are excited to welcome the Lexington Inn & Suites Goodyear to the RLHC family,” said EVP and President of Global Development Roger Bloss. “Visitors can now experience the culture and the people that distinguish Lexington and all RLHC properties.”

The hotel is the third Lexington property in Arizona, joining hotels in Fountain Hills and Holbrook.

The Student Hotel - Berlin

The Student Hotel enters German market in Berlin

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Adding to its twelve-strong portfolio of properties, The Student Hotel will open its first German location in the heart of Berlin in partnership with the European Student Housing Fund.

The 17,000-square metre space is located on Alexanderstraße, in the immediate vicinity of the iconic Alexanderplatz, an area known as the Alexanderquartier.

The project will be developed and operated in a joint venture with Triton Development GmbH, the investment adviser to the European Student Housing Fund. The Student Hotel Berlin will bring 456 new rooms to serve the thriving international student and tourist community.

Opening in 2019 The Student Hotel Berlin will add to the mixed-use character of the area. Contemporary architecture will frame the hotel and create a mix of student rooms, hotel rooms and co-living studios. The ground floor will be accessible to the public with study areas, meeting rooms, a co-working space for start-ups, games room, a gym and a garage for a 400+ bicycle fleet.

Charlie MacGregor, the company’s CEO and founder says: “The Student Hotel Berlin will connect students and start-ups, freelancers and the local neighbourhood. We are happy to start our German adventure in Berlin, a city which, like The Student Hotel, has been a shelter for a young and international community.”

The Student Hotel Group, which currently operates over 3000 rooms in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Barcelona and Paris, will open shortly in Eindhoven, Maastricht, Florence and Bologna aiming to reach 15,000 rooms by 2020 through acquisitions and development sin Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Berlin is one of the largest university cities in Europe with 165,000 students attending up to 31 universities and post-graduate academies, including Humboldt Universität, Freie Universität and Technische Universität. The number of international students is growing fast, generating demand for this new student accommodation concept.

Red Planet Hotels

Red Planet Hotels accelerates Asian expansion through Goldman Sachs investment

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Red Planet Hotels, the fast-growing pan-Asian budget hotel chain has announced it has received $70 million (£53.7 million) from Goldman Sachs, the leading global investment bank.

Founded in 2010, Red Planet Hotels owns and operates a portfolio of 26 hotels in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The funds from Goldman Sachs will facilitate the activation of a confirmed pipeline for 10 hotels to open over the next 24 months.

Red Planet Hotels Chief Executive Officer, Tim Hansing, said the investment would solidify the company’s current expansion roadmap and help to establish a basis to close a final round of private investor equity to support further expansion of the brand.

“We have a well-diversified portfolio over four countries, and have developed a highly systemised brand. We have also created a unique customer-facing IT platform that is without parallel in our market. We now have substantial growth opportunities not only in our existing markets but also in additional countries where we are confident our brand and product will excel,” Mr Hansing added.

“To have our company, our people, our product, and our brand be funded by Goldman Sachs indeed gives us the confidence that we are on the right track to our stated goal of a 2018 IPO.”

Since 2011 Red Planet Hotels has raised $240 million (£184 million) of capital and the funds from Goldman Sachs position the company well to complete its next and final pre-IPO round of capital raising amounting to $250 million (£192 million).

Ibis Styles Hungary

Ibis Styles arrives in Hungary with two new properties

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Economy designer brand Ibis Styles is thinking big with the opening of not just one but two new hotels in Budapest.

This is a new country for the brand and a new opportunity to once again convey its distinctive personality and character. To mark the occasion, the teams from AccorHotels Hungary have organised a custom inauguration event bringing together partners, clients and members of the local communities.

Opened back in May, the ibis Styles Budapest Centre and ibis Styles Budapest City, both former Mercure establishments, convey the “Happy Mood” feel of the ibis family. During the launch event, inspired by a storytelling concept for the two establishments, Gilles Clavie, President and CEO of Orbis SA/AccorHotels Eastern Europe, explained that: “The opening of the first ibis Styles hotels in Hungary is a major step for our Group in the region, as well as for the brand. With the arrival of ibis Styles to Hungary we are bringing innovation and a new hotel experience for the guests, offering unique design and atmosphere, a friendly service and welcome, where guest can feel the conviviality and unique storytelling created around the hotels”.

