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HOTEL OPENING: Lincoln Plaza London’s design inspired by London Docklands

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By taking note of the exciting and vibrant spirit of the London Docklands area, RPW Design was the design firm that sensitively designed the 129-key Lincoln Plaza London… 

Based in the heart of Canary Wharf, RPW Design has announced the opening of its most recent project, Lincoln Plaza London. Conveying its location into the hotel, the experienced RPW Design team, led by Nicola Romanelli and Richard Snow, has maintained a unique and luxurious experience through the guestrooms, function and meeting spaces while staying true to the location. RPW Design took Canary Wharf as a treasure trove of inspiration; from the historic shipping and dockland past to the present day, high tech, modern, business, luxury residential living and extraordinary architecture.

When approaching the design for a property in such a vibrant area of the city, RPW Design was inspired by a quote from the design brief for the new Hilton Curio Brand: “Hotels with a special character you can’t duplicate. They’re part of the fabric of their cities: true locals, each embodying the spirit of their home”.

For Richard Snow, Senior Designer at RPW Design, this quote really stood out and inspired the design story for Lincoln Plaza London. “We drew on the rich industrial past of the area using rusty tones and finishes alongside the design of joinery and FF&E pieces with exposed metal framework,” he told Hotel Designs. “At the same time, conscious of the hotel brand and surrounding residential developments, we included quality finishes such as natural stone in the bathrooms and on joinery, as well as statement pieces like the rusty/burnished gold wall covering to the bed head wall.”

Image credit: Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

Lincoln Plaza London’s focus on luxurious lifestyle facilities has been seamlessly translated throughout the 129 guest rooms. The layout of the rooms was creatively developed to move away from the standard hotel offering by incorporating the vanity into the main lobby area of the room, creating a sense of space and openness in the room. A decision to remove the traditional hotel room desk was made, and instead RPW designed a multi-use table at the right height for either a work space or dining table whilst seated at the armchair. These changes allow a more residential feel. From the bespoke shelving units made of blackened steel and antique brass, through to the marble rainfall showers, all elements work together harmoniously. The guestroom artwork was carefully curated in collaboration with RPW Design’s Art Consultant, Peter Millard and Partners, in order to show some of the East End’s most famous and unique artists: Gary Hogben; Julian Bray; Kyra Cane; and Tom Clark. Meanwhile, individual sculptural pieces by Simon Bingle, positioned in every floor lift lobby, hark back to the industrial landscape still visible around the hotel. This particular bespoke artwork conveys RPW Design’s attention to details that is inherent in their projects.

Canary Wharf is a more recent business hub for London, and the Hilton Curio offers 465 square metres of event space that is distributed across seven meeting rooms.  With sleek design details, RPW Design implemented a blend of “old industrial” and contemporary design. RPW Design has created a popular new space in this centre of commerce and it is a truly unique destination for the Docklands.

Image credit: Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

The reflection of the historical and industrial shipping dock is continued throughout the hotel, from the lower-ground meeting and function spaces to the fitness centre. Lincoln Plaza’s fitness centre is designed to be simple and modern, reflecting the location’s industrial heritage with a concrete reception desk formed out of concrete and rusty metal effect laminate in the joinery.

Lincoln Plaza’s meeting areas can be reached by a feature staircase that is formed of shuttered concrete, poured in situ, with an exposed timber imprint remaining on view, contrasted by a polished concrete floor. The rough concrete is offset by a luxurious brushed brass handrail and stair treads, with concealed lighting to add drama. This is diffused into the pre-function space, with a concrete render-effect wall covering and rich, dark timber doors.

Image credit: Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

The function areas are versatile spaces that may be configured dependent on the client’s needs and meeting planners’ specifications. The large function room can be divided into thirds when required and the buffet counters housing TV and tea/coffee facilities in the individual meeting rooms can also be concealed, thus enabling various uses from one space. A central area with a communal work table, features iconic pieces of furniture from Poltrona Frau, Walter Knoll and Porada. The cranes, such a familiar sight in the Docklands, are reflected in the pattern of two large metal work screens, dividing the pre-function area. The walls of the function rooms are designed with contrasting finishes, featuring geometric patterned wallpaper and bespoke lighting, continuing the theme.

Andrew Hart, Chairman of interior fit-out contractor Fileturn, commented: “This project was one which used all the skills of the team on site to incorporate the new designs within the existing structural shell. The fit-out areas designed by RPW included public areas, conference and meeting room facilities as well as bedrooms. The end results have produced a striking hotel in keeping with its surroundings and one the team here at Fileturn can deservedly be proud of”.

RPW Design worked alongside Fileturn to make the design become a reality, creating the perfect addition to the Curio Collection by Hilton.

Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

MEET UP LONDON: 3 weeks to go

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Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers: Meet Up London takes place on March 28 at Minotti London… 

Designers, architects and hoteliers can purchase tickets here.
Suppliers can purchase tickets here.

There are just three weeks to go until the industry will gather together for Hotel Designs’ Q1 networking event, Meet Up London.

Taking place on March 28 at Minotti London, the evening event is designed to bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

Meet Up London will be attended by more than 200 hospitality professionals. As well as providing the perfect networking stage for professionals who are working on the hotel design scene, the event will also pay special attention to young designers as it will unveil Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 (the shortlist can be accessed here).

The latest names to the guest list include designers, directors and 30 Under 30 shortlisted finalists from the likes of B3 Designers, Yasmine Mahmoudieh Design Studio, Scott Brownrigg and M Studio.

They will join designers and directors from leading studios such as Richmond InternationalHBA LondonGenslerJestico + WhilesGoddard LittlefairProject Orange and WATG who are among the names that are also confirmed to attend.

Agenda for Meet Up London: 

 

How to attend Meet Up London 

If you are an interior designer, architect, operator or hotelier and would like to attend Meet Up London, click here to book your place.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

Sustainable design transforms London boutique hotel

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Each guestroom of the newly renovated Fuller’s Fox & Goose has been consciously designed to allow for the highest degree of sustainable and ethical sourcing…

Interior architects Sibley Grove has completed work on a collection of hotel guestrooms for the brewery, Fuller, Smith & Turner at The Fox & Goose business hotel in Ealing, London.

All products and materials used in the project have been assessed on five fundamental principles: aesthetic quality, build quality, value, environmental impact and social impact. The bespoke joinery has been designed for disassembly making it easier to reuse the materials in the future. Meanwhile, the upholstery and dressing items have been created using fabric with recycled content from mills in the UK or mainland Europe. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products have been used throughout, including suspended ceilings from Armstrong, Tiles from Mosa and carpets from Ege Carpets.

Sibley Grove strongly believes that design should be a vehicle for positive change – both environmentally and socially. “A chair that looks great, is affordable and well made, but achieves this through being manufactured in a factory with poor employment rights and a lack of safety equipment is a failed product,” says Sibley Grove director, Jeremy Grove. “Likewise, a product from a great factory using sustainable materials that is poorly made and overpriced is an equally failed product.”

“We’re making a continuous effort to tackle some of the issues that are rife in the design industry.

“In today’s world, regardless of budget, it’s unacceptable to knowingly create stuff that is harmful to the environment or reliant on an exploited labour market. Cradle to Cradle is a great system for designers to measure and manage the impact of the products they specify as it takes into consideration material health, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness.”

Image credit: Sibley Grove

Key materials used in the project:

Major suppliers include Castlebrook (furniture), Mosa, Ege, Hansgrohe, Armstrong and recommended supplier Chelsom Lighting.

Reading lighting on side of headboard

Image caption: Chelsom Lighting were used as a sustainable lighting product for the project

The project uses materials, fixtures and fittings that are considerate of the environmental and social impact, with no additional cost to the client. The guestrooms are light, bright and open space with contemporary detailing. In addition, the space is functional and practical, perfect for business customers.

 

Sibley Grove is an interior design studio founded by Kate Sibley and Jeremy Grove, based in Totnes, Devon. The company has a deliberately open and collaborative approach to design, bringing together local suppliers with global companies and clients who share our commitment and ambition to design things better.

 

FIRST LOOK: Apex unveils Insta-worthy London suite

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Apex Hotels has unveiled the Temple Suite in London that has been designed with Instagram in mind… 

Following the Hotel Designs’ series, Designing Instagrammable, Apex Hotels has revealed a sneak peek at the fabulous, ‘Instagrammable’ interiors that lie within the £6 million extension to its hotel on London’s Fleet Street.

The Temple Suite is considered the jewel in the crown of the multi-million pound extension, which also boasts four deluxe Grand Suites. Each one is perfect for those looking for a new type of luxury in the capital, and those who want to witness #interiordesigngoals first-hand.

While the Grand Suites are already available to book, the outstanding Temple Suite has been kept under wraps – but now the first images have been released, showing exactly what potential guests can expect when the space opens for booking on March 3.

It includes original fireplaces, bespoke furnishings in rich jewel tones, luxury linens and a bathroom (complete with underfloor heating) that’s just begging for mirror-selfies to be snapped.

Image credit: Apex Hotel

Set within a Grade II listed building on the capital’s Fleet Street, dating back to 1912, the Temple and Grande Suites sit alongside ‘The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas’ – a brand new stylish, decadent wine bar – and private dining rooms to really give guests a taste of the ‘suite’ life.

Guests can cosy up in the coolest of surroundings in the Temple Suite, which features a sophisticated grey colour palette that is injected with warmth thanks to the original parquet flooring and wall panelling.

There’s a chance to relax on Scandi-inspired, bold furniture upholstered in rich velvets and textured wools, whilst snapping away at contemporary features including striking pendant lighting, and the intricately detailed glassware and accessories dotted throughout.

Image credit: Apex Hotels

Before languishing in luxury with access to a personal concierge service, guests can be whisked straight into their suite for a private, queue-free check-in before settling in with a welcome drink, testing out the luxury linens and making the most of the sumptuous surroundings – including a totally personalised mini-bar.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to reveal the striking Temple Suite which, along with our Grand Suites, has come as a result of a meticulous, multi-million pound restoration and refurbishment of the stunning Grade II listed building situated right next door to our original Fleet Street hotel,” Karl Mitchell, General Manager at Apex Temple Court Hotel. “Not only are each of the suites entirely Instagram-worthy, with beautiful furnishings and facilities masterminded by our architects, ISA; each and every guest who stays within the suites will enjoy a totally bespoke stay – from a private check-in and access to a personal concierge, to a mini-bar stocked with their favourite tipples and much more. No two stays will be the same.

“Just imagine lazing in front of the fire with your favourite drink from the personalised mini bar…it’s just one of the blissful ways our guests can spend a stay at our magnificent suites.”

Guests looking for a new type of luxury in London can now book to stay at the 115 square metres of pure, opulent relaxation that is the stand-alone Temple Suite – or at one of the four Grande Suites.

 

Morgan makes a colourful splash

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New commissions from Morgan Furniture showcase appetite for bold and bright colours ahead of SS19…

With the 1970’s vibe in full swing, designers are looking to colours and patterns that arouse and inspire the imagination. Morgan, contract furniture and manufacture, shares two recent commissions that perfectly encapsulate the current taste for vivid, post-Scandinavian palettes.

A family of Chevy dining and meeting chairs brings the seventies into the 21st century with rich gemstone colours. While the collection itself owes its inspiration to the styling and elegance of an earlier era, its timeless silhouette can adapt to any aesthetic sensibility and contract environment. Turned timber legs and a fully wrapped seat detail combine to create a picture of comfort and simplicity.

The Chevy collection brings together five chairs and seven modish coffee tables, available in three heights.

Image caption: Chevy by Morgan Furniture

A pattern reminiscent of the 1980’s Memphis Group’s abstract geometry and Keith Haring’s pop stylings gives these Goodwood lounge chairs punch. Here the collection piece uses upholstery to showcase the graphic motif from fabric designer GP & J Baker.

With customisable arms and an optional high or low back, the Goodwood range invites guests to sit back and relax. The collection has ten chairs and four tables, available in two heights, three top sizes and a choice of glass, timber or marble inset.

Commenting on the two collections, Morgan’s Design Director Katerina Zachariades said: “When we’re developing the concept for a chair design, we look for inspiration in fashion, nature and architecture. This encourages us to use shapes that are enduring, as opposed to transient styling.

“All Morgan furniture is made to order for clients. Upholstery choices help designers’ visions to be brought to life while scale and base options allow for the chair design to be suitable for a variety of uses.”

Morgan is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Image caption: Goodwood range by Morgan Furniture

 

London School of Architecture confirmed as headline speaker for Meet Up London

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James Soane, Director of Critical Practice at the London School of Architecture, will speak at Meet Up London which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London…

Meet Up London has confirmed James Soane, Director of Critical Practice at the London School of Architecture, as its headline speaker for the networking event which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London’s showroom.

In addition to welcoming leading designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers of all ages, Meet Up London will also carry a light theme to support young creatives. Attending the evening, courtesy of Hotel Designs, the 40 shortlisted finalists for Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 initiative will find out on the night who among them have made the final 30 Under 30.

“Our aim for this event has always been very clear; to support young designers and architects who are proving themselves to be rising stars on the international hotel design scene,”  said Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs. “It is therefore my honour to invite James Soane to speak at the event in order to share his experience of working with and supporting young talent within in our industry. We hope that by having James speak at this event it will help to further bridge the age gap between designers, hoteliers, architects and suppliers.”

About Meet Up London

More than 200 hospitality professionals are expected to attend Hotel Designs’ highly anticipated Q1 networking event, Meet Up London.

Following the success of previous networking events, such as The Brit list 2018 and Meet Up North, Hotel Designs’ Meet Up London will adopt the theme of 30 under 30. The leading hotel design website has asked its readers to nominate designers, architects and hoteliers of the age of 30 and under who are fast climbing the ranks to become leading practitioners.

Meet Up London, which is being styled exclusively by Minotti London, will provide a unique opportunity to network over drinks and canapés with the largest names in hospitality, interior design and architecture.

Address: 77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY

Evening agenda:
18.00: Guests arrive
18.30: Welcoming speech from editor of Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn
18.45: Unveiling of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30
19:00: Presentation by London School of Architecture’s James Soane (topic TBC)
19:15 – 21.00: Networking over complimentary drinks and canapés

If you are an interior designer, architect, operator or hotelier and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to book your place.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

 

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

 

 

 

Top stories of the week: futuristic hotel reviews, amazing architecture and rounding up MAISON&OBJET

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In the same week that the Surface Design Show opened in London and Dubai welcomes a new stylish neighbour (W Dubai – The Palm), Hotel Designs asked the former presenter of The Gadget Show, Jason Bradbury, to review a hotel 30 years in the future. Here are the top five stories of the week, as selected by editor Hamish Kilburn… 

This week, we published a story announcing yet another Hotel Designs’ traffic record. With January 2019’s readership peaking at more than 67,000 readers, the website has never been more popular internationally among designers, architects, hoteliers and industry suppliers. For that reason, this week has felt like a mini milestone on the editorial desk. Adding to that warm and fuzzy feeling, is our exclusive hotel review with Jason Bradbury, the former presenter of The Gadget Show. Equipped with a camera and the latest technology products, Bradbury spent the night in Eccleston Square Hotel in London future-gazing, as he reviewed the hotel in a unique format – 30 years in the future. Following on from MAISON&OBJET last month, the Surface Design Show, of which we are a media partner for, opened its doors at the Business Design Centre to a flood of new and exciting surface companies exhibiting its latest products. Ahead of that review going live, here are what I consider to be the top five stories of the week.

1) Jason Bradbury reviews Eccleston Square Hotel, London

Image credit: Eccleston Square Hotel/Twitter: @JasonBradbury

Healing heating, holographic entertainment and a toilet that tells you your food printer what snacks to make, technology expert and futurist Jason Bradbury spent a night future gazing in the technologically enhanced 19th Century luxury of Eccleston Square Hotel, London.

> Click here to read the full review

2) Editor’s round-up of MAISON&OBJET Paris and Deco Off 2019

Exhibition hall

Image credit: MAISON&OBJET

The streets of Paris at any time of the year ooze chic style, sophistication and a certain ‘je-ne sais quoi’. During January, though, it is a bustling haven for designers seeking inspiration on emerging trends, new pieces and exhaustive conversations. Between both Deco Off, which in my eyes is Paris’ answer to Clerkenwell Design Week, and MAISON&OBJET, an ocean of exciting products displayed from a plethora of exhibitors, Paris in January is quite simply unlike anywhere else on the design globe.

> Click here to read the round-up

3) W Hotels arrives on The Palm, Dubai

Image credit: W Hotels Worldwide

“The desert just got hotter,” is how W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., announced the opening of W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world and one of Dubai’s most iconic attractions.

> Click here to read the story

4) Deadline for 30 Under 30 applications announced

With less than two weeks before the deadline, time is running out for interior designers, architects and hoteliers to submit their entries for the 30 Under 30 list that will be unveiled at Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

> Click here to apply/nominate

5) 5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

Birdseye render of the site

Image credit: Foster + Partners

To kickstart our month shining the spotlight on architecture and construction, Hotel Designs highlights five groundbreaking projects that are currently in planning.

> Click here to read the story

Main image credit/caption: Torno Subito at W Dubai – The Palm

Hotel Designs closes January with online traffic record

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The leading international hotel design website closes January with a record-breaking 67, 792 readers…. 

By exploring hotel openings and spas as its Spotlight On features during January, Hotel Designs has smashed its online monthly traffic record, which was previously hit in November, by amassing more than 67,000 readers to the website.

Hotel Designs, which last year attracted more than half a million readers, engaged readers with the following most-read stories during January:

Spotlight On: Major hotel openings for Q1 & Q2 2019
Inside the world’s first hotel room that determines room rate based on social media addiction
Nobu Hotels to arrive in Warsaw
In Conversation with Yasmine Mahmoudieh
Hotels at New Heights

“This is a fantastic start to 2019,” said publisher Katy Phillips. “I am absolutely thrilled that, yet again, I am being asked to comment on Hotel Designs smashing another online traffic record. As well as showing that our editorial team have their finger on the pulse when it comes to covering hot topics in our industry, this is a clear indication that this market is engaging positively with the content we publish.

“One area that Hotel Designs has always been strong in is having a face-to-face relationship with our audience. We are therefore looking forward to our next networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 on March 28, which are aim will be to bridge the age gap in international hotel design.”

The news comes as the website steers its Spotlight On features to cover Surfaces and Architecture and Construction, two widely debated topics within international hotel design.

Click here to read editor Hamish Kilburn’s ‘Editor Checks In’ where he spends some time reflecting on January as a time when two worlds seamlessly collide.

 

Top 5 stories of the week: Lighting the mood, surface trends and Meet Up developments

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Concluding January and looking ahead to the future of lighting, surfaces and hotel development, Hamish Kilburn writes the top five stories of the week…

As January turns to February, there is much anticipation in the air around developing trends. The must-watch lists of hues, textures and materials that landed in my inbox on January 1 have filtered subtly into the designs of new hotel spaces. Designers working outside the box establish how they can create a timeless statement scan the floors of the trade shows. The next in the calendar is the Surface Design Show in London (February 5 – 7). Ahead of the show, this week we took a closer look at the trends on the walls, floors and ceilings. Closer to home, Hotel Designs had some developments of its own to announce. Here are the top five stories of the week.

1) 6 trends to look out for at Surface Design Show 2019

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Image credit: SIBU

Taking place next week in London’s Business Design Centre, Surface Design Show will showcase the latest products and technology in surface design. Ahead of the event, as Hotel Designs is a media partner of #SDS19, here are top surface trends to be mindful of.

> Read more about the trends here

2) Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 Announces Early Bird Tickets

Until February 7, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will be able to purchase early bird tickets for Hotel Designs‘ highly anticipated Q1 networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

> To book your tickets, click here

3) One-third of consumers believe lighting helps to eliminate January Blues

A study has revealed that one in three people believe that lighting is important to creating a relaxed and calm atmosphere before bed.

As the January blues well and truly set in for some, new research has revealed how lighting can have direct impact on mood and wellbeing in the hotel environment.

> To read more about the study, click here

4) SUSD gains planning consent for hotel and members club on the River Thames

render of the exterior of a manor-like building

Image credit: SUSD

SUSD, the developer behind two of London’s most successful hybrid destinations, The Curtain Hotel & Members Club and Devonshire Club, has just won planning consent, subject to finalising the S106 Agreement, for a third development, this time on the banks of the Thames near Pangbourne, Berkshire.

> To read more about the plans, click here

5) Editor Checks In: January ’19

To round up January – and to help understand the crossroads many designers are at – it felt appropriate to use the metaphor of two worlds colliding. I am, of course, referring to the opportunities that result from authentic collaborations.

> To read my editor’s letter, click here

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Hamilton litestat confirmed exclusive headline partner for Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

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Hotel Designs has confirmed that Hamilton Litestat will be the exclusive headline partner at Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, which takes place at the showroom of Minotti London on March 28…

Hotel Designs has confirmed that Recommended Supplier Hamilton Litestat has become the exclusive headline partner of Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

The event, which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London’s showroom, is expected to bridge the age gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers by putting the spotlight on supporting young, emerging talent. 30 of the industry’s most inspirational practitioners will be invited with complements of Hotel Designs to attend the networking event.