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The talented Polish design agency Tremend created the interior decor for both establishments, which feature fun and distinctive living areas. Including bright and refreshing colours, modern materials, amusing geometric patterns and brightly-lit interiors, all aspects of the brand’s distinctive style contribute to a well-established and hard-hitting storytelling concept.

The goal of the ibis Styles Budapest Centre is to take its guests back to their happy childhood days with a “play” theme! With brightly coloured fitted carpets and video game illustrations featured on the walls of the bedrooms, game boards in the public areas and humorous signage, everything has been carefully designed to ensure that our guests have a fun and happy stay here.

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For its part, the ibis Styles Budapest City offers guests a “bicycle ride” experience. This includes chair backs in the shape of handlebars, wheels for chandeliers, hanging bicycles or cycle lanes marked out on the ground. All cycle-related imagery inviting the guest to embark on a special journey.

“It was quite a gamble, but it paid off,” explained Armand Bikart, Design Director Eastern Europe at AccorHotels. “The challenge lay in totally redesigning the interior of two former Mercure hotels which were looking a little tired and even obsolete, with the aim of creating something completely different. And achieving all of this on a very tight budget. This is one of the brand’s first openings in the country and so we had to get it right. In my view, today we can all be very proud of the results. These two hotels are a showcase for modernity, with a very clear and unashamed designer feel to them”.

Tune Hotels Liverpool Street

Tune Hotels reveals extension of its Liverpool Street hotel

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Tune Hotels’ Liverpool Street property is nearing completion of a 34-room extension of its current 183 room hotel.

The newly designed rooms will be unveiled this July and will feature in-room mood lighting control and 40” televisions.

The Liverpool Street hotel, which opened its doors in 2011, sits amongst four additional Tune hotels in the capital, with expansion planned already this year for a hotel in Shoreditch.

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Also during September, guests at Tune Hotel Liverpool Street will be treated to a fascinating visit from the Time Truck, showcasing excavations that have recently been undertaken by the Museum of London Archaeology. These excavations have brought to light a small but impressive assemblage of artefacts that unearth the lives and habits of those who lived in this now fashionable district during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These include tea and dining wares, clay tobacco pipes, blacking bottles, historic images, maps and photographs.

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General Manager of Tune Hotel, Liverpool Street, Ally Pasaprates, said “There’s so much to look forward to this summer, not only will the Time Truck exhibition come directly to the hotel in September, offering guests a unique museum experience with ultimate convenience, but the extension of the hotel means guests can view these ancient findings in spectacularly modern facilities.”

Tune Hotels’ promise is to offer great value rooms with high-quality basics including excellent beds, powerful showers, central locations, a clean environment and 24-hour security. And, unlike other hotels, you only pay for non-essential facilities and services if you use them ensuring a great price no matter what time of the year you visit. Tune Hotels has eight established hotels in the UK, five in London, one in Edinburgh, one in Newcastle and one in Liverpool.

citizenM Tower of London

Grand opening for citizenM Tower of London property

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This July sees the grand opening of the new citizenM hotel in the heart of one of London’s most historical sites. Right opposite the world famous Tower of London, this new 370-room hotel will officially open its doors on July 11.

citizenM’s second property in London marks another milestone in the history of this young and innovative Dutch hotel brand. Since it was founded in 2008, the company has been a disruptive force, breaking the rules of traditional hospitality with its belief in offering an outstanding experience and advanced thinking, treating all guests equally and seeking to give them what they really want – contemporary design, technology that enables a streamlined experience and friendly, efficient service at a very smart price.

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Architecture by Sheppard Robson and designed by the acclaimed Amsterdam-based creatives of Concrete, the property’s airy glass and limestone facade blends in with its surroundings and mirrors the buildings neighbouring the hotel. Entering the hotel through its signature style red glass box, guests will be immersed immediately into the group’s philosophy of redefined luxury for modern travellers. The ground floor is the heart of this hotel, and the concept of this area sees five different yet connected spaces that cater to the needs of both modern business travellers and tourists.

In the centre of the new hotel are the self check-in terminals, arranged in circles around small sapling trees, which allow a swift and easy check in and out in seconds. Furniture from Vitra, citizenM’s long-term partner, is used throughout the hotel, showcasing classic pieces from designers such as Verner Panton, Charles & Ray Eames, and Jean Prouvé. Oversized shelves let the guest enter the humorous world of citizenM. Filled with travel and art books and unique objects that reflect aspects of traditional British heritage, citizenM’s love for quirky details will delight guests from all over the world. A stuffed boar’s head surveys its surroundings while vintage cricket bats, antique riding boots and silver sports trophies adorn the communal spaces.

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With the opening of this new flagship, citizenM also introduces the brand new retail concept collectionM to the world, which came about in response from guests wanting to buy items they had seen at the hotels. An exclusively curated collection showcases travel accessories, art, books, interiors and cute design objects – over 100 items from more than twenty innovative and creative brands. These can be delivered to each traveller’s home, when ordered online, or bought outright at the ‘table of desire’ in the new Tower Hill hotel. For the launch of its retail concept, the group has also collaborated with The Public House of Art to present ‘The Awesome for citizenM’, a capsule collection of limited edition artworks, which will also be on display in each of the guest rooms.

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Continue through the lobby and discover a workspace furnished with beautiful custom made communal tables, where iMacs and printers are free for guests to use. At the back of the hotel is an outdoor terrace, furnished with bright red picnic tables, which looks onto an ancient Roman wall, a reminder the capital’s rich history.

Upstairs, the Concrete design team has created a winning approach to the much-loved bedrooms ensuring that every element packs a punch. Each room has large wall-to-wall windows and a huge and extremely comfortable bed with crisp linens that is the main focus of the room. The bathroom offers a Rain Dance shower to soothe and enliven the most tired traveller with toiletries specially made for citizenM with a choice of AM or PM. citizenM also offers a full range of free on demand movies and Skype-based phone rates – and if you want to watch your own choice of films, you can stream them from your mobile device. Add to this an iPad that controls everything in the room from themed wake up alarms to coloured ambient lighting, and it’s clear that at citizenM, it’s the guest who is in charge.

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It’s at the top of the hotel that you will discover the most spectacular space of all. The cloudM bar with its outstanding terrace, is a wraparound double height space offering what must be one of the most dramatic views of London’s skyline with the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and its iconic skyscrapers including the Gherkin and the Shard.

Located on the top two floors as well is societyM, the hotel’s popular business meeting rooms that are both creative and functional, with whiteboards, blackboards, free super fast Wi-Fi. Styled to evoke a 1950s design ethos, with vintage typewriters, telephones and Bakelite radios, these eight meeting spaces are designed to encourage imaginative thinking and innovative ideas.citizenM Tower of London

 

This hotel is brilliantly placed for visitors to London whether travelling for business or pleasure, and has enviable connections for exploring the best the capital has to offer. It is the perfect hub for all mobile travellers who need a creative and inspiring environment to start into their new adventures.

citizenM Tower of London is the eighth citizenM hotel, and joins London Bankside, Glasgow, New York, Paris, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. citizenM Shoreditch is set to open in September 2016 and construction is currently taking place on two hotels in Paris, New York, Taipei and Shanghai. New hotels will also be built in Seattle and Los Angeles.

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Generator Hostel - Stockholm

Award-winning hostel brand Generator opens in Stockholm

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Stockholm is one of the fastest growing cities in northern Europe, embracing its bank of up-and-coming fashion, design, and musical talent. It wasn’t going to be long before Generator made its mark on the Swedish capital.

Located close to the Stockholm city centre in the thriving technology hub at Torsgatan 10, the brand new property, adjacent to the Norra Bantorget Square, provides a new cultural hub with 796 beds in 233 rooms, a restaurant, bar and exciting social spaces.

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More than just a bed for the night, the 11-floor property brings travellers an experiential destination. In true Generator spirit, Stockholm offers lively communal areas integrating food, art, music, design and performances from local artists. Fun partnerships drawing on the culture of this timeless city, will bring the best of Stockholm together to provide a one of a kind experience for both guests and locals alike.

  • The property’s cafe and bar, open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, features a menu from local established talent David Gard
  • First Floor – a chilled out lounge and convertible communal working spaces, at Generator you’re always connected to city around you, and now you can make sure you’re up to date with the rest of the world, with work tables, power and data points
  • Standalone restaurant, inspired by the culturally rich city and its people, will open later this year and offer contemporary global street food with a Scandinavian touch.