“Hamilton Litestat is a keen supporter of young, up-and-coming talent and we’re delighted to be working with Hotel Designs to support talent rising through the ranks in interior design, architecture and the hotel industry,” said Gavin Williams, Head of Marketing, Hamilton Litestat. “As an Industry Partner of the British Institute of Interior Design, we’re keen to develop lasting relationships with those that understand the importance of getting the finishing touches of an interiors project just right.

“We hope to build awareness through our partnership with the 30 under 30 Meet Up events and foster long-term collaborations with the next generation of talented industry leaders.” – Gavin Williams, Head of Marketing, Hamilton Litestat

“Through both functionality and aesthetics, quality decorative wiring accessories and lighting control can achieve this. We hope to build awareness through our partnership with the 30 under 30 Meet Up events and foster long-term collaborations with the next generation of talented industry leaders.”

Suitable for all hotels, Hamilton Litestat produces smart lighting controls and multi-room audio systems designed to enhance the hotel guest experience.

Early bird ticket prices for Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

Suppliers: £99 + VAT (£150 + VAT after early bird offer expires after February 7)
Designers, hoteliers and architects: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after early bird offer expires after February 7)

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Venue:
Minotti Showroom,
77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY

Date: March 28, 2019

How to apply for the 30 Under 30 list

If you are/or know of a deserving designer, architect or hotelier who is 30 years old or younger, please send in your application/nomination to: h.kilburn@forumevents.co.uk with the following:

  • 200-400 word bio, which acknowledges achievements to date and why you/he/she deserves to be recognised
  • Name of company you/he/she currently works for
  • Profile image

The final 30 will be confirmed to attend the event with Hotel Designs‘ compliments and the winners will be notified in due course ahead of the networking evening.

How to attend Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

If you are an interior designer or architect and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to confirm your attendance.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

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A new boutique-lodge hotel’s Asian nod in Cumbria

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The Black Bull is a family owned boutique hotel in Cumbria in the Yorkshire Dales with a Japanese twist. Talk about an unmatched hotel concept…

Hospitality runs through the blood of James Ratcliffe and Nina Matsunaga who as well as owning The Black Bull in addition to the successful Three Hares in Sedbergh. The property has been renovated with the task to build on the inn’s storied history and connection to the local landscapes by using local materials and crafts to create a hotel, a restaurant and a bar. Somewhat of a USP for the hotel competing with others in the Dales, Nina’s Japanese background was an integral component of the project. As a result, Patrick Thomas, the founder of Up North Architects, used the five elements, clean lines and neutral tones to link everything back to Japan’s strong design and culture.

modern stylish room

The hotel has 18 elegant guestrooms, none of which are the same in regards to their size sizes and their décor, each named after a local fell. The luxe bathrooms come complete with large rain showers, large standalone baths and even Japanese tubs as well as bespoke furniture using local materials, hand-woven blankets made with Howgill Fells wool.

The restaurant has been designed so that guests can find a cosy and warm environment thanks to the wooden panels created with the reclaimed wooden floors from the old bedrooms, the stunning landscapes pictures by Rob Withrow and a great triptych hand screen printed mirror by Phil Constable. Japanese elements also appear with the use of slate and suspended plants.


The Black Bull’s bar is the appropriate social hub. The actual bar is bespoke and sits at the entrance to welcome guests. A warm stylish bar with fireplaces, cosy booth sitting with comfortable red leather seats is the perfect setting for locals and guests alike to enjoy pints of local craft beers from the Cumbrian Fells’ brewery or wines from the hand selected list made by James and eat simple and hearty dishes such as pork scratchings or Venison with chocolate pie with red cabbage and chips.

All image credits: Rob Whitrow

Modern hotel in a timeless shell, Heythorp Park Hotel completes refurbishment

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The grade II listed country estate, Heythrop Park Hotel, completes refurbishment to 48 guestrooms balancing a timeless look with clever injection of bespoke furniture…

Curtis Furniture has recently completed a refurbishment of 49 guestrooms at the four-star Heythrop Park hotel in Oxfordshire. Operating in a 17th century grade II listed country estate, the newly renovated hotel now adorns a modern look and feel while remaining sensitive to its heritage.

Light and airy guestroom

The age of the building provided a challenge for the furniture specialists as the bedrooms were small and ergonomically difficult. The tired guestrooms required refurbishment whilst complying to an exact specification and budget.

The Brief

The clients specified that the rooms had to meet the high standard of the estate whilst complementing the ambiance of the location. The refurbishment was approached firstly by listening to the client’s needs, then establishing a strategy and finally a solution which would deliver the required results on time, whilst remaining within the given budget.

The Solution

Curtis provided various pieces of bespoke furniture which were used to solve the problem of the smaller sized rooms. Pale colours were used to make the rooms appear larger, floating bedsides provided more floor space, curved desks saved space whilst providing a functioning workspace and mirrored wardrobes which had sliding doors were used to prevent pinch points. The project took 8 weeks from the first site visit to delivery.

The client’s problem was solved, and the Heythrop Park team were proud to open their doors and a new chapter for the property as well as the hotel it shelters.

Curtis Furniture are one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

 

 

1950s-style boutique hotel slated to open in former Coventry Telegraph offices

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The new Telegraph Hotel, which will be operated by Bespoke Hotels, will retain much of its original features…

Bespoke Hotels, which manages 9,500 hotel rooms in 21 countries from Australia to America, has reached an agreement with Developers Complex Development Projects (CDP) to operate a 1950s-style boutique hotel at the former Coventry Telegraph offices.

Construction is planned to commence at the end of the year on creating 100 guestrooms, a ground floor restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, penthouse suites and a rooftop bar after planning approval was granted by Coventry City Council on July 16. Final approval from the Council is awaited for long lease extensions necessary to deliver the project.

The original features of the building, which include the panelled Board Room and Lord Iliffe’s apartment, will be retained as unique features of the building’s former life. Around 130 jobs will be created when the hotel opens which is scheduled to be ahead of Coventry being UK City of Culture in 2021.

The project is unique and we needed an operator that embraced our vision for something that will be truly Coventry

“This is an iconic building charged with much recent history of the City of Coventry with a really strong tone of voice from which we hope to deliver a rich narrative with nods to the 1950s heyday of the building and a cool contemporary twist,” said Chairman of Bespoke Hotels, Robin Sheppard, who founded the business with Haydn Fentum. “This will be a destination hotel with tons of character and a cheeky smile.”

A perfect example of this is Hotel Gotham which is a five-star hotel that was named World’s Best New Hotel and Coolest Boutique Hotel following its opening in 2015 because of its attention to detail ranging from its art deco design to providing a luxury chauffeur service.

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“The project is unique and we needed an operator that embraced our vision for something that will be truly Coventry,” said Ian Harrabin, Managing Director of CDP. “We took advice from national hotel experts and Bespoke was our first choice of partner. We have been working with them for the past six months on the detail of the project and are happy that they share our enthusiasm for Coventry and recognise the opportunity of this unique building. We want to create a style of hotel that is not offered anywhere else in the area – a style that is truly bespoke. Their experienced team bring out the heart and soul of hotels with their professionalism, experience, flair and individuality.”

Partnered with CDP’s track record of delivering creative developments that break the conventional mould such as FarGo Village and Electric Wharf, the new Telegraph Hotel is siad to be be unlike any other.

Harrabin continues: “We want to give the city an hotel that Coventry can be proud of and provide a focus for the City of Culture status that has been bestowed for 2021. We have been delighted to have received such strong support from all local stakeholders, not least within the council and are determined to create something special with our chosen award-winning hotel operators.”

The project is supported by West Midlands Combined Authority through the Collective Investment Fund managed by Finance Birmingham. Designers and Architects that will be working on the project are yet to be confirmed.

Holiday Inn Stonehenge

BGAM acquires Holiday Inn, Stonehenge for £12.5million

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Bowling Green Asset Management (BGAM) is announcing its second branded hotel acquisition of 2017, a luxury 103-room Holiday Inn, located close to Salisbury and Stonehenge, for £12.5 million, reflecting a net initial yield of 9.25%.

The property has been sold by Colliers International’s Hotels Agency team on behalf of the off-shore based Fiesta Enterprises Limited. It is located situated six miles from the Stonehenge UNESCO world heritage site and benefits from newly refurbished accommodation and the acclaimed onsite Solstice Bar and Grill. BGAM will be looking at various asset management opportunities on site, whilst continuing the good work of the previous owner.

BGAM will also be keeping the current senior management team, as well as all existing employees.

Bowling Green Asset Management (BGAM) is announcing its second branded hotel acquisition of 2017, a luxury 103-room Holiday Inn, located close to Salisbury and StonehengeBGAM directors (Jamie Levy & Nicholas Rubin) said: “This hotel has been a target of ours for some time, so we are pleased to complete the purchase. The hotel has been run on a sound footing previously and we have no intention of upsetting the applecart. Many of the staff have been with the hotel for a number of years and we hope they remain with us for the foreseeable future. We will be looking to expand the hotel offerings, along with continuing the hunt for potential acquisitions”.

The interest expressed follows a pattern of increasing demand for UK provincial hotels, particularly for global branded stock. We are seeing an emerging trend of increased demand for quality provincial hotel opportunities from a diverse buyer set, including international investors, who have been attracted by weaker sterling; and from private buyers, attracted to the benefits of a lifestyle opportunity, to corporate investors attracted to favourable returns and real estate alternatives. Since the beginning of 2016, over 20 per cent of UK hotel sales completed by Colliers were to international buyers.

“This is a great end to the year and we are looking forward to an improving level of hotel transactional activity in 2018”

Work Completes on New hub by Premier Inn Hotel for King’s Cross

Work complete on hub by Premier Inn King’s Cross

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TowerEight, the leading independent project and cost management consultancy, has completed its work as project manager on the latest hub by Premier Inn hotel at London King’s Cross with Axiom Architects.

Whitbread PLC is the UK’s largest hotel operator, behind some of the UK’s most successful and well known hospitality brands. hub by Premier Inn Hotels feature innovatively designed hi tech bedrooms reflecting the needs of modern, dynamic city living.

Work Completes on New hub by Premier Inn Hotel for King’s Crosshub by Premier Inn Kings Cross is a major new build hotel and retail development on York Way in the heart of King’s Cross. The site is adjacent to Regents Canal and Granary Square overlooking the Kings Cross St Pancras transport hub.

Toby Wait, Director at TowerEight, said: “hub is a dynamic hotel brand that is targeting savvy travellers who like the integration of technology into the space but are looking for value.

Work Completes on New hub by Premier Inn Hotel for King’s Cross“The hub strategy has been a great success with six hubs open in London and two in Edinburgh, all focused on customer experience and giving consumers choice in the style of accommodation.

The new scheme includes a 389 bedroom hotel with bar, restaurant and meeting room facilities with 292m2 of retail floor space. Strong articulated volumes in yellow London stock and smooth blue brickwork with expressed industrial steelwork reflect the area’s industrial heritage. A zinc clad penthouse storey enjoys views across North London.

Work Completes on New hub by Premier Inn Hotel for King’s CrossThe tiered building form rises from three to seven storeys, sympathetic to the changing scale of the surrounding streetscape. Recessed shopfronts, and sliding-folding glazing provide active frontages on all sides.

“This is a wonderful project in a part of the capital that has changed radically in a short period of time, and our approach to hub reflects that,” explained Luke Bray at Axiom Architects.

“hub represents a new generation of compact, smart tech, modern city centre hotels. It’s about taking the comfort, convenience and consistency of a Premier Inn hotel and putting it into a smaller package. Through integration of leading technology and extensive research, we have reduced the room size without compromising comfort and promoting a distinct experience and sense of style.”

Internal courtyards faced in glazed white brick drop light into the heart of the building on down to the lower basement levels. Following a 21 month demolition and construction programme the hotel is now open and continues to trade beyond expectation with a restaurant and barbers shop shortly to occupy the retail space.

TowerEight and Axiom are working on a further 9 hub sites that are either currently on site or in planning.

Project Name: hub by Premier Inn, Kings Cross
Sector: Hotel & Retail
Project size: 9681m2 Gross Internal Area
Status: Existing – Completed 20th June 2017
Location: King’s Cross
Owner/Developer: Legal & General / Whitbread PLC
Project Manager: TowerEight
Architect: Axiom Architects
Main Contractor: McAleer & Rushe

Victory House Hotel, London Leicester Square

Opening: Victory House, London Leicester Square

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Victory House, London Leicester Square – MGallery by Sofitel has opened, offering a cosy escape in the heart of the vibrant West End.

Overlooking Leicester Square, the luxury boutique hotel is steps away from London’s iconic red carpet and renowned cinema scene, offering a front row seat to the city’s major film premieres as well as making it the ideal location for spotting celebrities on the red carpet.

Victory House, London Leicester Square boasts 86 stylish and contemporary bedrooms, including nine suites, which are fully soundproofed to create a quiet haven in the buzz of London’s film district. With an unparalleled view over Leicester Square, each room also offers a luxurious and memorable front row view when one of the red carpet’s many film premieres is taking place below.

Designed by renowned architects Michaelis Boyd, the hotel’s interiors reflect the rich cinematic history of the surrounding area. Each room features 1950s film icons with black and white Art Deco interiors and soft teal, grey and beige furnishings. Portraits of the stars of 1950s black and white movie feature in the hotel’s corridors, while silent movies will be projected in the lift and lobby. The hotel also offers the opportunity for guests to film their stay in London, which will be professionally edited to create their own movie.

Located on the ground floor, the hotel features restaurant Petit Bistro which offers French-inspired cuisine using local produce and an extensive list of cocktails.

Victory House Hotel, London Leicester SquareEach MGallery has a unique story to tell and a deep-rooted local history. Victory House’s 19th century terracotta façade is one example of the hotel’s rich heritage and its status as an unwavering icon within the ever-evolving Leicester Square. Designed and built in early French Renaissance style in 1898, by leading theatre designer Walter Emden, Victory House was previously known as Hôtel de l’Europe, with a Parisian brasserie renowned in its heyday as a popular dining spot in the West End.

 

MGallery will expand its collection with captivating new hotels in the coming months including MGallery Doha, Qatar; MGallery Tarcin in Sarajevo and MGallery Istanbul, Turkey.

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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.

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Conrad London St. James named winner at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards

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Conrad London St. James is delighted to announce it has won three accolades at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards. The award ceremony took place in St Moritz, Switzerland on 2nd December, and saw participants from more than 50 countries come together to celebrate the luxury hospitality industry.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognises elite hotels and resorts in over 60 categories on a country, regional, continent and global basis. This year the awards celebrated its 11thanniversary in awarding the world’s finest hotels for their high-end offerings and exceptional service delivery.

Conrad London St. James was announced as the UK winner in the Luxury Contemporary Hotel category and in addition, the hotel was awarded the regional winner in the Luxury City Hotel and Luxury Art Hotel categories for London. All the winners are determined by a public voting system during a six-week process and Conrad London St. James received over 300,000 votes from international travellers.

Beverly Payne, General Manager at Conrad London St. James said: “We’re thrilled to have won several awards at World Luxury Hotel Awards this year. Recognised as the best luxury contemporary hotel in the whole of the UK is a real honour. We are also delighted with our London awards, as we know the competition is always so steep. We often refer to the hotel as a living art gallery so we are particularly happy to receive the award for luxury art hotel, as our collection is something we are very proud of. Similarly to have won the luxury city hotel category, for London, is really exciting as it reflects the work and dedication from the whole team to create a memorable and luxury experience for guests.’

Anton Perold, Managing Director for the World Luxury Hotel Awards said: “We wish to congratulate all our winners for the 2017 award year, who through their tireless efforts and unbounded passion to satisfy their guests needs, have received this honour. True luxury is no small feat, it takes a team of highly dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that no request goes unanswered. This is the definition of luxury, this is what defines a World Luxury Hotel Awards winner.”

With a prime London location on the doorstep of Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Conrad London St James is perfectly placed in the heart of the city and a smart choice for the modern-day traveller. Representing the best of iconic London, the hotel offers sleek interiors, state-of-the-art facilities and legendary hospitality.

www.conradhotels.com

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Construction complete on Hull’s eagerly-awaited £25m hotel development

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Developer Manorcrest Group has announced the completion of the new £25 million DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Ferensway, Hull.

The four-star hotel, which boasts 165 bedrooms, a 1000 sq ft ballroom for events, a Marco Pierre White restaurant and rooftop bar, has had an accelerated constructed period of only 13-months.

Manorcrest Group started the construction of the hotel in October 2016 and set itself an ambitious target of completion within 2017 – while Hull remains the City of Culture.

By investing in off-site manufactured bedroom pods, which were installed by the Manorcrest team, the firm saved time on the construction period. Dean Wann, director at Manorcrest Group said: “We are highly ambitious and proactive developers that use the latest construction methods to deliver the best product; the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull is a great example of this.

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“This was a big project, the biggest we have worked on to date and for the last 13 months we have put our heart and soul into bringing it to life. Myself and my business partner Leigh Hall are so proud that we have now completed a hotel of this scale which looks incredible inside and out.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hull“We have gone above and beyond to ensure the that hotel is the best it could possibly be from the bedroom’s fixtures and fittings right through to roof top bar. It’s a fantastic addition to Hull, not just to its visitors but also the local community who we hope will regularly use the restaurant, bar and events space.”

It’s been a busy year for the developer; as well as the delivery of the new Hull hotel, the team have also been extending the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln.

Other suppliers on the build of the hotel in Hull included Hull-based P&D Engineering, Jamie Millar from Bridlington which delivered specialised concrete flooring, and Hull-based White Star Security which delivered the concrete structure.

The international upper upscale contemporary brand Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has recently re-launched its South Bank Riverbank Hotel

Park Plaza London Riverbank – Elevating meeting & events standards

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The international upper upscale contemporary brand Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has recently re-launched its South Bank London hotel, Park Plaza London Riverbank.

Recently welcoming its first guests through the doors since receiving a multi-million-pound transformation, the hotel now boasts six new floors and 498 rooms, including Executive Rooms and Junior Suites. The contemporary guest rooms offer stunning panoramic views of Battersea Power Station, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye and is the latest addition to London’s changing skyline.

The meeting facilities which include the Ballroom, which can host up to 540 guests for a seated banquet, have also received a transformation with the addition of three new meeting rooms, the City Suites. Providing a versatile option for those requiring meetings and events spaces, these new suites are the ultimate backdrop for any type of occasion.

The interior design team, Digital Space, has created vibrant bedrooms offering a modern feel, while award winning Pan-Asian inspired Chino Latino Restaurant & Bar has undergone a stunning refurbishment, offering panoramic views of the Houses of Parliament on the first floor of the hotel.

Located on the 12th floor, the new Executive Lounge is the perfect space for guests, and is available for exclusive hire for private events and receptions. The Executive Lounge comes with a fully-functioning boardroom showcasing some of the best river and skyline views in London. The Executive Lounge is the picture-perfect place for business customers to catch up on emails whilst enjoying inclusive afternoon tea, cocktails, or canapés.

Rob Flinter, General Manager at Park Plaza London Riverbank, comments: “We are delighted to announce this major transformation and we truly feel the additional six floors add to the wow factor of the hotel. With the addition of 100 new rooms, the improved meetings facilities and the vast refurbished ballroom, Park Plaza London Riverbank is now one of the best locations in the city for a residential conference. It is not only an exciting time for the hotel but also the South Bank area and we are thrilled to be a part of London’s continued expansion along London’s riverside.”

www.parkplaza.com/london-hotel-gb-se1-7tj/gbriver

Supercity Aparthotels makes Manchester acquisition

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Serviced apartment specialists, Supercity Aparthotels has purchased ‘The Light Aparthotel’ – an 81,000sqft site in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter. This is the latest addition to their current portfolio of three London aparthotels with openings planned for 2018 in London and Brighton.

Supercity have acquired the landmark aparthotel as a going concern, and will continue to operate with plans to refurbish and re-launch in 2018. The property is a mixed-use development of 172 apartments, 62 of which are operated as The Light Aparthotel.

This move further supports Supercity’s growth ambitions to achieve presence in major city locations, providing a nationwide aparthotel network. Supercity is delighted to welcome the entire team and a new General Manager is to be appointed shortly.

Supercity ManchesterAcross 19 floors, the new property offers large fully equipped studio, one and two bedroom apartments and a range of penthouse suites including the Platinum Penthouse Suite with private roof terrace & hot tub, all offering the flexibility of serviced apartment living with the traditional hotel-style service. Supercity will refurbish the Light in 2018 ensuring that quality and service are consistent across the portfolio, and therefore maintaining the standards that they have become known for.

Located in the fashionable Northern Quarter, The Light Aparthotel enjoys unrivalled views of the city and beyond. Manchester continues to enjoy strong international visitor growth with new routes complemented by great transport links to and from central London and many UK airports further demonstrating Manchester’s position as a leading UK business and leisure destination.

“I’m truly delighted to announce that The Light Aparthotel will be our first venture outside of London and our fourth aparthotel. Manchester has rightly cemented its position as a key destination which continues to enjoy increased visitors for business and leisure trips with many guests now multi centring with London. Manchester continues to grow its appeal with first class shopping, conference and meeting venues, an incredible arts and music scene, local and innovative eateries and of course home to two of the country’s best known football clubs,” said Dean Madge, managing director of Supercity.