Generator StockholmAdditional features include:

  • The lobby with quirky pops of colour and oversized pendant lighting, is open day and night for guests to hang-out and interact, the perfect spot to make new friends and wind down after a busy day out in the city
  • A studio apartment with views of the Stockholm ridges, featuring a private kitchen and living room with a TV

Stockholm has served as a platform for a myriad of creative talent, and Generator has drawn on this to inspire the latest opening. DesignAgency, the Toronto-based interior design firm behind the projects, has transformed the building with upscale micro-chic accommodations, local flare, and vibrant spaces that reflect the city’s aesthetics and culture.

Accommodations include suites, premium private rooms, and shared hostel lodging, all with en-suite bathrooms and the hostel plays host to an events space to accommodate the neighbourhood’s bustling commercial activity as well as host Generator’s events, including the ‘GenTalks’ series.

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Generator Stockholm General Manager, Alexander Bhatt, says “The combination of affordable accommodation, innovative design and vibrant social spaces is something that there is just not enough of in Stockholm and it will be a pleasure to lead our talented team to further success Generator.”

“I am delighted to bring Generator’s leading edge concept to my home country Sweden with an amazing location in Stockholm,” said Fredrik Korallus, Chief Executive Officer of Generator. “With this property we are introducing a unique shared accommodation lifestyle experience to the capital. We look forward to having Generator Stockholm come to life as a place where global and local connects”.

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Student Hotel Group

Student Hotel Group expands portfolio to 12

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As part of its rapid European expansion plans The Student Hotel has announced the purchase of a second property in Italy that will increase its portfolio to 12.

The Dutch group that pioneered a hybrid model of high-quality hospitality has today unveiled plans for a second Italian property as part of its target to open 40 across Europe by 2020. With €365 million of equity committed by Perella Weinberg Partners and APG Asset Management, The Student Hotel continues to look for opportunities across the continent, seeking and developing dormant and unloved buildings to bring positive economic and social benefits to their neighbourhoods.

It plans to meet its expansion goal through a programme of similar acquisitions in Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Bologna will be added to its 11-strong portfolio of properties. In addition to its current 3,000 rooms in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Barcelona and Paris, The Student Hotel will shortly open in Eindhoven, Maastricht and Florence.

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“We are proud to announce our second Italian project in one of the world’s oldest and most famous university cities,” says Charlie MacGregor, the company’s CEO and founder.

“Via our fast-growing international network of student hotels we can support the Bologna community in its ambition to be a world-class region for innovation and talent. We look forward to working with local business, university and travel partners.”

Opening in summer 2018, The Student Hotel Bologna, located in the ex-Telecom office building in Quartiere Navile, will mirror the successful concept established in the Netherlands.

Contemporary architecture will frame the hotel, its rooms and studios, with a library, study areas, meeting and conference rooms, an incubator for start-ups, a games room, gym and bicycle fleet.

Ennismore to launch budget brand NoCo

Ennismore Group to launch new budget hotel concept NoCo

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The group responsible for The Hoxton, The Hoxton Shoreditch and recent acquisition Gleneagles is to launch a new budget hotel brand concept called NoCo.

Ennismore is aiming to open 25 NoCo hotels in key cities across the UK, with the first opening in 2018.

Each NoCo site will have between 150 and 200 rooms, with rates under £100. Guests will book and check-in for each hotel using a bespoke app. Guestrooms will be compact yet comfortable, and the eateries will aim to become destinations in their own right, much like at The Hoxton.

Sharan Pasricha, CEO of Ennismore said, “We’ve created NoCo to challenge the status quo of today’s budget brands. Travelling habits and demands have changed; as has the way that people now use hotels.

“Our aim is to raise the bar for affordable hotels and provide business and leisure travellers with a stylish alternative to bland, cookie cutter hotels so often found in cities outside of London,” he added.

Ben Russell, acquisitions director at Ennismore, added, “We have shortlisted several key cities, beginning in the UK, and are looking to work with progressive property partners on leasehold opportunities to roll-out the NoCo brand.