Supercity Manchester“We’re encouraged with the recent visitor numbers published and the increased international flights which is establishing Manchester as a dual centre destination for those visiting the UK. We believe that The Light is perfectly placed to be part of this great city’s renowned friendliness and hospitality. We are very much looking forward to working with the team to continue building on the business success and great guest recognition they have achieved,” he added.

In addition to the stylish and sophisticated apartments other facilities include a fitness centre, a lounge, car and bicycle parking facilities, complimentary WiFi, housekeeping service and a friendly, dedicated team providing a tailored service as standard.

The aparthotel is surrounded by leading retailers, restaurants and nightlife venues and is within easy walking distance of both mainline train stations. Manchester Arena, Market Street (main shopping street) and the Arndale Centre are also close by. Manchester was a natural choice for the future of Supercity Aparthotels and further supports their ambitious plans to grow their presence in leading cities.

Redefine|BDL Hotels to manage new Manchester property

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Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) has announced that it will manage the upcoming Hampton by Hilton Manchester Northern Quarter, which is set to open in 2020. The £17.5 million, 221-bedroom hotel will sit on the corner of Rochdale Road and Sharp Street, within the city’s thriving Northern Quarter neighbourhood.

The hotel, perfectly placed for both leisure and business travellers wishing to explore Manchester, will also feature a restaurant, fitness centre and meeting space.

RBH – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – which already counts Hampton by Hilton London Docklands and Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport among its portfolio of properties, will manage the hotel once complete.

Redefine|BDL Hotels to manage new Manchester propertyThe project is being funded by Hong Kong-based IP Investment Management in conjunction with asset manager Maven Capital Partners. The venture represents RBH’s continuing partnership with Maven Capital Partners, with three other properties asset managed by the private equity firm counted among RBH’s portfolio of more than 75 hotels.

Andrew Robb, RBH’s Chief Business Development Officer, said: “Hampton by Hilton Manchester Northern Quarter will be RBH’s third Hampton by Hilton property, and our fourth property in Manchester. We’re thrilled to add yet another hotel to our growing portfolio.

“We’re also delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with Maven Capital Partners and building a new relationship IP Investment Management.”

Redefine|BDL Hotels to manage new Manchester propertySelina Williams, Investment Director at IP Investment Management said: “Hampton by Hilton Manchester Northern Quarter will be IP Investment Management’s first investment in the hotel sector, so we’re delighted to be partnering with such an experienced manager as RBH. It is our second investment in the Greater Manchester area, following our recent forward funding of a build to rent scheme in MediaCity, Salford, showing our confidence in the Manchester market.”

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

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The next chapter in De Vere Wokefield Estate’s history will be completed in January 2018 with the unveiling of the renovated Mansion House

De Vere Wokefield Estate nears completion

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The next chapter in De Vere Wokefield Estate’s history will be completed in January 2018 with the unveiling of the renovated Mansion House, following a £10million refurbishment project.

The historic country house, set in 250 acres of Berkshire parkland, will once again be placed at the heart of the estate. The investment is part of the wider £50million investment in De Vere’s portfolio of country estate hotels and modern event centres.

There has been a stately home at Wokefield since the first was built by the Plowden family in the 1560s. The current Mansion House was built in the 1720s by Charles Parry. It will offer 87 guestrooms, which includes 12 luxurious suites, that have been sensitively restored, preserving their historic features, all of which come complete with roll top baths, king size beds, fluffy robes and slippers as well as luxury bathroom toiletries.

De Vere Wokefield Estate - BanquetFor guests who wish to unwind in the evening, a new Whisky Lounge will be launched, with a wide selection of tipples, providing the ideal space for pre- or post-dinner celebrations. The newly designed 80-seat restaurant, named 1560, will also welcome diners to an elegant space highlighted with traditional features and modern touches. With doors opening to an outdoor terrace complete with rustic pizza oven, seating up to 30 guests, locally sourced ingredients will be served as Great British classics with a twist.

The re-designed spa will welcome guests into a relaxing sanctuary offering six treatment areas including a four-person space with private Jacuzzi, plus four couple and two single treatment rooms. Designed to calm and rejuvenate guests, the spa will offer a personal experience that matches a treatment with scents to complement and soothe the body. The wet area will be reimagined and include the latest steam room, sauna and plunge pool facilities.

De Vere Wokefield Estate - BedroomDe Vere Wokefield Estate has an exceptional meetings and events offering, with 51 event spaces including the magnificent Maple Suite, located in the Mansion House and catering for groups of up to 300. Alternatively, the Wokefield Suite, located in the estate’s modern event centre, Wokefield Place, can also host events for up to 300. The company’s new Smart Space initiative will ensure that guests receive a highly responsive, personalised meetings and events service. It incorporates nine service features covering everything from a live availability booking service to truly tech-savvy support, with up to 1GB super-fast Wi-Fi . There is also an on-site team of friendly experts to help overcome any tech issues a client may face.

Howard Lewis, General Manager at De Vere Wokefield Estate, commented: “The historic house and the extensive grounds provided us with a stunning base in which to enhance an existing beautiful product. The new-look Mansion House is one that I am very proud to welcome guests into and the introduction of luxurious suites gives guests the opportunity to really indulge.”

De Vere Wokefield Estate - ConferenceHoward continued: “It was important to us to blend modern comfort with the hotel’s history and I believe we have done this successfully both internally and externally across the estate.”

All aspects of the estate will have received an upgrade, from the re-launched contemporary meetings and events area renamed Wokefield Place, which launched in September 2017, to the hotel’s grounds, which now also feature superfast Wi-Fi, so you can catch up on emails or upload to Instagram as you wander. Wokefield Place also features a new Burr & Co. deli, which serves a selection of teas and coffees, as well as artisan cakes and deli sandwiches.

Conveniently located near Reading, just 8 minutes from J11 of the M4 and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport, the Hotel offers a range of leisure facilities including an 18-hole PGA-standard golf course and an outdoor 15-acres activity course operated by an on-site team building company Graham Robb Associates.

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Dominvs Group granted planning consent for Old Marylebone Road hotel

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Dominvs Group, the London-based real estate investment, development and asset management company, has been granted planning consent from the City of Westminster for a 29,525 sq ft (2,743 sq m) hotel at 233-237 Old Marylebone Road, London, NW1.

The existing six-storey 1990s office building will be demolished to make way for a modern and upscale development. Dominvs will develop and operate the hotel under a yet to be announced brand. The boutique, design-led hotel will offer 93 bedrooms across eight floors, as well as providing a restaurant and bar.

The redevelopment has been designed to integrate sympathetically with the neighbouring buildings from different periods and styles that make up this part of Old Marylebone Road. As part of the design, a new forecourt will be created to highlight the hotel entrance and enhance the existing streetscape.

Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, on behalf of Dominvs Group and the Ahluwalia family, commented: “We are immensely grateful for the hard work that has gone into this proposal by the design team, planning consultants and the local council. Dominvs Group is committed to developing high-quality hotel accommodation, while remaining sensitive to the locations in which we build.”

This will be Dominvs’ third hotel development in the capital, with work well underway on the conversion of the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court into a luxury 193-bedroom hotel. Known as The Dixon, the hotel will be in partnership with Marriott and part of the Autograph Collection. The group also had planning consent granted earlier this year from the City of London Corporation for a 82,500 sq ft (7,664 sqm) hotel to be developed on Ludgate Hill, located in close proximity to St. Pauls Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Luxury treehouses get the green light at Ramside Hall

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An ambitious scheme to create six luxury treehouses at a North East hotel has been given the green light by council chiefs.

Durham County Council has given planning permission for Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa to build the unique accommodation behind one of its golf courses. Construction work is set to begin in February 2018, with the first three treehouses expected to open next June.

The plan is the latest multi-million pound development for the Durham hotel, and owner, John Adamson, said it would be a huge attraction for visitors to the area.

“We are delighted that Durham County Council has given us the go-ahead to start work on our new treehouses, which will be totally unlike anything else the region currently has to offer,” he said.

“Work will start in February on the first three, and we expect to be able to welcome our first visitors in June. We have worked very hard on the design and it is going to be fantastic to finally see them start to take shape.”

Built on stilts, the treehouses will each feature two bedrooms, a private living room and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with a free-standing copper bath. They will give guests unrivalled views over the 18th fairway and green of the Prince Bishops golf course, and will benefit from lots of windows to allow maximum natural light.

The treehouses will be the latest in a string of big developments at the family-owned hotel, which has created an additional wing, a second championship golf course and its award-winning spa in recent years.

“We have been very particular about the design of the new treehouses – we wanted to be sympathetic to the surroundings and have chosen renewable materials where we could,” added Mr Adamson.

“Now that permission has been granted, we can get on with creating this wonderful new addition to our hotel, which we are confident will be very popular. We are looking forward to giving visitors something they’ve never seen before,” he added.

The treehouses will enhance the facilities we already have here at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, and we are all very excited about being able to welcome our first treehouse guests next summer.

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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.

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trivago Awards 2018: This year’s top-rated hotels in the UK

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trivago has reviewed the data and tallied the scores, and it’s time to reveal the hotels that travellers consider to be the very best — the winners of the trivago Awards 2018.

The trivago Awards give hoteliers the chance to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication to providing exemplary guest experiences, and to highlight and publicise this achievement to a world of travellers. In discussing the Awards, Johannes Thomas, Managing Director at trivago NV, said: “As an independent source of hotel information with data on over 175 million guest reviews, we are well-positioned to identify the top-rated hotels that excel at delivering exceptional guest experiences. The trivago Awards give us the chance to recognise and honour the hard-working hoteliers behind these exemplary hotels, and we are thrilled to do so again this year.”

All winning hotels receive exclusive award-indicators (certificates to put on display, widgets for their websites and social media pages, and more) that can increase their visibility and guest appeal online and offline. And the single top hotel in each category also gets to take home a coveted trivago Awards trophy along with a winner’s badge for their hotel profile.

trivago applauds all the winning hotels for offering top-notch, top-rated guest experiences. So, without further ado, let’s find out who the national winners in the United Kingdom are…

The top-rated hotels with the best value for money
This year, the best value for money in the UK can be found at St Michael’s Guest House in Scarborough.

Whatever the season or occasion, family-run Victorian guest house aims to make everyone’s stay enjoyable and relaxing by giving a traditional service. Owners Dee and Glyn had this to say about providing award-winning value: “As trivago is one of the best known and respected international websites that travellers turn to when planning a stay away from home it is a huge honour that we should be associated with them and even more amazing to win an award. We don’t feel that we do anything special here at St Michael’s just be ourselves. We offer clean and comfortable accommodation and a good locally sourced breakfast at reasonable prices. Our main aim is for our guests to feel relaxed in a happy atmosphere; as if they are visiting friends.”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best Value for Money in the UK:

The top-rated 3-star hotels
This year, the number one 3-star hotel in the UK is Cedar Manor in Windermere.

trivago - best UK hotelsSet in mature gardens with the beautiful cedar tree that the hotel takes its name from, Cedar Manor is renowned for its friendliness with a relaxed and informal feel.

On receiving the award-winning hotel, owners Caroline and Jonathan Kaye said: “We’re just a small hotel – ten rooms including a detached suite – but we’ve proved that small is beautiful. We’re lucky to be in the most beautiful part of the country and we’ve created a haven of tranquil luxury to match our landscape. We know that the trivago Awards recognise those hoteliers who deliver an exceptional experience to their guests, and that’s what we strive to achieve. Each year we invest in our hotel and in our staff to keep on getting better and better, talking to our guests, listening to our guests, paying attention to the tiny details.”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best 3-Star Hotels in the UK:

The top-rated 4-star hotels
This year, the number one 4-star hotel in the UK is The Clontarf Hotel in Llandudno.

trivago - best UK hotelsLocated on the peaceful West Shore at the foot of the Great Orme, the family-run hotel offers unique styled rooms with lovely views of the sea.

On receiving the award, owners Mark and Joni Stubbs said: “We are delighted to have been selected by trivago to have been the number one 4-star hotel in the UK. We take a relaxed and informal approach to hotel management and want all guests to feel comfortable but with all the modern comforts of today’s hotel environment. We look forward to welcoming many more trivago guests in the future.”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best 4-Star Hotels in the UK:

trivago - best UK hotelsThe top-rated 5-star hotels
Just like last year, the number one 5-star hotel in the UK is Hotel 41 in London.

trivago - best UK hotelsBoasting one of London’s prime locations, attentive staff and striking rooms, 41 offers an unforgettable hotel experience.

Digital Marketing Manager, Edward Boulton, acknowledged the team for providing an exceptional service to their guests: “At Hotel 41, ‘No request too large, no detail too small’ is our ethos, and our warm, thoughtful and personalised service is something we pride ourselves on. Our team go above and beyond to provide five-star service to each and every guest, ensuring that a stay at Hotel 41 is remembered for more than just the luxurious décor. We’re incredibly honoured to receive this trivago Award which recognises our commitment to our guests’ experience.”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best 5-Star Hotels in the UK:

trivago - best UK hotelsThe top-rated alternative accommodation
This year, the number one best alternative accommodation in the UK is The Arthington Guest House in Blackpool.

trivago - best UK hotelsKnown for their outstanding service, rich complimentary breakfast, and proximity to the promenade and attractions.

Owners Steve and Elaine pride themselves on providing the highest standards of comfort. They said: “We are over the moon that for the third year running we have been nominated for the trivago Awards. We have been running The Arthington in Blackpool since 2006 and its success has been down to hard work and not resting on our laurels. Trying to cater for the modern guest, whilst realising our limitations is our honest approach to the way we do our business. A big thank you to all the guests both old and new who have posted reviews about us, we would not be a success without them.”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best Alternative Accommodation in the UK:

trivago - best UK hotelsThe top-rated chain hotels
The hotel chains with the best collective ratings across the UK this year are The Montcalm Hotels, Principal Hotel Company and Corus Hotels. The number one hotel within The Montcalm Hotels in the UK is The Montcalm London Marble Arch.

Sitting grandly at the top of Park Lane, The Montcalm London Marble Arch promises the luxury lifestyle and individually tailored guest experience. Upon winning the award, Managing Director, Ramesh Arora had this to say: “At the Montcalm we consider hospitality an art form, and we’re always pioneering new ways to enjoy it. It’s how we not only keep standards consistently high but also keep the guest experience constantly fresh and rewarding. We’re thrilled to receive this award from trivago for the Montcalm London Marble Arch because it recognises the dedication of all our staff in perfecting their art.”

This year, the top-rated hotel of the Principal Hotel Company in the UK is The Principal York.
Tracy Harrison, General manager said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised by trivago – one of the world’s most trusted travel comparison websites – following the £20m refurbishment and revival of York’s historic grande-dame railway hotel.

trivago - best UK hotelsWhat’s more, to receive an accolade that has been based solely on ratings and reviews from trivago’s global network of savvy travellers, would only provide our team with a feeling of extra achievement. In order to deliver a unique guest experience, we combine unique local heritage with a modern take on traditional British hotel service that is intuitive to guest needs. Our people are key to our rebirth and so we introduced a new dedicated guest relations team who are empowered to surprise and delight each of our guests in some way during their stay, exceeding the expectations of our star-rating.“

Finally, the number one hotel within Corus Hotels in the UK is Laura Ashley The Manor in Elstree.
Situated in landscaped gardens within 10 acres of natural woodland and views overlooking the Hertfordshire countryside, Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel is known for charming Tudor style exterior and stylish contemporary interior décor.

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How does trivago determine the winning hotels?
Just as we aggregate hotel prices from across the web, we also aggregate guest reviews and ratings for a wide variety of amenities and services for all hotels that display prices on trivago. The reviews are then assigned an overall score by amenity or service category using an internally developed algorithm. The overall score is displayed on trivago, making it easy for travellers to compare amenities and services offered as they search for their ideal hotel. For the trivago Awards 2018, the hotel with the highest score in each awarded category is deemed the category winner. To ensure accuracy, a minimum of 20 reviews were required for award eligibility.

Lenka Trckova
Lenka is a member of trivago’s Industry Management team for English-speaking markets. She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and studied marketing communication and business management in the Czech Republic. She joined trivago to pursue her passion for the hospitality industry and is focused on supporting hoteliers to reach their online potential through marketing and technology. READ THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST FROM TRIVAGO’S HOTEL MANAGER BLOG HERE

YTL Hotels Monkey Island, Bray

YTL Hotels’ Monkey Island Estate, Bray to open early 2018

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In Spring 2018, YTL Hotels UK’s newest property Monkey Island Estate will open in the historic village of Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire. The island, with an intriguing history dating back 800 years, has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals.

Monkey Island has constantly reflected the mood of the time, from medieval religious power, serene Georgian privilege or restrained Edwardian leisure – even the joyous freewheeling 1960s. Alongside its unique early 18th century fishing retreats built by the Duke of Marlborough with their famous monkey artworks, it has been immortalised in one of the great works of early 20th century literature, published its own journal and, for the last 180 years, provided some of Britain’s most unique hospitality.

Following YTL’s superb renovation, visitors from London and beyond will yet again have their very own private countryside escape to enjoy. The striking white bricked Pavilion and Temple buildings will now make up the main hotel areas of YTL’s Monkey Island Estate, surrounded by picturesque views of the River Thames and beautifully manicured gardens.

Set across seven acres, the restored Monkey Island Estate will consist of 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites, all designed by the award-winning New York-based Champalimaud Design, who orchestrated distinctive interior design projects for YTL’s first British property, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, as well as Green Leaf Niseko Village and the most recently launched Ritz Carlton, Koh Samui. The furnishings of Monkey Island will juxtapose timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, relaxed countryside style, creating a unique blend of past and present.

Monkey Island will be the perfect retreat for those wanting to take a foodie pilgrimage to the culinary excellence of Bray. The only village in the world that lays claim to two three Michelin-starred restaurants, including Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and the Roux brothers’ Waterside Inn, Bray has long been a destination for gastronomic-enthusiasts. Monkey Island will also be making its own mark on the area with their relaxed Monkey Island Brasserie serving up modern British cuisine.

Steeped in stylish yet laid back luxury, Monkey Island will be the perfect spot for weekend escapes from the city, weddings and romantic breaks. For those who want to enjoy Bray-on-Thames in comfort and style, the hotel will be the ideal retreat to experience the rejuvenation of this historic landmark to its full former glory.

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HD Christmas Meet Up

Gallery: HD Christmas Meet Up, Home House London

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The Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up networking event was held on 8th November at Home House Portman Square in London with more than 160 people in attendance.

Representatives Marca Corona, headline sponsor of the event, said they were delighted to be partnering with the event and found it useful to network with designers, architects and hoteliers in the London market and the UK as a whole.

Meanwhile, Boca do Lobo were the event’s style partner – and showed off some stunning pieces of furniture, lighting and decorative accessories throughout the space.

Sound was provided by showcase sponsors AT&C and Bang & Olufsen who also displayed their stunning tile-effect sound system at the event.

Check out images below…

Dexter Moren designing Croydon ‘hospitality hub’

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The site for a new £90 million hospitality hub in Croydon, developed by LHG (London Hotel Group) and designed by award-winning hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates, was included as one of the strategic projects in a study tour organised by New London Architecture.

Local stakeholders, including council representatives, occupiers, developers and investors, enjoyed a walking tour of the Growth Zone in Croydon and were offered an insight into how this major investment by LHG will act as a catalyst for regeneration of the area.


Located at 585-603 London Road, the new hospitality hub features high-quality contemporary design that is both striking and responsive to its neighbourhood. Framing elements, balconies and setbacks at top floors have been introduced to provide architectural articulation to each block, whilst a varied roofscape reflects the rhythm of the Victorian properties in the area.

The architectural design has been dovetailed with the landscape strategy to provide spaces of a human scale that will improve the experience of guests as well as local residents. The public realm will be further enhanced by a new landscaped public piazza and will bring about a significant improvement to London Road.

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Project Team
Client and Developer: LHG (London Hotel Group)
Architect: Dexter Moren Associates – project architect: Javier Ortega; project director: Herbert Lui
Planning Consultants: Bilfinger GVA
Transport Consultant: Steer Davies Gleave
Energy and Sustainability: XCO2 Energy
Landscape Architect: Outerspace
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment: RSK
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Herbert Lui, Project Director, Dexter Moren Associates: “Looking back at the first sketch, it has been an exciting journey with LHG and the design team to arrive at a planning-consented scheme that we are really proud of. The architecture is bold, punchy and complementary to the urban scale and context. We are also pleased with the public realm spaces that create a socially inclusive and inviting setting along London Road.”

The first of the Mayor’s Growth Zones, the London Borough of Croydon is currently experiencing £350 million worth of investment and its burgeoning reputation as a tech hub has recently seen the Borough identified as the UK’s fastest growing economy. The scheme will not only provide high-quality guest accommodation currently lacking in the area but also bring about an improvement to the townscape on this stretch of London Road, re-energising the corridor between Thornton Heath and Central Croydon.

The scheme will involve the demolition of three existing hotels – the Ibis Styles, Gilroy Court Hotel and Croydon Court Hotel, with a combined total of 256 rooms – to be replaced by a four and five-storey 435-room hotel and 158-room aparthotel with dining, conference and leisure facilities.

The proposed masterplan for the scheme by Dexter Moren was positively received by local residents and was granted unanimous approval by the local council in May 2017. Construction of the new hospitality hub will commence in the second quarter of 2018.

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Sadiq Khan

BHA criticises mayor Sadiq Khan’s ‘unfair’ London ‘bed tax’

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The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has criticised plans announced by the Greater London Assembly (GLA) to introduce a ‘bed tax’ for hotel rooms in the capital.

The London Assembly Economy Committee met this week to further discuss the tax which experts predict could add up to £364 million a year to the UK economy.

The plans were first introduced in January, described as a “Berlin-style tax of 5% of the room rate per night”. It could potentially increase accommodation prices by £3.40.

Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the BHA, said: “The London tourism tax will unfairly penalise hard-pressed Britons, who make up the overwhelming proportion of visitors to London. Sadiq Khan has proclaimed “London is Open”, yet is backing a tax on anyone coming for a weekend break in the capital, professionals going about their business and holidaymakers with their families.

“It’s a tax on fun and business. This isn’t just about top end hotels, it’s about hard working people on budget breaks too. This levy threatens our industry, which is the lifeblood of the UK’s economy, employing over half a million people in London, and generating an estimated £57bn to the UK’s GDP.”

She added: “Hospitality and tourism are highly price sensitive, and domestic and international visitors have significant destination choice, as do business tourism, event organisers and investors. Domestic tourists in the UK already pay one of the highest rates of tax in Europe and the World Economic Forum currently ranks the UK 135 out of 136 countries in terms of tourism tax competitiveness.”

Hotel Football Manchester

Hotel Football, Manchester

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Manchester is going through somewhat of a renaissance in the hotel industry.

Recent openings – including Hotel Gotham – have put the critical and commercial spotlight on the city, drawing some of the attention usually hogged by the capital down south. During this wave of stylish, quirky and conceptual openings came a project by former Manchester United stalwarts Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs – Hotel Football.

Hotel Football ManchesterIts location overlooking the club’s iconic Old Trafford stadium, affectionately known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, might suggest this is a haven just for followers of this particular megaclub. Far from it.

Hotel Football ManchesterAny supporter of the ‘Beautiful Game’ will be pleasantly surprised by the ubiquitous football-themed touches throughout – like a mural of great footballing memories accompanying guests on their ascent or descent of the main staircase, the stadium-esque facilities for the gentlemen’s toilets in the Old Trafford Supporters Club in the hotel’s basement or the guestroom bathroom design, with a nod to football changing rooms. Most of the hotel art, too, was commissioned by the hotel and made by University of Salford students.

The interiors are modern and slick, if not slightly ‘corporate’ at times. But make no mistake, the attention to detail is prevalent throughout – and despite this being a ‘themed’ hotel, guest comfort and satisfaction has not been overlooked.

Given the market this hotel is undoubtedly looking to tap into, the corporate and event spaces are excellent appointed and have the ability to cater for various-sized parties. The Owners Room and The Boardroom for smaller meetings, to the Stadium Suite and Players’ Lounge, which can take up to 500 people and match-day hospitality is also available.

Hotel Football ManchesterThe hotel has been well pitched – it is consciously not too over-the-top in being Manchester United-themed (considering the disdain with which some football supporters perceive the club), but rather more focused on football as a whole. The staff throughout the property are also commendably friendly and helpful; whether or not they are Manchester United fans seems irrelevant as they all appear to be genuinely invested in the success of the project. Overall, this is a hotel that knows its USP, does what it says on the tin and does it well. It’s fun, quirky and different – definitely another success story for the Manchester hotel scene.

Based on a stay in March 2017
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New boutique hotel for the north west – Spinning Block

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The north west’s exciting new boutique hotel, The Spinning Block at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe, is due to open this month.

The 38-bedroom hotel, along with the Bistro, Bar and Grill – which is taking bookings from Saturday November 4 – forms the latest phase in the £10 million redevelopment of what was a largely derelict textile mill.

In keeping with the rest of the mill, the hotel will be stylish and imaginatively designed while remaining sympathetic to the building’s heritage. James’ Places interiors guru Christine Lee explained: “The look is what we call ‘opulent industrial’. It is art nouveau with a feminine, indulgent look featuring beautiful, flowing lines.”

The bedrooms continue the pared back, urban tone reflecting the rest of Holmes Mill, with a luxurious, light and airy atmosphere. The Bar, Bistro and Grill is similarly styled, with art nouveau features and authentic textures giving a nod to the building’s roots.

Operations manager Andrew Bailey said: “Holmes Mill is already proving to be a very popular wedding venue and the hotel means families and couples can base everything for their big day around the site.

“We also expect the hotel to appeal to those attending an event at the mill, or in central Clitheroe, who wish to stay over. In addition, corporate customers will find the hotel a useful addition to our multi-use function room,” he added.

www.holmesmill.co.uk

Lodge at Solent

Style-centric Lodge at Solent is a ‘shore’ thing

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It’s been 210 years since British hospitality firm Thwaites was conceived by its namesake, Daniel. His mission was delivering fine hospitality alongside fine ale.

His company has come a long way from its roots in the Lake District, recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. About 200 miles, to be precise – to Fareham, home of its farthest-flung spa hotel.

The newest addition to Thwaites’ destinations – the AA Hotel Group of the Year winners 2016-17 – is The Lodge at Solent, a 54-suite development with sincere leanings towards its closeness to the sea.

Lodge at SolentThe Lodge at Solent is a funky and refreshing take on the motel concept, delivering an experience beyond expectations. From its Art Deco arrow delivering guests to the right place – The Lodge at Solent lies adjacent to Solent Hotel & Spa, its premium cousin – you surf into a welcoming lobby featuring a double-height mural leaving you in no doubt you’re almost beside the seaside.

Lodge at SolentA lighthouse and a VW camper, seminal accessory for every beach lover, take up the majority of this colourful, exciting design. This mighty mural is from Bristol-based artist Jody Thomas.

Rooms themselves are by Rachel Wootton, Thwaites own interior designer, who has created a stir elsewhere in the company’s property chain including at new-build hotels, contemporary inns, and at flagship alehouses across the country.

Corridors cede to ravishing rooms boasting both classic and contemporary touches that excite the senses and leave guests in the mood for fun. Seagull footprints in specially-commissioned carpeting lead guests to their room, ably abetted by striking seaside signage.

Lodge at SolentRachel explained: “We wanted to go for a style that oozes sunshine and seaside, but at the same time nods to our Britishness. You’ll find classic telephones by the bedside, and some stunning works of art that make our guests feel both at home and on holiday.”

Lodge at SolentThe lodge’s exterior polishes the experience largely comprising cedar wood which promises to stay sturdy against the elements. Salty air and sustainability do not bedmates make and Thwaites has been shrewd selecting this natural cladding to help the lodge retain its elegance long into the future.

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The Langley Exterior

Luxury country boutique The Langley to open in 2018

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced that The Langley will open in summer 2018 in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside.

The Langley will join a growing ensemble of over 100 Luxury Collection hotels and resorts around the world. Owned and managed by City & Country Hotels, The Langley is the sister hotel to The Wellesley Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London which overlooks Hyde Park.

Located in the Langley Park estate, the hotel is an exquisite 41-room boutique hotel and 25,000 square-foot spa set within 500 acres of idyllic Buckinghamshire countryside. The hotel is comprised of two buildings, a historic mansion that was once the former estate of the Duke of Marlborough and a Grade II-listed 18th century building that was formerly used as a stables and brew house. In partnership with the award-winning interior design company Dennis Irvine Studio, who also created the design concept for The Wellesley and the two Wellesley yachts, the buildings have been undergoing an extensive multi-million-pound renovation over the last four years.

Before entering the hotel, guests will take in impeccably landscaped gardens and a beautiful, imposing Lebanon Cedar Tree which is centuries old, both of which are listed by English Heritage. The Grade II-listed gardens were re-designed in the 18th century by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the renowned landscape architect responsible for changing the face of Britain’s gardens forever.

The Langley BarThe ornate entrance transports visitors back in time as many of the building’s original features have been re-established, and in keeping with its heritage, imposing doorways and Baroque fireplaces are found throughout the property. The hotel’s interior design carefully balances the history of the building with contemporary luxury while creating a number of distinct and bespoke design features. Guestrooms and suites feature elegant roll-top baths in the centre of the bedrooms with expansive windows framing views of greenery and the open lake.

Opposite the entrance of the main hotel, guests will find The Brewhouse – a Grade ll-listed out-building that will house a number of characterful bedrooms where the former owners concocted their own local brew using old-fashioned methods.

Hotel developer, Khalid Affara, said, “The restoration of The Langley has been an incredible process involving large teams of experts painstakingly regenerating this magnificent historic building to its former glory. The whole estate is steeped in such rich history and heritage we are excited to soon launch a product that successfully celebrates The Langley’s past whilst offering contemporary luxury and design alongside outstanding dining. The sheer size and specification of The Langley Spa help to make the estate an outstanding destination.”

Upon opening, The Langley will be the fourth Luxury Collection property in England, joining its sister hotel The Wellesley Knightsbridge, The Park Tower Knightsbridge and The Westbury in London.

Architects given permissions for 191-room hotel in The City

Architects given permission for 191-room hotel in The City

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The City of London Corporation has recently granted planning permission to Eric Parry Architects to build a 10-storey, 191-room hotel on Holborn Viaduct at the current site of Morley House.

The planning application was approved at the Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee and is the second hotel approved in the City this year. There are now 35 hotels in the City of London, with a further 14 hotels under construction and three permitted sites yet to begin construction.

Hotel stock in the City has risen in recent years from 3,780 bedrooms to more than 5,000 bedrooms between 2011/12 and 2016/17. By 2023/24 the City is projected to have 7,800 hotel rooms.

These plans also include the bottom two floors of neighbouring City Temple to be leased by Morley House owners for flexible office use, adding to the offer of the hotel and securing the long term future of City Temple – an international church located in Holborn since 1974.

City Temple accommodates church halls, residential accommodation and meeting rooms used by organisations such as Sainsbury’s, the NHS and City Law School.

Chris Hayward, Chairman of the Planning & Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “The City of London is a changing business environment and we are committed to supporting the growth of financial and professional services. With an additional 1.25 million square metres of office space under construction, we have the potential to accommodate a further 75,000 workers. But we also need to make sure that there is sufficient accommodation across the City on offer.

“We have also recently approved student accommodation in the City helping London to remain competitive with education providers globally. City Temple is currently falling into disrepair. This development demonstrates the benefits of mixed use developments and how the City is uniquely able to combine culture and heritage with the modern needs of our visitors and workers.”

Four Seasons

London’s first Four Seasons Private Residences to open in 2018

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Finchatton has partnered with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, to offer the first stand-alone Four Seasons Private Residences, located at Twenty Grosvenor Square in London. Opening in 2018, the residences will be the first private residences to be operated independently of a Four Seasons hotel or resort.

Setting a new standard in London real estate, Twenty Grosvenor Square will offer 37 luxurious residences in the heart of Mayfair. Serviced by FS employees and offering access to the many amenities of a hotel, the residences will bring together the best of hotel services and private ownership, offering a luxury residential experience unlike any other in London.

Bringing the luxuries and conveniences of hotel living home, Twenty Grosvenor Square, a Four Seasons Residence will offer the many services and amenities that guests enjoy in the company’s hotels and resorts around the world.

From in-residence dining and catering to concierge services, housekeeping, salon and spa services, grocery stocking, event planning, childcare, pet care, transportation and business services, the seamless amenities of Twenty Grosvenor Square will be personally tailored to the lifestyle of each resident, offering ultimate customisation and peace of mind.

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. James

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. James

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The Trafalgar St. James hotel launched with a star-studded event at the stunning new Rooftop restaurant in London this month. Working with hospitality giant Hilton on its first Curio Collection property in the UK, SHH Architecture and Interior Design led the multi-million pound renovation, turning the only hotel in London’s Trafalgar Square into a ‘sanctuary of style’ in the heart of the city.

London based SHH, one of Britain’s most prestigious architecture and interior design practices, boasting clients including Ascot, Wimbledon and Faberge, were entrusted with the project as lead architects. ‘We didn’t want it to feel like a mainstream chain hotel, because it’s not, so staying true to the independent ethos, as well as creating a distinctly London aesthetic, was key,’ says SHH Creative Director and Founder Neil Hogan on the concept behind the transformation.

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. JamesThe Trafalgar St. James has 131 bedrooms including 15 suites. Each has been designed with Art Deco flourishes and references to the history of the building, which once housed the offices of the Cunard Steamship Company with news of the ill-fated Titanic breaking there. Tactile furnishings and bold colour choices have been used to create a sense of comfort, while art walls in the bedrooms pay tribute to London’s Trafalgar Square.

Design Detail – Carpet
The bespoke carpets are by Hotel Designs clients Brintons, a British carpet brand founded in 1783. The blue and white Axminster carpet design used in the bedrooms ties in with other items in the room, such as the red headboard, subtly representing the union jack. The corridor continued the deep blue palette and drew design inspiration for the star pattern from one of Lord Nelson medals: Trafalgar Square of course commemorating Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in the Napoleonic Wars.

Design Detail – Chandelier
A bespoke chandelier was created for the project working with British luxury lighting designers, CTO Lighting. Taking inspiration from the Array Opal range, the bespoke piece measures over 2.5 meters in length, and is the first thing that can be seen when entering the roof top bar from the lift.

Design Detail – Soft Furnishings
The ‘Napoleon’ feature scatter cushions in the guest rooms are from the Glasgow based textile designer Timorous Beasties. The luxurious crimson velvet and fun gold and black bee prints are representative of the hotel itself and match the British red and blue colour palette. 

Working with the existing building was a challenge as all the rooms had a different footprint or window type so there was a lot or coordination and joinery tweaks to undertake.

The brief for the ‘The Rooftop’ was to create a destination bar and dining space that worked all year round, therefore a retractable canopy, and heated space, was the solution to ensure Britain’s changeable weather didn’t interfere. “We created distinct indoor and outdoor zones to provide multiple uses including a private glasshouse for intimate events. The Rooftop is all about the stunning, uninterrupted views across Trafalgar Square and London skyline beyond so we worked to maximise these wherever you were on the Rooftop.”

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. James
Working with a variety of international and homegrown design talent and manufacturers, Hogan and his team selected furnishings for The Trafalgar St. James that reflect its unique London heritage. An artfully curated blend of furniture, finishes, and light fixtures set the scene of The Trafalgar St. James giving the space an identity fit for its iconic location. “We wanted the space to be engaging and comfortable. The scheme is bold and inviting and the colours chosen are uniquely British. As a guest you’ll see a lot of deep blues with highlights of red and burgundy. The unique artwork was designed for the hotel to subtly remind guests of their iconic location.”

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. JamesBritish craftsmanship in particular makes sense for such a quintessentially British hotel: Leading British and design manufacturers were specified by SHH including Brintons who delivered the bespoke carpets throughout the scheme; Peter Millard & Partners, tasked with creating the bespoke art work in the rooms; CTO Lighting who created a show-stopping bespoke drop chandelier upon entry to the Rooftop; textile designers Timorous Beasties’ crimson velvet cushions make statement accents in the bedrooms and Tom Dixon’s ‘London’ scented diffusers are used throughout the bedrooms.

Commenting on the re-launch design, Joanne Taylor-Stagg, General Manager of The Trafalgar St. James said: “It was paramount to us that the new look reflected the overall ethos of the hotel – we want guests to feel that every stay with us is a unique London experience. Working in close collaboration with the owners and SHH, we’re so happy with the results and the reaction from our first guests has been incredibly positive.”

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. JamesThe Trafalgar St. James is tucked away on the south-west side of the world-famous Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the West End and amidst the hustle of bustle of St. James. This part of London has long been seen as more of a tourist destination but the hotel wants to put it back into the hearts of Londoners and bring a whole new level of excitement to the area.

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Hardwick House

Project Spotlight: Wilton Carpets at Hardwick Hall

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A stunning carpet full of classic design cues and woven by Wilton Carpets now graces areas of Hardwick Hall, a four-star luxury country hotel considered one of the North East’s most charming places to stay.

When looking for new carpet to adorn its Colman Suite, Crush Bar, corridors and lounge areas; the hotel turned to Wilton Carpets’ bespoke service to create a design perfectly in keeping with its unique style. An oversize repeating scroll is layered beneath a pin-line interlocking hexagon and surrounded by a decorative border, tones of taupe and grey giving a sophisticated tonal look.

The bordered design serves to frame the three areas of the Colman Suite, which can be separated to accommodate different functions and covers and to provide definition to the adjacent Crush Bar. The design also works well to define the lounge area of the hotel and to provide a striking carpet in corridors.

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Sam Dean, senior designer, Wilton Carpets, commented: “We worked with Space I.D to develop a carpet design that referenced the classical elegance of Hardwick Hall’s 18th century architecture, while marking its status as one of the North East’s most luxurious destinations. Through blending sophisticated contemporary geometrics with elegant florals and classic fret borders, we’ve managed to achieve the difficult balance between historic reference and modern intention. A bordered design such as this is also a great way to define individual areas, at the same time giving a unified look.”

Installed by Pocklington Carpets, the 850 square metres of bespoke carpet were manufactured in Wilton’s Wiltshire factory, axminster woven in an 80% British wool and 20% nylon blend for wear and appearance retention. In a seven-row quality, the carpet can withstand high footfall levels, while it’s wool and nylon mix remains easy to clean, keeping the suite, bar, lounge and corridors looking their best throughout constant use.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

£50m luxury hotel, apartments approved for Plymouth site

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Work has begun on a £50 million project to create a luxury hotel and apartments in Plymouth, which will take three years.

In December 2016, Henley Real Estate won the right to deliver 1620, a £50m hotel and residential development on Plymouth Hoe on the site of the former Quality Hotel.

Planning permission for the 60-bedroom boutique, spa and ‘panoramic penthouse’ was granted in July 2017 and now builders have started on the transformation that will be completed in 2020 in time for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower.

The architects for the project are Ellis Williams Architects and now a new milestone for the property has been reached, as officials give the hotel the green light to serve alcohol to guests and locals 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

Bosses told the panel that their business model is ‘to provide local residents with a high-quality dining experience’.

Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan, part of leading UK independent hotel chain Hallmark Hotels, has invested over £1.5 million

Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan unveils £1.5 million refurbishment

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Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan, part of leading UK independent hotel chain Hallmark Hotels, has invested over £1.5 million into refreshing the design of its bedrooms, suites and conference rooms.

Situated in leafy Edgbaston, just five minutes from Birmingham New Street and a stone’s-throw from the city’s renowned Arena, the hotel is popular among business travellers and as a venue for events.

The refurbishment project, which began in 2016, has seen a £700k investment into modernising the lift structures within the hotel and a further £450k spent on turning 53 of its 135 bedrooms into City Doubles. Continuing into 2017, the hotel has most recently seen £200k spent on converting 18 of its bedrooms into Classic twin bedrooms.
The work will continue throughout the year, and will incorporate the refurbishment of its Wallace Suite, and six other meeting rooms which together hold up to 170 delegates.

Amy Windsor, General Manager at Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan said: “The widespread refurbishments have given, what was already a popular hotel, a more modern and streamlined feel. Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan has a natural focus towards corporate and business guests and the increased space and investment will help us extend our offering to new and returning visitors. Alongside our new menu, also designed to meet the needs to the business traveller, we’re delighted with the feedback we are getting from regular business guests.

“With Birmingham’s position as a UK hub for the meetings and events market, we are especially keen to see the completion of our Wallace Suite – our largest conference suite – which we’re looking forward to unveiling later this autumn.”

The investment into Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan is part of the group’s wider refurbishment initiative to modernise several of its portfolio of 28 hotels across the country.

For more information visit www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk

Lygon Arms

Lygon Arms unveils multi-million pound refurbishment

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The Lygon Arms, located in Broadway in the heart of the Cotswolds has unveiled the final chapter of its multi-million-pound refurbishment and expansion.

The no-expense-spared transformation of this 16th century coaching inn, honours the building’s charm and heritage, and debuts an enriched guest experience complete with 86 newly designed rooms and suites, a refreshed spa, and the late-summer launch of two new culinary experiences; Lygon Bar & Grill and Lygon Wine Bar.

The redesign of the guest rooms and suites, spearheaded by Anita Rosato Interior Design, beautifully embodies the hotel’s 600-year character and style, while incorporating the contemporary luxuries and technological conveniences that meet the needs of today’s modern luxury traveler. Steeped in traditional British opulence and comfort, each room unveils a unique design, all individually decorated to create eclectic accommodations for families, couples and the solo traveller.

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The final renovation brings the total room count of The Lygon Arms to 86, including three one-of-a-kind signature Luxury Suites and six Courtyard Suites, inspired by famed past guests such as King Charles I.

This final chapter includes the newly opened Lygon Bar & Grill and the Lygon Wine Bar; a new restaurant and wine-bar, two of the most sought-after dining destinations in the Cotswolds. The Lygon Bar & Grill concentrates on seasonality and product provenance, while representing the traditional brilliance of British food in a relaxed setting.