“We believe our exciting plans for the product coupled by our track record with The Hoxton makes Ennismore a strong proposition for local developers looking to build out hospitality assets,” he added.

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Sleeperz to expand Edinburgh hotel with Princes Street Wing

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Sleeperz Hotels, the innovative UK budget hotel operator, is expanding its sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh with a new Princes Street wing made up of 43 rooms and suites.

Sleeperz Hotels has been granted planning permission to develop Princes House, a listed building and three storey office block, next door to its current 72-bed Cityroomz hotel on Shandwick Place near Princes Street in Edinburgh’s West End. The development is being carried out in partnership with Town Centre Securities PLC, a leading UK property and investment company.

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The new rooms should be open by June 2017 and will increase occupancy to 115 rooms including new double, twin and family rooms as well as ten suites with kitchenettes and living space. David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “Our brand of low cost high quality hotel stays has proven a winning formula nationally and we are confident that demand for stylish but affordable rooms in Edinburgh will keep growing.”

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Colin Steele, associate director at Caledonia Management Ltd, acting for Town Centre Securities, said: ‘This development is great news for Princes House and the West End of Edinburgh. The area is the cultural heart of Edinburgh, with its World Heritage Site, theatres, arts venues and stunning architecture.
Cityroomz increased bed-stock is a welcome boost and provides affordable accommodation for tourists staying in this vibrant area.”

Ideally placed between Waverley and Haymarket stations and close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Sleeperz is confident the changes will attract business guests wanting longer stays in a suite environment and increase bookings from families and groups.

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There will be ten new Cityroomz suitez featuring kitchenettes, en-suite bathrooms, dining space, living area, sofas, Freeview flat screen TV’s, bespoke custom made mattresses, laptop safes and tea and coffee facilities.

Glasgow architects Maith Design have been engaged to transform the space and deliver the ambitious expansion plans.

The Expansion
• 23 double rooms
• 6 Family rooms
• 10 suites (including kitchen, dining area, sofas and living space)
• 2 Cabin (Bunk) Twin rooms
• 1 accessible family room
• 2 accessible double rooms

Cityroomz Edinburgh opened in May 2013 with 72 rooms and a rooms-based limited service philosophy. Its location, next to Princes Street and within easy walking distance of The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, has made it a popular choice for city breakers and travellers on a budget. Guests enjoy stylish interior design, custom made pocket-sprung beds, free and fast Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast is available daily.

Occupancy at Cityroomz Edinburgh has consistently been above 85% with market leading RevPar performance (source STR). This investment in the Scottish capital follows an agreement for Sleeperz Hotels to open a new 120-bed hotel above Dundee Railway Station in 2017. Construction work started earlier this year.

Sleeperz are currently in discussions about further hotels in Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow.

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam

Hilton continues expansion with new Hampton by Hilton in Amsterdam

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Hilton Worldwide’s Hampton by Hilton brand, the global mid-priced hotel that serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers around the world, today announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East. The property, offering 75 guestrooms, is managed by WIN Hotels and joins the Hampton by Hilton family of more than 2,100 Hampton by Hilton, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels worldwide, and joins a further seven Hilton Worldwide properties in Amsterdam.

Located 15 miles from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East is in the perfect location to explore this adventurous city. The NL Times recently reported that Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe and is expected to remain as one, as the Netherlands’ tourism numbers continue to grow.

Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton by Hilton brand management, Hilton Worldwide said, “We are excited to introduce our second Hampton by Hilton property to this famous city as Hilton Worldwide continues to demonstrate strong growth in the region. Amsterdam has so much to offer including museums, festivals and historical architecture. We look forward to providing our guests with all of our signature services and amenities they will need for a relaxing stay in the city.”

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East provides guests with the brand’s signature hot breakfast included with all rates, a complimentary fitness room open 24 hours a day, a 24-hour convenience hub with a selection of snacks and drinks, all backed by Hampton by Hilton’s Satisfaction Guarantee. Guest rooms also include a 40-inch HDTV and large work station.

“We are delighted to welcome guests to our new hotel,” said Benny Luitjens, general manager. “Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East is based in a beautifully vibrant city that holds a rich culture and history and is the perfect base for families wanting to explore the city. Guests can take a stroll round the 165 canals and dive into art in the many world class museums. Also close by to the hotel is the Artis Zoo and NEMO science center, both perfect for family days out.”