The Mediterranean-inspired Lygon Wine Bar boasts a fine selection of European and international wines, complimented by light Italian dishes.

“It is with great pleasure that we debut the final phase of this monumental refurbishment of The Lygon Arms, that unveils an exciting new chapter in the property’s grand history,” says General Manager Graeme Nesbitt. “Our team has worked alongside the best talent to create a vision that celebrates and brings to life the property’s charm and long-standing heritage, and above all, ensures our guest experience is truly memorable.”

As part of the new vision for the hotel, the property opened the luxurious Lygon Spa offering a full range of unique beauty treatments. The hotel’s public areas also have new looks that encompass the relaxation and luxury of the chic Cotswold countryside.

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The multiple stories at The Lygon Arms have been woven into the fabric of the new additions, in order to stay true to the hotel’s heritage, whilst ushering in an exciting next chapter built on personal service, passionate management and a luxurious & laid-back atmosphere.

www.lygonarmshotel.co.uk

Park Plaza London Park Royal now open

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Upper upscale hotel brand Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts has announced the official opening of the new contemporary hotel Park Plaza London Park Royal.

The 212-room hotel offers fashionable facilities, pop-art style furniture adorning the welcome area and a convenient location close to Wembley.

The refined guest rooms are situated across six floors; 120 modern superior rooms and 92 studio rooms with additional space and sofa beds, making it ideal for families. The stunning new hotel really does offer convenience and a home away from home in west London.

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For conferences and events, there are four sophisticated function rooms offering a total of 84 square metres of flexible meeting space. Each meeting room offers natural daylight, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi up to 10MB, air-conditioning and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

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Richard Clogg, General Manager at Park Plaza London Park Royal comments: “We’re delighted to announce that our first venture in the west London area is now open for business. Our convenient offering brings a contemporary vibe to the area, and the location is not only ideal for guests flying in and out of London Heathrow, but also those wanting to access key major London attractions, sporting events and shows. We are also pleased to be open just in time for key events across the area. From the NFL games this October to international artists gracing the stage at Wembley, we look forward to welcoming fans and guests alike from across the globe”.

Clogg continues: “As London’s tourism industry continues to attract many visitors; we look forward to catering to popular demand while providing exceptional service and creating a memorable experience for all guests.”

www.parkplaza.com

Dream Hotel Group

Dream Hotel Group announces first hotel in England

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Dream Hotel Group has announced plans to debut Unscripted Hotels, its newest lifestyle brand and hospitality concept designed for the progressive, creative traveller, in England by 2020.

The latest hotel signing with London-based Ciel Capital represents a major milestone for Dream Hotel Group, positioning the company as international hospitality innovators and leading the way for new growth in the region.

Setting a new benchmark for hospitality in the West Midlands, Unscripted Birmingham Central Hall will feature 135 beautifully designed guest rooms and five dining and nightlife venues, including a rooftop lounge on the third floor and two restaurants flanking the street level, transforming nearly half a city block into a communal gathering place for hotel guests and Brummies alike.

The boutique hotel is part of a highly-anticipated restoration and redevelopment of the former Methodist Central Hall on the northern end of Corporation Street, opposite the Victoria Law Courts. Designed by architects Ewan Harper & James A. Harper, the three-story, Edwardian red brick and terracotta Grade II*-listed building opened in 1905, and its distinctive tower remains a recognizable part of Birmingham’s city-centre skyline today.

White Horse Dorking

The White Horse, Dorking prepares to re-launch

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The countdown to the re-launch of The White Horse in Dorking is on, Bespoke Hotels is delighted to reveal. Set to re-open in late 2017, the historic Coaching Inn in the heart of Dorking will reveal its new dining concept, The Dozen, alongside expanded accommodation as part of a £4 million investment by Bespoke Hotels.

A first for Dorking, The Dozen will offer a stylish all-day dining space. Designed by Squid Inc, creators of Manchester’s trendy 5-star Hotel Gotham, the hotel’s new Dozen concept will combine homely touches with contemporary charm, in keeping with the hotel’s long-standing history as one of the UK’s oldest coaching inns. The adaptable space can also be used for private dining, meetings and events.

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Following the re-opening of the White Horse, guests will also be able to enjoy a fresh new look across the hotel’s 56 bedrooms and suites, with room types ranging from cosy, spacious and indulgent rooms to decedent one-bedroom suites for maximum pampering, all of which are being beautifully enhanced to breathe new life into this historic hotel, combining style and substance with affordability.

The White Horse is within quick and easy reach of London, as well as being conveniently located for business travellers, with Gatwick Airport nearby. Local attractions include Denbies & Albury Vineyards, Wisley Gardens, Hampton Court Palace and much more.

Fresh Lime signs agreement with Malmaison to develop hotel in Bournemouth

Malmaison moves closer to arriving in Bournemouth

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Malmaison Hotel du Vin, the leading lifestyle hotel group has taken an exciting and important step closer to bringing the famous Malmaison brand to Bournemouth.

The brand is pleased to announce that it has signed a development agreement to build a multi-million pound stunning Malmaison hotel on Bath Road.

The site has already received outline planning permission to be developed and construction work is set to begin in 2018. The new hotel will offer over 100 stylish bedrooms and stunning suites, with the development expected to generate 85 new local jobs.

The hotel will also bring Chez Mal Bar and Brasserie to Bournemouth. Its stylish surroundings include a rooftop bar and terrace, which provide the ideal setting for those looking to take on Malmaison’s famously creative cocktails and mouthwatering menus. For those wanting to mix business with pleasure, the hotel will also include the brand’s ground-breaking meeting and events concept, Work + Play, mixing Malmaison’s classic style with high tech systems, private meeting pods and flexible pricing. The hotel will also boast a gym, swimming pool and beauty rooms, allowing guests and local residents the opportunity to work off calories and beautify in true Mal style.

The news comes at an exciting time for the Group, following a period of significant growth over the last 12 months. Recent highlights include the plans to introduce Malmaison to York and the continued roll-out of Chez Mal and Work + Play, both part of a wider multi-million pound investment programme in the brand.

Guus Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, Malmaison Hotel du Vin, said, “Bournemouth is a fantastic destination. The vibrancy of the town means that it is also a perfect location for the Malmaison brand. We look forward to working closely with all local stakeholders to bring this exciting opportunity to life.”

Wokefield Estate

De Vere Wokefield Estate reveals new-look Wokefield Place as part of £10m refurbishment

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De Vere Wokefield Estate, part of The Principal Hotel Company, has completed an extensive, multi-million pound refurbishment of its contemporary meetings and event space, which re-launched as Wokefield Place this September.

Together with the estate’s sweeping driveway, stunning lake, picturesque gardens and 250 acres of parkland, the new-look Wokefield Place offers a variety of events and meeting spaces with a restaurant, Burr & Co. coffee shop and cosy bar.

The dedicated conference building has undergone a re-design which brings the best of the outdoors in, from a newly created indoor tree lined Avenue that connects the ground floor spaces and leisure facilities to the estate’s parkland and 18-hole PGA golf course. The refurbishment combines contemporary touches and modern services with the original building’s features and is part of the De Vere brand’s wider £100m investment programme across its portfolio of country estate hotels and modern event spaces.

Wokefield EstateHoward Lewis, General Manager at De Vere Wokefield Estate, commented: “I am delighted to see Wokefield Place’s renovation complete. The space, which has been carefully designed to deal with the demands of the future, is looking fantastic; we’ve already received enthusiastic feedback from guests.

He continued: “As the refurbishment continues in our historic Mansion House, I am looking forward to seeing the transformation of De Vere Wokefield Estate unfold over the coming months as we restore this well-established, popular property back to glory.”

Featuring Principal Hotel Company’s new meeting and event brand Smart Space, launched September 2017, organisers can plan and execute meticulously crafted and unforgettable meetings and events. Smart Space’s nine service features promise ease of booking; inspirational meeting rooms – be that a bright and contemporary training space or an executive boardroom with nods to the property’s heritage; a personal conference host; tech-savvy support; new Burr & Co. breakout areas; new nutritionally balanced delegate menus; the company’s three existing rewards programmes – Applause Rewards, ShowTime Rewards and Trainers’ Club; inspiring outdoor spaces and access to a team of specialists to help ensure delegates get moving and remain motivated throughout the day.

As De Vere Wokefield Estate continues its extensive £10 million refurbishment, 21st century touches will also be introduced to the original mansion house, due to be completed in spring 2018.

trivago Reveals Autumn Traveller Trends for the UK

trivago reveals Autumn traveller trends for UK

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London, as expected, is the most popular destination this autumn with the greatest search volume coming from international travellers. Cardiff has overtaken London by the highest average clicked price among overseas visitors and Germans account for the largest group of travellers from off-shore countries.

This autumn, 64% of all search inquires to UK destinations have been made by domestic travellers. Based on search volume, German travellers make up the largest group of visitors coming from overseas followed by travellers from the US, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Canada and Denmark.

London is the most searched destination in the UK, accounting for 67% of all UK searches from the top 10 visiting countries. Edinburgh takes the second place followed by Blackpool, the third most popular city for the UK residents. However, Blackpool ranks much lower (closing the top 30) for international travellers who prefer Liverpool.

Lenka Trckova, Industry Management UK & Ireland, Hotel Relations: “Our data shows that travellers from all around the world will pay the highest prices for hotels in London, Cardiff and Liverpool. Cardiff is for overseas visitors even more expensive than London, reaching the average level of £137 per night. We can see a significant difference in search behaviour between international and domestic travellers particularly in London and Edinburgh. For these longstanding popular destinations, UK residents pay roughly £20 more than international visitors.”

The average duration of stay reveals that travellers from the UK will mostly take short two-night trips this autumn. On the contrary, visitors from France, Italy and Denmark are likely to stay longest, as they search for stays of four nights on average.

For further insights and more detailed information about traveller behaviour and popular destinations in the UK, visit the trivago Hotel Manager Blog.

About the data
The 2017 autumn travel trends are based on data gathered from trivago.com searches between 1 June – 2 August 2017, for the period of 1 October – 30 November 2017 and includes searches for stay of three and more days. All prices shown are the average clicked prices selected by trivago users for a standard double room.

Apex Hotels - Bath property now open

Apex Hotels’ £35m Bath hotel opens for business

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The latest addition to the Apex Hotels portfolio, in the city of Bath, has opened its doors to guests.

The launch of the £35 million Apex City of Bath Hotel marks a significant milestone for the group, as it takes the company’s portfolio to 10 hotels across the UK, and represents its first opening in England outside of London.

With 177 bedrooms, the property is the city’s largest in terms of number of bedrooms, and is Bath’s only purpose-built city centre conference facility for up to 400 delegates.

It also features a restaurant, bar, gymnasium and pool – and sits at the heart of the city, minutes from Bath’s major tourist attractions including the famous Roman Baths.

The Bath opening follows a highly successful financial year for the company which saw an 11.8 per cent rise in underlying profits before tax, up from £9.2m to £10.3m in 2016.

Angela Vickers, Chief Executive Officer, Apex Hotels said: “The opening of Apex City of Bath Hotel marks a major milestone for the business, and is the result of years of hard work by the entire team, and in particular the local team on the ground, ably led by General Manager Tim O’Sullivan.

Tim O’Sullivan, General Manager, Apex City of Bath Hotel said: “We are absolutely thrilled to open the doors to our stunning new hotel and the team is poised to give our guests – from locals who have seen the hotel built from the ground up, to those from further afield – the warmer welcome that Apex hotels are renowned for.

The opening of Apex City of Bath Hotel comes as work continues on a £1.5 million revamp of Apex City of London Hotel, including the development of a new restaurant – The Lampery – and a spa facility in partnership with PURE Spa & Beauty.

Refurbishment plans are also in the pipeline for Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh and Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee, with £6 million being invested in a 20-bedroom extension and wine bar and cellar at Apex Temple Court in London.

www.apexhotels.co.uk

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Mandarin Oriental London unveils first phase of renovation

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s European flagship Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, has unveiled the first phase of its extensive restoration, designed to confirm this historic hotel’s position as one of the best in the world. The hotel remains open throughout the renovation which will be completed in the third quarter of 2018.

The first phase of the renovation includes the launch of 95 new and luxurious guest rooms and suites in the Knightsbridge wing. In addition, the hotel’s classic entrance, notable main lobby and reception lounge have been reconfigured and redesigned to maximise natural daylight, and the building’s iconic façade has been revitalised.

Internationally renowned designer, Joyce Wang has been commissioned to oversee the property’s overall design concept, and has taken her inspiration from the building’s Edwardian heritage, the hotel’s peaceful park side location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. Art deco inspired features including carefully curated artworks and custom-designed furniture have resulted in a warm and inviting environment.

Guestrooms
Light and contemporary, each guest room has a unique and individual layout, featuring alcoves, warm grey paneled walls and hand-gilded mirror artwork. Rooms overlook fashionable Knightsbridge, or into the calm green vertical garden of the inner courtyard, which features native and exotic plants. Beds with leather-tufted headboards, large leather-topped writing desks, rugs and wildlife embellishments, all inspired by the hotel’s park side location, are present throughout the space. All guest rooms offer generous wardrobe space and include a Bower and Wilkins music player with Bluetooth connectivity, that can be enjoyed through surround-sound speakers. A Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities, and a pillow menu are also available.

Suites
Suites have their own individual layout and an elegant hallway entrance, offering a spacious and comfortable bedroom with separate walk-in closet. The living area is furnished with a velvet-upholstered sofa, wing-back reading chairs and a leather-topped writing desk. Inspired by the royal park, the living room’s centrepiece is a striking gold and crackled glass custom-made acorn chandelier. Bespoke Fromenthal wallpaper, horsehair light sconces and gloss painted patterns that reference the carriage paths through Hyde Park are also part of the new design. Room amenities include a Bower and Wilkins music player with Bluetooth connectivity, that can be enjoyed through surround-sound speakers. A Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities [and a pillow menu], are also available. Additionally, Knightsbridge Suites come with a curated library of hand-picked books by renowned Mayfair publishers, Heywood Hill, for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Guestroom bathrooms are fashioned from Volakas marble with either a walk-in shower or a bath with an in-built shower. Suites have separate walk-in showers with stand-alone baths and twin vanity units. His and Hers amenities by London perfumer Miller Harris and Jo Hansford hair products from the renowned Mayfair salon, are available in all bathrooms.

The second phase of the renovation on the Hyde Park side of the building has already begun, and will encompass the complete restoration of all guest rooms and suites facing the park. In addition, two new luxurious and expansive penthouse suites, with spacious private terraces offering extensive views of London’s skyline and the peaceful park, will be added. In keeping with the recently installed contemporary pool and fitness area, Adam D. Tihany has been appointed to oversee the design of the next-generation Spa at Mandarin Oriental. This will be significantly expanded to include couples’ facilities, specialist consultation areas, and an exclusive Mandarin Oriental Spa Studio concept, offering powerful and effective express beauty and grooming treatments for both men and women. The splendid Loggia, The Ballroom and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will also undergo a soft refurbishment throughout this second phase. The restoration of the ‘country’ side will be completed by the third quarter of 2018.

DoubleTree by Hilton York Bedroom

DoubleTree by Hilton opens in historic city of York

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York has welcomed one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, DoubleTree by Hilton. Conveniently located in the centre of York and opposite the city’s historic walls, DoubleTree by Hilton York joins Hilton York and Hampton by Hilton York – paving the way as the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the city.

Hotel features and amenities include:

DINING
Guests can dine at the hotel’s charming on-site Yorkshire Bar and Grill restaurant, which celebrates the very best of the region’s produce. Guests can enjoy an array of local home-comforts, light bites and delicious seasonal dishes served in the courtyard garden or in the beautifully designed restaurant. Guests can unwind after dinner at the hotel bar or, for those who want to stay in, there is an in-room dining service.

AMENITIES
The hotel has 143 stylish, full-refurbished guest rooms – many of which have views of the City Walls. All guests are greeted with a warm welcome and signature DoubleTree Cookie upon arrival. To help burn off those delicious Cookie calories, there is a 24-hour gym at the hotel, with state-of-the-art equipment.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
The hotel also boasts York’s newest purpose built meeting space with integrated audio visual equipment, wide screen projection and HDMI connectivity, capable of hosting up to 250 guests. There is a stunning courtyard garden for delegates to enjoy throughout the day.

“We are delighted to be welcoming guests to the latest destination in York, which has the most recently refurbished accommodation in the city,” said Graham Usher, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton York. “The hotel is perfectly located, near to key landmarks in this historic city, which attracts a vast number of travellers each year. From those wanting to explore or wishing to host conferences in our versatile meeting spaces, we cater for every type of traveller.”

Very first standalone Four Seasons Private Residences to open

Very first standalone Four Seasons Private Residences to open

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Finchatton, the preeminent international design and development firm, has partnered with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, to offer the first standalone Four Seasons Private Residences, located at Twenty Grosvenor Square in London.

Opening in 2018, the residences will be the first Four Seasons Private Residences to be operated independently of a Four Seasons hotel or resort.

Setting a new standard in London real estate, Twenty Grosvenor Squarewill offer 37 luxurious residences in the heart of Mayfair. Serviced by Four Seasons employees and offering access to the many amenities of a Four Seasons hotel, the residences will bring together the best of hotel services and private ownership, offering a luxury residential experience unlike any other in London.

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Bringing the luxuries and conveniences of hotel living home, Twenty Grosvenor Square, a Four Seasons Residence will offer the many services and amenities that guests enjoy in Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world. From in-residence dining and catering to concierge services, housekeeping, salon and spa services, grocery stocking, event planning, childcare, pet care, transportation and business services, the seamless amenities of Twenty Grosvenor Square will be personally tailored to the lifestyle of each resident, offering ultimate customisation and peace of mind.

Four Seasons Twenty Grosvenor Square
Once the home of the US Naval Forces in Europe and frequented by the likes of General Dwight Eisenhower during the Second World War, Twenty Grosvenor Square is steeped with rich history. Reviving the energy of the original building, the interiors have been elegantly designed by Finchatton to offer three, four and five bedroom apartments, each conceived with luxurious design features such as elegant classical drawing rooms, soaring ceilings, media rooms, family and catering kitchens, and separate access for staff. The 250,000 square foot (23,226 square metre) luxury development will also include a private wine cellar, a spa with an 82 foot (25 metre) swimming pool, a treatment suite with steam room and sauna, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, games room, a cinema, business suite, a garden room and private landscaped gardens.

More information here. . .

Southampton Harbour Hotel to open in October

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Nicolas James Group is pleased to announce that work is nearing an end on the development and opening of its new Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa at Ocean Village. The development marks a major milestone for the city, introducing Southampton’s first luxury five star standard hotel.

The hotel will include 85 bedrooms, an indulgent Harbour Spa, with gym and swimming pool, along with the group’s award-winning Jetty restaurant concept, featuring a luxurious rooftop Champagne Bar.

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A renowned London design house has been appointed to create luxury, nautical inspired interior concepts, with yacht chic décor and a coastal colour palette.

Alongside the hotel, the Nicolas James Group is developing 100 luxury residential apartments for sale, with water views and exclusive use of the hotel’s Harbour Spa.

www.southampton-harbour-hotel.co.uk

Black and White Hospitality

Black and White Hospitality extends hotel portfolio

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Black and White Hospitality has secured a new hotel management contract, and will now operate London’s newest concept venue, the independently owned New Road Hotel.

Known as the brand behind the Marco Pierre White Restaurant Group, this latest partnership joins an already impressive portfolio, which boasts the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Bristol South, Hotel Indigo Birmingham and the Hampton by Hilton Sheffield.

The New Road Hotel, due to open in October 2017, is located on the site of a former textile factory in Whitechapel, with an interior which reflects the venue’s past purpose and the heritage of the East End.

The boutique hotel is designed to target business commuters and young travellers alike, with exclusive suites including hot tubs aimed at the higher spenders, and more affordable rooms with large communal areas for those wanting a more sociable hotel experience.

The hotel’s concept will focus around stripped-back luxury, with exposed brick work, open lobby spaces flooded with light and five-star service. It’ll pride itself on high functionality and necessity instead of frills and opulence.

Securing the management contract of the New Road Hotel further shows Black and White Hospitality’s versatility, highlighting its desire to work with independent, unique sites such as this, as well as full service hotels with health clubs and spas. With the hospitality brand being synonymous with excellent dining experiences, the New Road Hotel will house London’s first Mr White’s English Chophouse, the Marco Pierre White franchise which specialises in quality cuts of British meat. The menu will focus around steaks, grills and chops.

Along with five Marco Pierre White restaurant franchises and its ever-growing hotel business, Black and White Hospitality also operates theclubandspa in both Birmingham and Bristol. Nick Taplin, CEO of Black and White Hospitality, said: “The New Road Hotel is definitely one of the most exciting and unique openings in the capital this autumn, and the hotel is a perfect fit for our brand. It’s so different to other spaces in London, and we can’t wait to open this October.

“The business is growing nationally at a fast pace, and winning the management contract for such a sought after location in one of the biggest cities in the world is a credit to the hard work we put in at every level of Black and White Hospitality.

“The other big news that comes with this opening is the launching of our Chophouse brand at the hotel. It’ll be the first time we’ve brought a Mr White’s English Chophouse to the capital, and with a sizeable menu of prime cuts of meat, we know the guests at the New Road Hotel won’t be leaving hungry,” he added.

For more information on the brands operated by Black and White Hospitality, visit www.blackandwhitehospitality.com

DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park completes extension

DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park completes extension

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Sheffield-based contractor JF Finnegan has completed a 36-bedroom extension to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park on Chesterfield Road in the city.

JF Finnegan built the original hotel 25 years ago and work has now completed on the new £3.2 million extension.

The extension to the existing hotel, located in a Sheffield suburb close to the Peak District, provides an additional 36 bedrooms split equally across three floors. Constructed at the far end of the car park near the hotel entrance, it is connected to the existing building at each floor level with access provided via a glazed link.

The works have increased the bedroom offer to 131 to accommodate guests and complement hotel facilities which include The Piano Bar and Restaurant, lounges, a health club, meeting & conference facilities, a beauty spa and swimming pool.

The former Sheffield Park Hotel reopened under the popular DoubleTree by Hilton brand in 2011 and is owned and operated by Vine Hotels. Gary Smith, Managing Director at JF Finnegan, said: “After constructing the original hotel more than 25 years ago, we were delighted to return to deliver the new extension. The new facilities have further enhanced this popular hotel and we are pleased to have continued our working relationship with Hilton.”

Andrew Rouse, Commercial Development Director at Vine Hotels, said: “Having originally acquired this hotel in 2012 and invested in upgrading the facilities to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand standards we are delighted to be investing in the expansion and growth of this popular local hotel. We have been happy to build on our successful working relationship with JF Finnegan who have now completed another excellent job.”

Alongside its varied and diverse contractual work portfolio, JF Finnegan has a long history of hotel construction, including the Hampton by Hilton 103 bedroom hotel in Oxford, the seven-storey Mercure Hotel in Edinburgh and the Holiday Inn Express hotels in central Sheffield and Bedford.

Franklin Ellis are Architect for the project, with Ridge Property & Construction Consultants as Engineer. Ben Dudley, associate partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “We are delighted to successfully complete this project at DoubleTree Sheffield with Vine Hotels and we’re really pleased to reveal the completed extension. Vine Hotels are well-established in the hotel sector and they own and operate a portfolio of high quality hotels. The DoubleTree at Sheffield was identified for investment focusing on the Hilton ethos of enhancing the guest experience.

“This extension consolidates the hotel as a premium conferencing and leisure offer serving South Yorkshire and the Midlands. We are proud to have been able to deliver the extension to a high-standard on behalf of Vine Hotels and Hilton.”

Bespoke Hotels is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to manage Harrogate’s historic Crown Hotel, furthering the company’s partnership with Singapore’s Fragrance Group

Bespoke Hotels appointed to manage The Crown Hotel, Harrogate

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Bespoke Hotels is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to manage Harrogate’s historic Crown Hotel, furthering the company’s partnership with Singapore’s Fragrance Group.

Set to become one of the leading lights within Bespoke Hotels’ expanding portfolio across Northern England, the Crown Hotel follows in the footsteps of Manchester’s Townhouse Hotel, which has also joined the Bespoke Hotels collection and been acquired by the Singaporean investors in what marks a significant expansion into the UK market.

With a history dating back over 300 years, the Crown Hotel sits amidst stunning surroundings and features 114 individually-styled guestrooms, as well as extensive events and meeting facilities. Standing as one of the foremost destinations in North Yorkshire, it is superbly located beside Valley Gardens, just a stone’s throw from the world-renowned Betty’s Team Rooms, Harrogate Convention Centre, and the town’s famed Turkish Baths. As such, the property offers an ideal base for those wishing to explore the countless boutiques and Victorian arcades that decorate this idyllic spa town.

“We are delighted to Welcome the Crown Hotel to the Bespoke family”, commented Haydn Fentum, CEO of Bespoke Hotels. “Harrogate is one of the foremost destinations in the region, attracting visitors from around the world, and we are tremendously excited by the potential of The Crown as part of this thriving market.”

“The acquisition of the Crown Hotel stands as a symbol of our investment and commitment to the UK market”, added James Koh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Fragrance Group Ltd. “We are pleased to be able to strengthen our relationship with Bespoke Hotels, particularly in such a popular and historic setting.”

Town House Chester Make-Over

Boutique hotel in Chester set for historical make-over

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A Chester boutique hotel is set to undergo a £250,000 transformation with an artistic nod to the city’s Roman past, with their new branding.

Bridge Street Townhouse, will soon be rebranded ‘The Townhouse’ and will have the iconic Roman soldier’s helmet, a bronze galea, as its new logo. The Townhouse, which is located in a Grade II listed Georgian building is situated within the historic Roman city walls, will see 30 of its bedrooms given a make-over with features of a real Georgian House coming to fruition.

Sumptuous fabrics will be paired with chic modern furniture and wall murals, as well as new flooring, bespoke lighting and a colour palette of teal, gold and grey. The boutique hotel will also see its gym and former offices transformed into a multi-roomed ‘Group Pad’, ideal for burgeoning hen and stag party market in the city.

An annex to the rear of the property, which can be hired exclusively and sleeps 24 people, will also see interior designer Patricia Hewlett’s influence.

She said: “Chester’s historical setting is so significant and something we wanted to treasure and embrace with the Townhouse refurbishment. We are in a beautifully designed Georgian townhouse so we also never wanted to be cliche or obvious when it came to the designs – it was important to keep it classic but modern at the same time and we can’t wait to unveil the results.”

The Townhouse will officially relaunch in November after the first phase of works is complete; which includes a redesign of the courtyard to the rear of the property and a new Roman-inspired lounge and breakfast area.

Steven Hesketh of Know Collection, who acquired the site in July said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to The Townhouse since we bought it – we’ve been inundated with new bookings and there’s rarely been a quiet day. What we want now is to bring it up to Know Collection standards – making it an individual business with its own unique identity with the help of our expert team who have a great eye for detail and a passion for bringing a brand to life.”

Works are expected to be completed in 2018.

Bespoke Hotels appointed to manage Manchester’s Townhouse Hotel

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Bespoke Hotels is delighted to announce that it has been appointed to oversee management of Manchester’s Townhouse Hotel. Set beside the city’s renowned Portland Street, the 85-bedroom property, itself a former cotton warehouse with a history dating back to the Industrial Revolution, has been acquired this month by Fragrance Group.

Set to feature within Bespoke Hotels’ portfolio alongside the award-winning Hotel Gotham, itself just a stone’s throw away in Central Manchester, The Townhouse Hotel forms part of a significantly expansion into the UK market by the Singaporean Fragrance Group. Purchased alongside a number of properties across the country, including The Palace Hotel in Torquay and Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel, the Townhouse is seen as a central pillar of their strategy, particularly given Manchester’s robust trading performance in recent years.

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“We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement to take The Townhouse under our wing”, commented Haydn Fentum, CEO of Bespoke Hotels. “Following on the heels of Hotel Gotham’s notable success, we have long been investigating means to further our commitment to Manchester and increase our presence within the city, with a historic property such as this providing the ideal vehicle through which to do so.”

“Bespoke Hotels have a proven track record across both Manchester and the wider UK market”, added James Koh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Fragrance Group Ltd. “The city forms a cornerstone of our UK investment strategy, and the Townhouse is a property that we view as having tremendous potential within this. We are excited to be investing in Manchester at a time when it is rapidly establishing itself as one of the foremost destinations in Europe, both commercially and in the eyes of tourists.”

Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel reveals latest renovation

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Following the renovation of The George suite, the launch of the brand new lobby concept, the addition of the Curious Tavern and Lost Property the secret bar. Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel now reveals its brand new bedrooms.

After months of exploration and innovative design work by The Curious Design Company, Mercure Nottingham is proud to showcase the brand new concepts, fitted by Flagship shop fitters of Mansfield, enabling the ultimate experience for the discerning traveller. In keeping with the hotels historical elements of traditional English heritage, the new areas take their cue from the design concept of The Old George period elements with a modern twist, allowing the setting of luxury yet comfort.

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The hotel’s design aesthetics are inspired by the building’s historic role as the first hotel in Nottingham. Strong colours, textured fabrics and up cycled furniture are artfully combined to balance the grand with the contemporary.

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Daniel Brown, Managing Director of The Curious Design Company said, “Without rules, directive board or address, we wanted to ensure the property’s history prevails throughout with classical features showcasing the grandeur of its time.”

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The brand new design plays homage to traditional English style incorporating bespoke surprises in each room; Whilst modern hospitality services and amenities, such as complimentary 24-hour Wi-Fi connection, Nespresso coffee machines and a 24 hour gym are sure to make every guests’ stay at Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel truly extraordinary.

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Five to Watch: Best UK country house hotels

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As summer comes to a close, the cosy winter months close in. With this in mind, Hotel Designs profiles five of our favourite country house hotels across the UK…

Gravetye Manor, Sussex
“The 17 bedrooms and suites at Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead are named after tree species found on the estate. Rich fabrics, fine antiques and hand crafted beds emphasise the classical beauty of the interiors, whilst floral themes bring the garden into the manor. All our rooms are individually furnished, providing the highest standards of comfort and are all equipped with flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations.” (Image: www.gravetyemanor.co.uk)

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Chewton Glen, Hampshire

“Chewton Glen is a quintessentially English, privately owned luxury Country House Hotel & Spa on the fringe of the New Forest. With some of England’s most stunning countryside rolling up around us and the calmness of the sea just moments away, Chewton Glen is an idyllic escape. You wouldn’t know we’re a mere two hours from London, easily reached by rail, air and road when you’re here, in such a tranquil setting. Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton are also nearby.” (Image: www.chewtonglen.com)

Image: https://www.chewtonglen.com/Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire
“Beyond the magnificent facade of the Mansion House which greets guests on arrival, lies a 5-star hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, which is like no other in the Home Counties. However, guests quickly discover that behind the imposing grandeur of Luton Hoo, the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming…” (Main Image Top: www.lutonhoo.co.uk)

Judges, Yarm, Yorkshire
“Judges Country House Hotel is an AA 4 Star Country House Hotel. Consistently rated by “The Good Hotel Guide”, particularly recommended by the Michelin Guide and praised by both “The Times”, “The Sunday Times” and “The Telegraph” newspapers Judges is one of the finest hotels and restaurants not only in North Yorkshire but also in the United Kingdom as a whole.” (Image: judgeshotel.co.uk)Image: https://judgeshotel.co.uk/

Askham Hall, Cumbria
“Award-winning Askham Hall is a place to stay and relax in a secluded part of the Lake District – the newest World Heritage Site. 17 bedrooms and a restaurant in the house. A converted ancient oak beamed party barn. A spa, hot tub and outdoor pool. Acres of grounds with beautiful surroundings in the heart of Cumbria’s Lowther Estate. A luxurious, intimate, unpretentious home from home awaits.” (Image: www.askhamhall.co.uk)

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Hilton Garden Inn opens at Manchester Emirates Old Trafford

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Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton’s award-winning mid-scale brand, has announced the opening of the 150-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford, the brand’s first property in the city of Manchester.

The state-of-the-art hotel is on-site at the renowned Emirates Old Trafford venue – home to Lancashire County Cricket Club, which hosts domestic and international cricket,
conferences and events and concerts for up to 50,000 people.

Of the 150 guestrooms, 85 overlook the world-famous cricket pitch, 80 of which have balconies. On match days, some of these rooms will be converted to hospitality boxes, offering unbeatable views for spectators.

Within the hotel, each guest room boasts the brand’s signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room “hospitality centre” with a mini fridge.

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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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Room 2 has announced the development of a new apart-hotel in Southampton, with a focus on design, comfort and value

Room 2 to open design-led aparthotel in Southampton

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Room 2 has announced the development of a new apart-hotel in Southampton, with a focus on design, comfort and value.

The venue billed as the design hotel for the modern traveller, offers 71 studio rooms, and is located on 1-8 Queens Terrace in Southampton. The hotel is due to be completed by March 2018, with a further site planned to open in London next year.

1504 Room 2 Southampton LoungeFollowing the inaugural 2016 launch of Room 2 in West London, once again the approach strips the attitude out of the design hotel market, while offering flexible apartment style rooms and a focus on friendly, community living ideal for long and short-term business and leisure stays.

1504 Room 2 Southampton LoungeDesigned by Project Orange – the Shoreditch based architectural firm and design studio – the design takes advantage of large floor to ceiling heights. Raised sleeping decks and interior features echo the nostalgia of the golden age of cruise liners, a nod towards the importance of Southampton in cross-Atlantic travel.

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Room 2 combines a design hotel aesthetic with ‘home comforts’ including kitchen, work table, rainfall showers, free wifi, screen mirroring TV, king sized beds and air conditioning. In addition to this, a selection of rooms feature ‘mezzanine top decks’ for flexible stays accommodating families, children and sharers.

The public area offers a flexible ground floor, designed as a space to work, meet and relax. A grab and go coffee bar operates during the day and turns into a bar in the evening.

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Robert Godwin (28), founder of Room 2 and MD of property business Lamington Group, said: “We’re really excited to bring to Southampton what we feel is the first truly stylish hotel space, taking the best of the emerging design hotel sector, and designing memorable guest experiences tailored to both both long and short stays. We see a big need for high quality accommodation in the city, and we aim to deliver it.”

The brand has been designed to meet the changing needs of the modern business and leisure traveller, whilst offering home comforts with great service and great comfort.

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New Road Hotel

Hotel Concept Focus: New Road Hotel to open in Whitechapel, October 2017

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New Road Hotel will be opening its doors in Whitechapel, London, in Q4 2017. Inspired by the increased popularity for social living and accessible luxury, the new concept hotel will be offering guests everything they need, and nothing they don’t. Independently owned, this 80-room boutique hotel with an edgy flair will fit perfectly into the East London scene.

On New Road Hotel’s doorstep is Shoreditch, famed for its buzzing bars and restaurants, and Aldgate is just moments away, the centre of London business. New Road Hotel’s concept will focus around stripped-back luxury and necessity, bringing guests together in their welcoming lobby spaces and perfecting the finer details of service, comfort, and food, down to a tee.

New Road Hotel is a true passion project for owners Monsur, Masrur, and Moksud Malik. The brothers decided to build New Road Hotel on the site of an old textile factory, formerly known as Service House, where their father once worked. Since its closure in 2000, the building has remained empty, until 2011 when the family decided to convert it into a hotel. Following a multi-million-pound investment, New Road Hotel is now almost ready to open its doors to the public. The hotel’s interior design and open plan architecture reflects both its heritage and location within London’s famous East End, where the garment trade boomed in the 1960s. With exposed brickwork, open lobby spaces flooded with light, and incredible views of London’s skyline, New Road Hotel will be a London hotel with a difference. The focus will be on sleek and efficient design, five-star service, and high functionality over frills and opulence.

New Road HotelIt’s no secret that space is at a premium in today’s London. New Road Hotel will tackle this with a clever combination of compact yet practical rooms and communal open spaces where guests are encouraged to work and socialise. Whether popping out of their room for a hot drink or snack; squeezing in a few productive hours on the laptop; or getting into some healthy competition with fellow guests on the pool table, the three lobbies (one on each floor) will have everything guests need to feel entertained in their home away from home. Hotel guests are no longer confined to their bedrooms with New Road Hotel’s exciting new concept!

The hotel’s simple yet elegant bedrooms will promise the utmost in comfort and cosiness, focused around getting the best night’s sleep possible. Features will include black out blinds, soft Fine Bedding Company sheets, and no whirring fridges or flashing lights to keep guests awake. For those wanting to add a little more to their in-room experience, exclusive loft rooms will boast indulgent hot tubs for evenings overlooking all the sights of London from this prime location.

No hotel is complete without a famous chef taking the reins at the signature restaurant, and New Road Hotel is excited to be working with Marco Pierre White to open Mr White’s English Chophouse. Combining his Italian heritage with his passion for the New York food scene, Marco will be serving up only the best cuts of meat cooked to perfection to hungry Londoners. The Chophouse will also be open for breakfast, or if guests are in a hurry they can still indulge in a delicious yet speedy start to the day with a bowl of cereal in the lobby’s Cereal Grind.

Making its mark as part of the ongoing regeneration of the Tower Hamlets and Whitechapel area, New Road Hotel is set to be East London’s hottest opening this year. Offering an alternative to the traditional five-star offering with its laid-back, inclusive concept, New Road Hotel will attract everyone from business commuters to young travellers wanting a more sociable hotel experience.

www.newroadhotel.co.uk

Lancashire’s Barton Grange Hotel has certainly not rested on its success in the last few years. Having invested £670 000 in the last three years into upgrading its bedrooms, corridors and main events space - the Barton Suite, the Hotel has announced this week that owners have added a further £250 000 into upgrades at the Hotel

Lancashire’s Barton Grange ‘blooming’ after investment

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Lancashire’s Barton Grange Hotel has certainly not rested on its success in the last few years. Having invested £670 000 in the last three years into upgrading its bedrooms, corridors and main events space – the Barton Suite, the Hotel has announced this week that owners have added a further £250 000 into upgrades at the Hotel.

The Hotel has just completed refurbishment to its eight guest rooms in the adjacent Garden House, which is now offered to guests wishing to book larger groups into the Hotel such as for a private party, wedding or conference, or those just looking for extra privacy and a unique garden view during their stay.

Brides and grooms with weddings at the Hotel or companies staging a business event can also now take advantage of a newly landscaped ‘wedding’ garden. Designed by the Hotel’s sister company, the Barton Grange Landscapes, the gardens have been manicured with new shrubs, flowers, paving and lighting, to offer couples the option of hosting an al-fresco wedding drinks reception. Of course, not exclusively the realm of wedding guests, the space has the capacity to hold up to 200 people for a private drinks party or corporate cocktail evening, and can be a venue for a marquee seating 240 people.

Lancashire’s Barton Grange Hotel has certainly not rested on its success in the last few years. Having invested £670 000 in the last three years into upgrading its bedrooms, corridors and main events space - the Barton Suite, the Hotel has announced this week that owners have added a further £250 000 into upgrades at the Hotel.Lounge area renovations are also complete. With a warm, contemporary style mind, the lounge can now accommodate up to 30 guests for morning coffees, pre-dinner cocktails or night-caps, and adds a welcoming space to relax or meet friends at the Hotel’s entrance.

With general manager Daniel Rich at the helm for the past three years, the Hotel has already seen steady growth resulting from the upgrading of accommodation and meeting spaces, and improved marketing and management – but plans go further.

Lancashire’s Barton Grange Hotel has certainly not rested on its success in the last few years. Having invested £670 000 in the last three years into upgrading its bedrooms, corridors and main events space - the Barton Suite, the Hotel has announced this week that owners have added a further £250 000 into upgrades at the Hotel
The Hotel is now expanding its leisure offering, with the addition of a spa treatment services to its current indoor pool and gym. Two new treatment rooms will provide a range of therapeutic, beauty and salon treatments. This will be available to Hotel guests, people living locally and an exclusive club membership from early 2018.

Commenting on the development programme Daniel Rich, general manager said: “The final stages of the changes are about ensuring that the Hotel is very much the ‘go to’ destination for event organisers, wedding couples and leisure visitors to the local area.’

Lancashire’s Barton Grange Hotel has certainly not rested on its success in the last few years. Having invested £670 000 in the last three years into upgrading its bedrooms, corridors and main events space - the Barton Suite, the Hotel has announced this week that owners have added a further £250 000 into upgrades at the Hotel‘The opening of our leisure club’s spa services will give us scope to expand our customer base even further. At the moment it is a strong, growth sector and will enable the Hotel to attract a wider range of leisure travellers, as well as offering a greater service to our wedding couples and corporate clients looking for incentive breaks and bespoke ‘away-days’.’

Daniel added: ‘We are particularly delighted that we were able to use local tradespeople to help with the work carried out. Our philosophy has always been to source locally wherever we can, and this refurbishment has been no exception – from architects to builders, painters and decorators to flooring, and spa therapists to garden landscapers….all from Lancashire.’

“We are continuing to build on our success as the year progresses, with a growth in our events business of 20%, and our accommodation continues to show a strong performance with average room rates up by 10% on last year. These are firm foundations on which to continue to develop the business and I am confident that the investment in further upgrades at the Hotel will play a huge part in seeing the Hotel achieve greater success moving forwards.’

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Stanley House completes considerable five-figure investment

Stanley House completes considerable five-figure investment

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The award-winning Stanley House Hotel and Spa, Mellor, has unveiled the second part of its five-figure renovation project.

The investment includes an extensive refurbishment of the multi-purpose function rooms, The Stables and The Lodge, while the hotel’s bridal suites and a further two Manor House bedrooms have undergone complete transformation, offering guests four elegant Manor House suites.

The two function rooms, used for weddings, private events and for business conferences, have been furnished to the highest standards, with a new light, soft, feminine colour scheme breathing new life into the suites to strike a chord with brides-to-be, while the bar’s seating area even boasts horse print upholstery velvet from Mulberry Home.


Meanwhile, the Manor House’s Grade II listed status has led to a tasteful restoration of the rooms, meaning many of the building’s original features – enchanting wooden beams and exposed stonework – remain.