Hampton by Hilton team members proudly exhibit a unique culture described as Hamptonality. The term describes each hotel’s approach to friendly customer service, anticipation of guests’ needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts and fun things to do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and artwork, highlighting each property’s connection and support to its own community.

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Centre East participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel loyalty programme that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. HHonors members always get the lowest price, along with HHonors Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.

Chicago Hotel

New affordable boutique hotel concept launches in Chicago

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Hotel Chicago presents the West Loop/Illinois Medical District with a new lodging option destined to shake up Chicago’s boutique hotel market. Now open, the 117-room independent marks the entry into the hotel business by financier Joe Perillo, owner of Perillo Auto Group – a name synonymous with quality in Chicago for four decades.

Joining Mr. Perillo to manage and operate the property is Helmut Horn, President of Portfolio Hotels & Resorts and a pioneer in the boutique hotel industry. Located at 1622 W. Jackson, the renovated historic building is conveniently situated in between the Illinois Medical District and red hot Randolph Street dining corridor.

Void of heavy competition in the vicinity, Hotel Chicago provides a needed overnight option for hospital visitors, students, or savvy travellers looking for a “launch pad” to enjoy a night on the town.

“When we began this project over three years ago, our intention was to create a cross-generational home away from home for families with loved ones nearby at the hospital,” said Mr. Perillo, who’s luxury dealerships include lines like Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Maserati and BMW. “Since then, the growth of the West Loop has caused us to slightly adjust our strategy. We ended up fashioning a European boutique hotel, with all the amenities of an extended stay mini apartment, in order to appeal to savvy travellers.”

A unique and simplistic design mixed with comfort, convenience and value are the pillars in which Hotel Chicago stands upon. The property features a multitude of rooms to fit every guest, whether they’re here for a week in the doctor’s office or some fun in the city.

Room types include a single full, a bunk double twin, and a king deluxe, with amenities like: luxurious pillow top memory foam mattress, personal Keurig, refrigerator, microwave, LCD TV with cable, ample closet space and cabinetry, sizable work area, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness center, complimentary coffee, in-room safe, on-site washing machines, and a private parking lot with a local garage.

Louvre Hotels to open properties in Middle East and Africa

Louvre Hotels Group opening 40 economy hotels in MENA region

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Louvre Hotels Group has strengthened its position in the Middle East and North Africa by announcing the opening of 40 economy hotels over the next five years.

A seasoned player in the Middle East region with 60 hotels and over 8,000 rooms, Louvre Hotels Group brings its experience into play to meet the market dynamic. With the support of its shareholder Jin Jiang International, the hotel group continues its development strategy on the low-end and mid-range segments by privileging its Première Classe and Campanile brands, operating a network of over 650 hotels worldwide. The Group’s next step is to open 40 new hotels in the region within the next 5 years.

Since it was launched in 1989, Première Classe has renewed the super-budget hotel sector by adopting a veritable strategy combining low-cost and comfort. The brand delivers the promise of a unique experience: essential comfort, all-you-can-eat breakfast and modern and functional rooms with WiFi access. Today, Première Classe counts 264 hotels in 6 countries.

Campanile, the historic French brand founded in 1976, counts 375 hotels in 8 European countries and is the fourth largest restaurant network in France. To create the right design match for its brand image, authentic and welcoming, the brand called on French designer Patrick Jouin, while Michelin-starred chef Philippe Renard worked on its restaurant menu. 2016 will be an important year in Campanile’s globalisation strategy; in addition to moving into the Middle East, it will open its first hotel in Shanghai, China in the summer this year.

“By developing Première Classe and Campanile on the Middle East and North African markets where our 4- and 5-star brands are already established, we are meeting a real local need for economy hotels by offering clients uncompromising service quality,” explains Pierre-Frédéric Roulot, President and CEO of Louvre Hotels Group.

The first Première Classe hotel will open its doors in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2018, while the first Campanile hotel locations will be announced in the coming months. These new opportunities dovetail into the Group’s international development strategy, while meeting needs identified by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

According to the UNWTO, the number of international tourists in the Middle East grew by 3% in 2015 to reach a total of 54 million, consolidating a recovery begun in 2014.