The renovation means the Manor House rooms have been brought up to a standard in line with the international class of the hotel’s Woodlands and Spa building. Some of the rooms feature an opulent bold and rich colour palette, roll top baths add even more luxury, while the original windows hold snug seats, offering unrivalled views out to the rolling Ribble Valley countryside.

The project has been led by Lake District-based interior designer, Sarah Jane Nielsen, renowned for work at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London’s Mayfair. Her hotel portfolio, includes the creation of the Spa lodges and Gilpin Spice at the Lake District’s Gilpin Lodge. This work gained national recognition, winning the prize for ‘Hotel Interiors’ at the United Kingdom Property Awards 2016-17.

Sarah Jane Nielsen, of Sarah Jane Nielsen Ltd, added: “When I first viewed the Manor House I was spellbound with its potential. There could be no more romantic a venue for the bride and her entourage to preen, gloss and enjoy the preparation process for the big day.

“I wanted to inject a contemporary design edge to the property to excite the guest, but still hold on to its sophisticated intrigue with elegance in this age of building. The rooms had to be personal, comfortable and hugely inspiring in line with the enchantment of the building.

“In the Stables, a neutral, soft colour scheme has been selected to enable brides to feel that the space is their own and can be transformed to suit any style or theme of wedding. The elegantly muted colour scheme is tasteful and sophisticated and will melt into the background but can also hold its own for brides who do not wish to dress the room. Our entire scheme was chosen with this flexibility in mind.

“A contrast of soft grey and fresh white keeps the Lodge space bright and light. An accent of deep green is earthy and grounding, bringing the outside in by reflecting the view of the gardens out of the expansive windows and French doors.”

Bride and grooms to be will get to take in the newly renovated function suites at the upcoming wedding open day on Sunday, September 17, seeing how the room could look on their big day, while the completed bedrooms will also be available for guests to view.

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Windermere hotel Ellerthwaite Lodge sells off-market for £1m

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Ellerthwaite Lodge, a four-star bed and breakfast located within walking distance of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, has been successfully sold, achieving a price in excess of £1 million.

The 19th century property which comprises 17 en-suite bedrooms, a dining room, and ground floor coffee shop was sold off-market by Alastair Rushton, of Lonsdale Hotels Limited to Jonathan Denby at South Lakes Hotels.

Jonathan Denby, managing director of South Lakes Hotels said: “I’m delighted to add this exceptional property to our existing portfolio bringing the group total to six Lake District hotels, all of which benefit from the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

“We aim to continue the excellent standards set by the previous owner Alastair Rushton. Our plans are to operate the business on an all-year-round basis, catering for both national and international guests.”

Alistair Greenhalgh, a director at LSH Hotels, which represented the seller during the sale, said: “Ellerthwaite Lodge is an attractive 19th century property which benefits from a superb corner plot and a honey pot trading location, which makes it a very appealing investment opportunity.

“This sale highlights an increasing trend for well-qualified purchasers returning to the leisure market to acquire correctly priced assets that offer a good reliable income, and strong growth opportunities. We are currently in contact with a number of buyers looking for similar opportunities.”

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Luxury hotel invests in Pilkington glass for new spa complex

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Rudding Park near Harrogate is one of the most highly regarded hotels in the UK, offering luxurious accommodation in a Grade-I listed regency house, set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland.

So, when the hotel management decided to add a new luxury spa complex, the emphasis was on creating a world-class experience for visitors.

Architectural practice Enjoy Design was appointed to design the spa, and the result is a three-storey complex that includes 11 treatment rooms, a 17m swimming pool, a juniper log sauna, indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a restaurant and shop.

Project: New spa complex at Rudding Park, Harrogate
Client: Rudding Park
Architect: Enjoy Design
Main contractor: Henry Boot Construction
Specialist glazing contractor: HW Architectural

A major feature of the design is its light-filled relaxation spaces, which can be used all-year-round, despite the colder winters and unreliable summers in the north of England. These include a ground-floor area surrounded on three sides by floor-to-ceiling glass, as well as a fully-glazed rooftop spa and garden.

The rooftop spa features an indoor-outdoor infinity pool, where guests can swim between the open and enclosed areas via a waterproof automatic door. A herbal steam bath, luxury steam room, panoramic experience showers and relaxing foot spa enhance the spa journey, whilst outside a spa bath and cabin sauna complete the experience.

Rudding Park Spa - Pilkington glassThe double-glazed sauna units incorporate Pilkington Suncool™ 66/33, a high performance solar control glass that helps to reduce transmission of energy from the sun to just 33 per cent, while allowing 66 per cent light transmission. This means that occupants can enjoy uninterrupted views of the grounds in a comfortable environment, whatever the season.

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The glass was installed using minimalistic aluminium frames from manufacturer Metal Technology, which sit flush together and give the appearance of frameless glazing externally.

Gregg Mitchell, director at Enjoy Design, said: “We set out to create a spa facility that is cutting edge, and which would impress the most seasoned spa visitors from around the world.


“Being able to relax on a lounger, looking out over an infinity pool at the stunning grounds beyond, in the depths of an English winter is something pretty special, and part of what makes this new spa genuinely world-class.

“The high performance solar control glass from Pilkington has allowed us to create this amazing space without compromising on the energy performance of the building.”

Michael Metcalfe, commercial sales manager at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, said: “For buildings where much of the envelope is glazed, excessive heat build-up will always be a potential concern. Solar control glass can make a significant difference by cutting the amount of solar energy entering the space, allowing the climate to be controlled much more efficiently.

“As a result, occupants can enjoy the feeling of being bathed in daylight, whether it’s July or December.”

Concept Hotel Focus: Lifesize LEGO hotel completed at Windsor

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The new 61 bedroom LEGOLAND Castle Hotel opens straight on to the LEGOLAND theme park, offering guests a completely immersive LEGO® experience.

Award winning architecture and interiors practice, The Manser Practice, was commissioned by Merlin Entertainments Ltd to design and deliver the ultimate LEGO family hotel, as well as extension works to the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel facilities at the resort.

With the aim of achieving an enchanted life-size LEGO themed castle for guests to stay in, the ‘LEGO Castle’ range was used as inspiration for the colour scheme and material choices for the project as well as the bespoke facade. Vital to the scheme was the need for guests to feel that they have been transported to a LEGO world.

Concept Hotel Focus: Lifesize LEGO hotel completed at Windsor
The design and layout were critical in achieving this, enabling the hotel to smoothly operate without guests being aware of what is going on ‘behind the scenes.’ From the moment guests approach the drawbridge they become part of the LEGOLAND Castle Story. Chris Jeffcoate, Associate Director at The Manser Practice, said: “The LEGO theming has been considered at every stage and is truly woven into the fabric of the building. We worked closely alongside Merlin Magic Making to coordinate the project from
inception to completion, harmonising layouts and design and build elements with the artistic theming and interior design to ensure that every construction detail would work with custom graphic wallpaper and complex 3D theming. It was essential to understand how children and adults would use and react to the space.”

The complexity of the internal theming presented a challenge for co-ordination of services and structure. Whether in the grand entrance, the restaurant or the bedrooms, each and every element, from light fittings and grilles to FF&E and finishes, has been carefully chosen to tie in with the LEGO brand and colour palette to ensure that the fantasy is fully maintained. Durable furniture selection was also necessary given the intense everyday use by children.

A fully bespoke Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) cladding system was developed by The Manser Practice for the façade of the building. The cladding gives the impression that the hotel has been constructed of 25x scale LEGO bricks – meaning a scale replica could in fact be built from LEGO. This GRC system was created from tessellating panels formed off site in a predesigned mould which are worked to strict LEGO brick proportions and replicates a unique stonework texture.

The hotel also features a Grand Entrance Hall and a full serviced ‘Tournament Tavern restaurant.

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”

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Grey Street Hotel unveils results of £1.2m development

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An historic hotel at the heart of Newcastle’s most prestigious street has unveiled the results of a £1.2m development.

Grade II-listed Grey Street hotel, on one of the most famous Regency streets in Britain, has come to the end of an 18-month phased refurbishment by its owner, North East hospitality heavyweight, Malhotra Group plc.

And, it is now set to become one of the city’s most prominent hospitality venues for corporate, leisure and spa visitors alike. The hotel – which retains a number of historically significant features such as art nouveau tiling and mosaic flooring – remained open throughout the development which began with the transformation of its 49 en-suite bedrooms.

Grey Street Hotel in Newcastle. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Grey Street Hotel in Newcastle. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Each has been individually styled to combine contemporary luxury with unique tributes to the city’s heritage. Decorated in a monochromatic scheme with accents of teal, green, pink or purple, each room has a feature wall bearing a large-scale image of a Tyneside landmark – including the neighbouring Theatre Royal – or figure, such as Earl Grey, from whom the street and hotel take their name.

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There have also been changes to the hotel’s layout, including the relocation of the entrance and the creation of All About You, an urban beauty retreat in the upper basement.

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For corporate customers, the hotel’s main conference room, the Monument Suite, has been extended to hold up to 100 people and can be divided into smaller spaces, while a smaller meeting room, The Snug, holding up to six people, has been created for private events.

Grey Street Hotel in Newcastle. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Grey Street Hotel in Newcastle. Picture: DAVID WOOD

“This development goes way beyond cosmetic,” said Atul Malhotra, operations director at The Malhotra Group. “We’ve taken an entirely fresh look at the space to widen its appeal to residents and non-residents alike and to ensure it is as attractive to the city’s business community and spa-goers as it is to those visiting from outside the region.

“Our challenge has been in providing the standard of luxury and comfort today’s hotel visitors expect, while respecting the building’s historical and architectural significance and I am confident we have achieved this,” he added.

www.greystreethotel.co.uk

The LaLiT London

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World welcomes The Lalit London

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World is delighted to announce The LaLiT London as the latest addition to its collection of small, independently owned hotels in the UK capital.

The hotel, which is now available to book via the SLH website, opened in February 2017 and is the first overseas venture for New Delhi-based hotel company The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group.

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The LaLiT London sees the transformation of a derelict Grade II listed building into a 70-room luxury boutique hotel following a five-year restoration, and combines original Victorian features with custom-made Indian interiors and modern technology. Once home to St Olave’s Grammar School, there are nods to the building’s history throughout, most notably in the striking paneled Great Hall, two bars located in the former Teachers’ Room and the Headmaster’s Room and some guestrooms which boast 30 ft ceilings. The dramatic great hall is home to pan-Indian restaurant Baluchi.


Daniel Luddington, Vice President of Development at SLH says: “SLH now has nine hotels in London, so any new hotel we add to the collection here has to be something really special. The LaLiT London offers extraordinary attention to detail and craftsmanship as well as a modern take on Indian fine dining. A stone’s throw away from Tower Bridge and the Southbank, we are excited to offer the SLH community our first luxury experience south of the River Thames.”

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Arun Kumar, General Manager of The LaLiT says, “We are delighted to be part of SLH, for us they incorporate the same core values to drive unique one of a kind experiences for guests, with a personal touch that leaves a lasting impression. Our London hotel is an incredibly special hotel to the family and its staff, and joining the SLH family feels like the perfect partnership in a portfolio of so many incredible hotels.”

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Victory House, London Leicester Square – MGallery by Sofitel

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Victory House, London Leicester Square – MGallery By Sofitel is set to soft launch in August 2017 with the official opening in September 2017.

Overlooking London’s famous Leicester Square, Victory House offers 86 stylish and contemporary bedrooms which are sound-proofed for a cosy, boutique hotel experience. The property’s unparalleled location provides guests with privileged access to the capital’s world-renowned cinema scene and a front row seat to Leicester Square’s film premieres in the heart of the West End.

Located on the ground floor, the hotel will feature restaurant Petit Bistro which offers French-inspired cuisine using local produce and cocktails. Led by acclaimed restaurateurs, Ed Baines and Jamie Poulton (founders of Randall and Aubin), Petit Bistro offers chic, modern dining in an informal setting. Petit Bistro provides alfresco dining in the summer months, making it the perfect spot to relax and watch the world go by.

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The hotel is within walking distance of Soho, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and St. James, as well as London’s key historic landmarks such as the National Gallery and Somerset House. Designed by renowned architects Michealis Boyd, who have previously worked with Soho House Group to create lavish interiors for Soho Farmhouse and Babington House, the hotel’s rich cinematic history has been meticulously integrated into the design. Each room features 1950s film icons with black and white art deco interiors and soft teal, grey and beige furnishings, to create a quiet haven in the buzz of London’s cinema district. Black and white 1950s movie stars feature in the hotel’s corridors, as well as silent 1950s movies that are projected in the lift and lobby.

The building’s 19th century terracotta façade showcases the hotel’s rich heritage as a historic icon within the ever-evolving Leicester Square. Originally designed and built in the early French Renaissance style in 1898 by leading theatre designer Walter Emden, Victory House was previously known as Hôtel de l’Europe with a Parisian brasserie renowned as a popular dining spot in the West End.

Victory House, London Leicester Square – MGallery by SofitelVictory House, London Leicester Square is managed by Bespoke Hotels, owned by Criterion Capital and represents a new flagship for MGallery and its fifth property in the UK.

Michael North, Head of Hotels at Criterion Capital, commented on the opening: “We are proud to be working with Accor on our first hotel opening of the year. For this prime location, it was essential for us to partner with a brand that offered a strong global presence without sacrificing our objectives to create an original and innovative hotel experience. MGallery By Sofitel offers us the flexibility we needed to create memorable stays for our guests in a boutique environment. This opening is a significant strategic investment for Criterion Capital. We have a series of hotels scheduled to open in rapid succession across Prime Central London.”


Aiden McAuley, SVP Operations LUXE Europe at Accorhotels, said: “Victory House, London Leicester Square is the latest addition to the MGallery portfolio and a new flagship hotel for the brand. With its rich heritage and unparalleled views overlooking London’s cinematic hub, the property provides a unique offering in the heart of the West End and a cosy retreat in the buzz of the city. This year will also see the wider expansion of the brand with new openings in Europe and the Middle East.”

www.sofitel.com

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Wiltshire Council resolve to grant permission for new Longleat Hotel

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Longleat’s plans to build a new 240 room hotel, with water park and business conference facilities on the edge of its Estate near Warminster have been approved by Wiltshire Council, subject to views of Highways England on the impact of the proposal to the strategic road network.

The approval provides a green light for the development which, it is anticipated, will further boost the local economy and create 300 new jobs, while providing much-needed additional family orientated hotel accommodation in the area.

Bob Montgomery, the CEO of Longleat Enterprises Limited which manages the commercial development of the Estate assets, said: “The decision to approve our application is a huge boost to Longleat’s long term future, for Wiltshire and our local town and village communities.

“We’ve still a little way to go and are working to secure Highway England’s final view on the impact of our proposals to the strategic road network in the area, but are confident this will be concluded soon.

“We believe the hotel will enable Longleat to develop and grow over the coming years and will provide a new tourism hub for the area which will create many more jobs and attract new investment,” he added.

With over 40% of its one million annual visitors driving for more than two hours to see its attractions, including the world-famous Safari Park, the management at Longleat, headed by Viscount Weymouth, believe the new hotel will secure the sustainability of the Estate with its Grade 1 listed Elizabethan house, Capability Brown and Humphry Repton Heritage Parkland.

Located on a 135-acre site to the south and south east of Tascroft Court, and close to Warminster and the A36, the proposed hotel will also incorporate a unique and intimate animal experience for its guests and much needed business conference facilities for up to 200 delegates.

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STR Case Study: Impact of terrorism on UK hotel performance

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A number of people have asked themselves how the recent tragedies in the UK might have affected the market’s hotels. While there is still not a long enough range of data to draw any definitive conclusions, STR thought it important to take this opportunity to look into it in some detail.

According to STR figures, the UK hotel market has experienced a strong start to 2017, with year-over-year RevPAR growth of 6.5% as of April year-to-date data. As evidenced by March data from VisitBritain, the country has seen an influx of arrivals, thanks in large part to the devaluation of the pound following the Brexit vote last June.

Terror Attacks Chart = terrorism impact on UK hotel industryNow, questions have emerged around the sustainability of this performance, following the recent terrorist attacks in the country. Earlier reports have suggested an impact on visitor numbers to attractions in the UK. It is reasonable to expect a negative impact on hotel performance given the unthinkable tragedies the country has experienced over the past several months. The UK maintained performance growth without much disruption following the March Westminster and May Manchester attacks, but it is still too early to fully gauge the effects of the 3 June attack at London Bridge or the 18 June attack at Finsbury Park, though some insights are available for the former.

ManchesterAn initial analysis from the Manchester attack shows that the city’s hotels experienced a minor year-over-year dip in occupancy (-1.9%) the day after the attack, before returning to growth the following day, 25 May (+2.7% to 79.8%). Following that date, performance has fluctuated due to other factors, including the hosting of the U20 Rugby Championship.

Terror Attacks Chart = terrorism impact on UK hotel industryDaily figures suggest that the London Bridge attack may be impacting the UK capital’s performance more significantly than previous attacks this year have. Preliminary data shows that performance started to decline on Wednesday 7 June, with both occupancy and ADR declining in a year-over-year comparison. The sharpest declines were seen on Thursday 8 June, with an 11% drop in occupancy and a 4% drop in ADR. However, these decreases may be in part a reflection of the comparison with the time of the EULAR medical congress last year.

In closing, STR again stresses that it is essential to analyse a longer time period and more complete data set before drawing definitive conclusions. Specifically in London, hotels have shown resilience during difficult times in the past.

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North of England welcomes Hampton by Hilton Humberside Airport property

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its newest property at Humberside Airport, North East Lincolnshire. The 100-room Hampton by Hilton property, joins the brands UK portfolio of 22 properties.

Hampton by Hilton Humberside Airport offers guests value-added amenities such as a free, hot breakfast featuring delicious waffles and seasonal offerings. Additionally,
guests can take advantage of its complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hampton by Hilton has long been known for its unique and unmatched approach to hospitality. Team members proudly exhibit a unique culture described as ‘Hamptonality’. This term is defined by each hotel’s approach to friendly customer service, anticipation of guests’ needs, and establishing an authentic, friendly and caring culture.

Guests can benefit from two meeting rooms that are on offer at Hampton by Hilton Humberside Airport, suitable for up to 40 delegates each with natural daylight. An onsite fitness centre with state of the art cardio and strength equipment is also available, along with a 24/7 snack hub.

The team at Apex City of Bath Hotel is celebrating yet another milestone as the grand opening of the new £35 million property approaches.

Apex City of Bath Hotel celebrates milestone moment, big reveal

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The team at Apex City of Bath Hotel is celebrating yet another milestone as the grand opening of the new £35 million property approaches.

Contractors have removed the final piece of scaffolding around the hotel’s façade, revealing the building – constructed using Bath stone – in all its glory.

Just over 1,000 tonnes of Base Bed Stone, sourced from Stoke Mill Mine just outside Bath, was used in the hotel’s construction.

The removal gives locals and visitors to the historic city the first full glimpse of the 177-bed property, which will be Bath’s largest hotel.

Tim O’Sullivan, General Manager of Apex City of Bath Hotel, said: “Construction on the hotel began just under two years ago, so the scaffolding coming down marks a significant milestone on our journey towards opening to the public.

“We’re entering the final countdown, and it’s fantastic to finally see the façade – which is covered with more than two-thousand square feet of Bath stone – in its full glory. We’re looking forward to welcoming locals and visitors inside to see what lies in store once we’re officially opened.”

Opening in August, the four-star Apex City of Bath Hotel will boast 177 bedrooms, restaurant, bar, gymnasium and pool alongside Bath’s only city centre conference facility for up to 400 guests. The hotel is ideally located within easy reach of tourist destinations, and just five minutes’ walk from the world famous Roman Baths.

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IHG signs another Hotel Indigo® in London

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Hotel Indigo® London – One Leicester Square. The hotel marks IHG’s debut presence in Leicester Square and continues the growth of the Hotel Indigo brand as its fourth property in London and eleventh in the UK.

Due to open in late 2017, the hotel, based in one of London’s busiest hubs, will feature 95 guest rooms, each with a design reflecting the local area. Leicester Square, a melting pot for the all things cinematic and theatrical at the heart of London’s West End there is an artistic flair prominently in the neighbourhood; which is reflected in the hotel’s design.

The hotel will have a destination rooftop bar and restaurant designed to take full advantage of the amazing views of central London. The design of the hotel will be influenced by the existing property’s art deco stylings combined with the theatrics of the surrounding Leicester Square areas and its varied heritage cinemas. Guests will also have access to a gym and working spaces that can be used for meetings.

IHG Indigo Leicester SquareThe hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Criterion Capital and will be the operator’s first venture with the franchise partner.

IHG has signed eight Hotel Indigo properties across Europe. There are currently 21 Hotel Indigo hotels open and 18 in the pipeline across Europe. Additional signings include:
• Hotel Indigo® Milan – Corso Monforte, due to open in early 2018, this 55-guest room converted historic palace is situated in the city centre.
• Hotel Indigo® Dundee, due to open in mid-2018, this 96-room property will be the owner’s first IHG branded hotel.
• Hotel Indigo® Frankfurt: One of the largest Hotel Indigo properties in Europe, this 236-guest room property is due to open in early 2019.
• Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Victoria Station is due to open in early 2019, and will 187-guest room property
• Hotel Indigo® The Hague – Royal Palace will be the owners eighth IHG brand in their portfolio.
• Hotel Indigo® Dresden – Wettiner Platz is due to open in late 2018 and will operate under a franchise agreement. The 132 roomed property is perfectly located in centre of Dresden and the design will mimic the music neighbourhood where it sits.
• Due to open in later 2018, Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Piccadilly Gardens will operate under a franchise agreement with Cairn Hotel Group and will house 139 rooms
• The 45-guest room Hotel Indigo® Belgrade is set to open in late 2019.

Hotel Indigo® Warsaw – Nowy Swiat opened in May this year and Hotel Indigo® The Hague – Royal Palace and Hotel Indigo® London – Aldgate are due to open later this year.

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Dernier & Hamlyn’s luxury lighting at The Langham London

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The Langham London in the heart of the city’s West end is an architectural icon that was Europe’s first Grand Hotel when it opened in 1865.

The Wigmore, its new modern British tavern with interiors by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, features bespoke lighting from Dernier & Hamlyn’s London factory including a spectacular 27 arm chandelier some 2m high and 2m across. The chandelier has been designed to be a luxurious, contemporary interpretation of traditional London pub lighting and was hand cast in brass and hand finished in antique bronze by Dernier & Hamlyn’s team of artisans.

They also produced beautiful wall lights that feature handblown ribbed glass globes fitted to individually cast and finished back plates.

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio says: “We invariably choose Dernier & Hamlyn for bespoke lighting when quality, design integrity and attention to detail are vital. With a commission as important as this, their specialist skills and extensive experience were essential and we and The Langham are delighted with the results.”

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Hardwick Hall in overhaul of conference facilities

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A leading north east hotel is taking care of business for its corporate clients with a range of classic – and newly refurbished – rooms available as part of its conference and events offering.

Hardwick Hall Hotel near Sedgefield – part of Ramside Estates – is one of the region’s most popular business and event venues, hosting a wide variety of events, conferences, awards and charity balls, with rooms catering for 10 to 1500 people.

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And now, the hotel is hoping to entice more conference and meeting organisers, following a £150,000 refurbishment to one of its leading function rooms – part of an ongoing £350,000 refurbishment which will see the hotel’s bedrooms, bars and boardrooms redecorated.

The Coleman Suite, which can take up to 380 seated guests, underwent the £150,000 revamp earlier this year and the process involved redecorating, laying new carpets and replacing the existing furniture. The newly-refurbished suite can also be divided into smaller rooms, making it a flexible space suitable for meetings, balls and awards.

The four-star hotel, which is set in County Durham’s Hardwick Country Park, has a range of conference suites available for both little and large corporate events, and additional incentives include free Wi-fi, free parking on site and catering support.

Hardwick Hall - The Coleman Suite by Grange PhotgraphyThose travelling from further afield can also opt to stay in one of Hardwick Hall Hotel’s 50 rooms and dine in the hotel’s acclaimed Rib Room Steakhouse and Grill.

“We’re delighted to offer conference-goers a versatile experience here at Hardwick Hall, with plenty of options available, from large banqueting suites to smaller meeting rooms,” said Lee Kirtland, General Manager at Hardwick Hall Hotel. “We like to think we have something for everyone and hope that those visiting for conferences will see exactly why we’re one of Durham’s and the Tees Valley’s foremost business and event venues.”

www.hardwickhallhotel.co.uk

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The Lygon Arms enters final stage of extensive refurbishment

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Beloved Cotswolds hotel to debut new guest rooms, two new restaurants and luxury amenities unveiled Autumn 2017

The Lygon Arms, located in Broadway in the heart of the Cotswolds, UK, is undergoing the final chapter of its multi-million-pound refurbishment and expansion, to be unveiled Autumn 2017. The no-expense-spared transformation of this 16th century coaching inn, will honor the building’s charm and heritage, and debut an enriched guest experience complete with 86 newly designed rooms and suites, a refreshed spa, and the launch of two new culinary experiences; Lygon Bar & Grill and Lygon Wine Bar.


The redesign of the guest rooms and suites, spearheaded by Anita Rosato Interior Design, will beautifully embody the hotel’s 600-year character and style, while incorporating the contemporary luxuries and technological conveniences that meet the needs of today’s modern luxury traveler. Steeped in traditional British opulence and comfort, each room will unveil a unique design, all individually decorated to create eclectic accommodations for families, couples and the solo traveler. The final renovation will bring the total room count of The Lygon Arms to 86, including three one-of-a-kind signature Luxury Suites and six Courtyard Suites, inspired by famed past guests such as King Charles I.

Most notably, the final chapter will come to life with the debut of the Lygon Bar & Grill and the Lygon Wine Bar; a new restaurant and wine-bar that will open as two of the most sought after dining destinations in the Cotswolds. The Lygon Bar & Grill, debuting end of June, will concentrate on seasonality and product provenance, while representing the traditional brilliance of British food in a relaxed setting. The Mediterranean-inspired Lygon Wine Bar, debuting mid-July, will boast a fine selection of European and international wines, complimented by light Italian dishes.

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“It is with great pleasure that we enter the final phase of this monumental refurbishment of The Lygon Arms, to unveil an exciting new chapter in the property’s grand history,” says General Manager Graeme Nesbitt. “Our team has worked alongside the best talent to create a vision that celebrates and brings to life the property’s charm and long-standing heritage, and above all, ensures our guest experience is truly memorable.”

As part of the new vision for the hotel, the property will debut the luxurious Lygon Spa offering a full range of unique beauty treatments. The hotel’s public areas will also have a new look that will encompass the relaxation and luxury of the chic Cotswold countryside. The multiple stories at The Lygon Arms will be woven into the fabric of the new additions, in order to stay true to the hotel’s heritage, whilst ushering in an exciting next chapter built on personal service, passionate management and luxuriously laid-back atmosphere.

www.lygonarmshotel.co.uk

Rosewood London

Rosewood London wins ‘Hotel of Year’ at Catey Awards

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Rosewood London is delighted to announce that the hotel has been named ‘Hotel of the Year’ in the Group category at the industry’s most prestigious awards, The Catey Awards 2017.

Running for the 34th year, The Catey Awards recognise the strongest performers, latest emerging brands and highest flyers in the sector, as determined by the industry itself.

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The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony this week at London’s Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, following a rigorous selection process by a committee of more than 140 judges chosen for their expertise and industry knowledge.

Rosewood London saw off strong competition from an esteemed selection of luxury hotels across the country to secure the accolade.

“We are thrilled to be named ‘Hotel of the Year’ at this year’s Catey Awards,” said Rosewood London Managing Director, Michael Bonsor. “This is a highly prestigious accolade and we are very proud to be recognised by our top industry peers.”

www.rosewoodhotels.com

White Horse Hotel

£3 million investment for Dorking’s White Horse Hotel

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Bespoke Hotels is pleased to announce it has committed to a substantial refurbishment and expansion program of Dorking’s historic White Horse Hotel, due to take place between July and November, 2017.

Totalling over £3,000,000, works will encompass the property’s accommodation, including a comprehensive remodelling and the addition of 16 new bedrooms. In addition to this, there will be a total re-design of the ground floor restaurant, bar, events and public spaces at the property, with the aim of introducing a stylish and affordable destination hotel, café and restaurant offering to Dorking for the first time.

Following the property’s closure on July 17th, the dining and events spaces are set to be entirely re-designed, with the current total of guestrooms expanded from 41 to 57. Interior design will be overseen by Squid Inc, who recently worked alongside Bespoke on the opening of Manchester’s award-winning Hotel Gotham in 2015, with the aim of significantly transforming the culinary offering by expanding the property’s dining space and placing a renewed emphasis on local and freshly-prepared produce, available both to takeaway and dine-in.

“We are delighted to be able to commit so substantially to the reimagining of The White Horse”, commented Graham Marskell, Managing Director – Operations of Bespoke Hotels. “Bespoke Hotels and our creative partners will be overseeing a complete overhaul of both the accommodation and culinary sides of the business, with a view to re-establishing it as one of the region’s foremost foodie destinations.”

Nobu London & Ibiza

Nobu Hotels introduces London and Ibiza properties

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Nobu Hospitality, the group founded by renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, is pleased to announce the opening of the first two European Nobu Hotels in London & Ibiza.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch London, located in London’s artistic quarter, offers 148-guest rooms and suites, special event and meeting space and London’s newest Nobu Restaurant and Bar. Crafted to suit the energy in Shoreditch, our new Nobu Hotel and Restaurant draws from the area’s creative and industrial vibe.

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Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is like nowhere else in Ibiza. On the shores of Talamanca Bay, the resort offers 152-rooms and suites, two private seafront pools, the new Nobu Restaurant Ibiza, in addition to other restaurants, spa, and boutique shopping. The design reflects an idyllic barefoot luxury style, crafted for couples and families alike.

Nobu London & Ibiza“We are very proud to open the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch and Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, each with partners who have great vision and passion to create something different and special,” said Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Officer of Nobu Hospitality. “With London and Ibiza opening, we are continuing our European growth where we plan to announce further special Nobu Hotels in distinct locations.”

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Project Preview: Comfort flows at Principal London refurb thanks to Uponor

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Designed by Charles Fitzroy-Doll and first opened to guests in 1898, the former Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury is an icon of the British hotel trade.

Following a multi-million pound refurbishment and re-brand by Principal Hotel Company, its now set to welcome a new generation of discerning guests when it re-opens as Principal London this summer.

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The tasteful refurbishment reinvents the hotel as a five-star destination, with striking interiors by Tara Bernerd & Partners and Russell Sage Studio providing sumptuous luxury. The focus on guest comfort goes far beyond the visible and tactile specification, however. Hidden within the service cavities is a plumbing installation that will be just as instrumental in delivering comfort to guests.

Explains Dave Lancaster from building services specialist, Uponor: “It’s not uncommon for hotels to struggle with water pressure at peak consumption times. “If the pipework is not designed to cope, a drop in water pressure not only affects the guest experience; it can also impact on the efficiency of the heating system.

“In a refurbishment of a historic hotel like Principal London, upgrading the traditional copper piping with PE (polyethylene) and MLC (multi-layer composite) pipe has numerous advantages. Not only does it help to maintain water pressure, but it also provides greater flexibility for a faster install and easier future modifications. Moreover, fewer joints and press, push or modular fittings reduce the potential for leaks and extend the service life of the installation.”

Hotel Russell - UponorLeak Free Benefits
Delivered by mechanical and electrical contractor, LJJ, the project involved Uponor’s MLC pipe for the hot, cold and heating water risers and main distribution. The WRAS-approved five layer composite pipe system has an aluminium core with adhesive either side and a PE inner core and outer layer. This combines the benefits of metallic pipe systems with the flexibility and ease of connection of contemporary PE technology.

Dave continues: “Our modular MLC pipe system allows installation teams to create 300 fitting combinations with just 40 parts and features a distinctive ‘click and lock’ mechanism that removes the need for overhead pressing.”

The LJJ team assembled sections of pipe outside of the service voids and connected sections together in-situ, reducing time on site and enabling them to check the integrity of each joint prior to installation. The flame-free jointing method will also allow connections to be disassembled and reconfigured to allow easier maintenance.

Explains Dave Lancaster from building services specialist, Uponor: “It’s not uncommon for hotels to struggle with water pressure at peak consumption times. “If the pipework is not designed to cope, a drop in water pressure not only affects the guest experience; it can also impact on the efficiency of the heating systemFlexible Solution
Uponor’s Q&E PEX PE pipe was specified for the remainder of the project, offering the same rapid installation benefits, reduced joint requirements and flow rate improvement. Dave adds: “Our Q&E PEX system has a more robust joint that eliminates the potential for leaks. A specialist tool rapidly expands the pipe diameter to create a full bore connection and our Q&E ring secures the fitting. The result is a pipe that maximise the flow and takes up minimal space in the service void.”

Contemporary Glamour
The building services installation at Principal London is now complete, allowing the final finishes for the hotel’s new era of contemporary glamour.

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City of Bath Apex Hotel

Apex expansion continues as new £35m Bath hotel prepares for launch

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A new £35 million venture for Apex Hotels Limited is set to boost the company’s portfolio this summer as the doors open on its newest hotel, in the city of Bath.

The completion of The Apex City of Bath Hotel project is a significant milestone for the Group marking the first opening in England outside of London and expanding the portfolio to ten hotels across the UK.

The 177 bed property, opening to the public on 1 August 2017, will bring 130 new jobs to the area and will also see the creation of Bath’s only purpose-built city centre conference facility for up to 400 guests.

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Apex Hotels Limited, which has properties spanning Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and London, continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of CEO Angela Vickers.

The Bath opening follows a highly successful financial year for the company which saw an 11.8 per cent rise in underlying profits before tax, up from £9.2m to £10.3m in 2016. Angela Vickers, Chief Executive Officer, Apex Hotels Limited said: “This is a significant milestone for the business and one that we have been working towards for some time.

The Apex City of Bath Hotel will be our first opening in England outside of London and is set to be the historic city’s largest hotel in terms of conference and events spaces and number of bedrooms. This is an attractive proposition for businesses looking for new locations to host conference and events and the hotel is already taking bookings from international brands keen to get in early.

“We have in place a very strong senior management team who are committed to putting this venue on the map and offering a guest experience that is second to none.”
In the last 12 months, Apex Hotels Limited, have made significant investments in the portfolio including a 30-bedroom extension to Apex City of London with further refurbishment plans scheduled for Edinburgh Grassmarket and Dundee hotels.

“Our portfolio is stronger than ever as our presence in key cities grows year on year. Now the finishing touches are being put to Apex City of Bath Hotel, we can move our attention to new opportunities that will continue to strengthen the Apex brand,” Angela added.

The four-star Apex City of Bath Hotel will open on 1 August 2017 and will feature 177 bedrooms, restaurant, bar, gymnasium and pool alongside a city centre conference facility for up to 400 guests. The hotel is ideally located within easy reach of tourist destinations with the world famous Roman Baths situated just 200 metres away.

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Park Plaza London Waterloo – biggest hotel opening for UK capital in 2017

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Upper upscale contemporary brand Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts has announced the official opening of new hotel Park Plaza London Waterloo – the biggest hotel opening in London for 2017.

Welcoming guests through the doors on 22nd June, the 494-room hotel is ideally located right by Waterloo station and directly opposite Lambeth North station and offers the ideal choice for those wanting to stay in the sightseeing hub of London’s South Bank.


Park Plaza London Waterloo features superior rooms, studio rooms and one bedroom suites, destination all-day dining & bar Florentine, an exclusive executive lounge, Illy caffé, Mandara Spa, and a gym with swimming pool, providing the ideal South Bank base for exploring the city. For corporate functions and conferences six flexible meeting rooms provide an ideal meeting space for all occasions.

Converted from its former premises which housed the Central Office of Information, the UK government’s former marketing and communication agency, the new state-of-the-art building has been designed by architecture and interior design practice Digital Space. Also responsible for the award-winning Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, the design team has brought a fresh energy and innovative vision to this sought-after space which will act as the perfect haven for those seeking to enjoy the adventures this great city has to offer.

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Axel Krueger, General Manager at Park Plaza London Waterloo comments: “We are delighted to announce that the newest addition to the South Bank is now fully open for business. Joining four neighbouring four Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts’ properties on the South Bank, we are within easy access of landmarks including the London Eye and Imperial War Museum which proves ideal timing as London’s tourism industry continues to boom.

“It’s an exciting time for the South Bank’s development pipeline and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

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Crowne Plaza Leeds completes £4.5 million refurbishment

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The 135-bedroom Crowne Plaza Leeds hotel has completed a £4.5m refurbishment, 18 months after it was forced to close for eight weeks following the Boxing Day flood of 2015.

Located on Wellington Street, the investment has resulted in the creation of a new bar, restaurant, Club lounge, lobby, mezzanine level, grand staircase and installation of £25,000 of technology across its function suites.

All the bedrooms have also been refurbished. There are now two different styles of King Suite, an Executive Suite and Club Rooms all with additional benefits, such as a Nespresso coffee machine, a free standing bathtub and access to the Club lounge.

Work on the new bar and restaurant was carried out by contractors Murray and Willis and architects Falconer Chester Hall.

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Historic Manchester fire station to be reimagined as boutique hotel

Historic Manchester fire station to be reimagined as boutique hotel

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Manchester’s historic London Road Fire Station has sat largely vacant in recent years, but after a collaboration between an award-winning property development firm and an architectural firm, that might be changing soon.

Allied London and Levitt Bernstein have submitted a design proposal that stands as a full-scale reimagining of the unique and storied property. This plan, if put into action, seeks to reinvigorate more than the just the fire station — it seeks to overhaul and vitalise the surrounding neighbourhood as well.

Allied London has owned the building, which is a Grade II* listed Edwardian Baroque-style structure, since 2015. At the time of purchase, the property had fallen into wide-spread disrepair. Levitt Bernstein’s submission, however, is aimed at refurbishing and expanding the property to include a boutique hotel, bars, restaurants, communal workspaces and private residence apartments.

For those concerned about the history of the classic building, there is cause to celebrate, as the submitted plan goes to careful lengths to preserve the building fabric wherever possible. It seeks to accomplish this while still having the new hotel wing of the structure seated in front of the existing London Road courtyard elevation.

The original façade of the building will become a side of a corridor that will connect the new hotel wing. The designers at Levitt have conceived of the structure’s new extension as a metal tableau, able to simultaneously reference the heritage of the site while creating a harmonious composition that is housed within the confines of the courtyard.

Another key component of this design is the Fairfield Street wing. In this section of the property, the old firemen’s flats where the men once lived will be adapted to something more modern: a series of communal workspaces and private residency apartments. These properties will also response to the building’s overarching layout, striving to maintain many of the interior details that were inherent to the original.

At the core of this reimagined building, however, are the modern trimmings that mark world-class global hospitality properties. There will be a spa, several themed bars, and restaurants for all manner of dining.

In the central courtyard, this design features a new pavilion, where visitors can access other bars as well as an event space, which has a proposed glass prism installation that creates a grand sweeping staircase that descends upon a subterranean area. This section will be festooned with semi-reflective glass, which means that during the day it will reflect the architecture surrounding it, blending it into the background. At night, however, it will be illuminated within, creating a truly stunning effect.

Currently in the planning stage, the London Road Fire Station will begin the renovation and construction process in late 2017.

Raffles to open hotel in London’s Old War Office

Raffles to open hotel in London’s Old War Office

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The Hinduja group has signed a deal with Europe’s largest hotel chain – Accor Hotels Group – to turn the UK’s iconic Old War Office building, once the office of Britain’s war-time prime minister Winston Churchill, into a luxury hotel.

Raffles Hotels and Resorts, the luxury brand that is part of France’s Accor Hotels Group, has announced the signing of an agreement with the Hinduja Group and Spanish firm Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) to transform the building in Whitehall into the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London.

“The Raffles Hotel in London will be the heart and soul of this exciting landmark destination”, a statement said. “Raffles Hotels and Resorts is delighted to complete its already stunning portfolio with such an exclusive asset in such strategic city and location, the group said in the statement.”

Steeped in history, the first Raffles Hotel was opened in 1887 in Singapore, named after the British statesman and founder of Singapore, Thomas Stamford Raffles.

The Old War Office, with its 1,100 rooms across seven-floors, and two miles of corridors, was completed in 1906.

It was the office to many of the UK’s most important and influential political and military leaders of the twentieth century, notably Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T E Lawrence. It was also the offices of the British Secret Service.

Close to 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, the Old War Office was bought by Hinduja Group and OHLD in December 2014 following a public bid.

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Staying Cool signs deal for a new aparthotel in Manchester

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Staying Cool, the award-winning boutique serviced apartment operator, has announced plans for a new 41 unit apartment hotel in Manchester to open next year.

The hotel on Chorlton Street, within the Whitworth Street / Princess Street Conservation Area, will see the regeneration of a strategic city centre building – a former cotton warehouse – that has lain empty for several years.

Once home to Oliver Peyton’s Mash & Air in the 1990s, the building was acquired by the Cringle Corporation. In January, Staying Cool won a competitive tender, led by CBRE, to find the right hotel or serviced apartment operator.

The two parties have signed heads of terms and submitted a joint planning application, which includes the addition of a new roof top extension. If approved, redevelopment works will commence this Autumn and Staying Cool will welcome its first guests in late 2018.

“Given the location of the building, and its particular loft style features and appeal, interest in leasing the site was significant, with strong bids received from a range of regional, national and international operators. We selected Staying Cool for their forward-thinking business style, attention to detail, quality and award-winning brand,” said Cringle Director, Joshua Senior.

“The building is a real gem, a classic Manchester warehouse, with tonnes of character,” said Paul Taylor, co-founder of Staying Cool. “We believe that the significant redevelopment schemes in the immediate neighbourhood, including Kampus across the road, make this a perfect location for a design-led apartment hotel by Staying Cool.”

This is the first joint partnership scheme with Bespoke Hotels, announced last year, which will see the Staying Cool brand brand roll out across the UK. Staying Cool already has a 45 bed apartment hotel on the top floors of Birmingham’s iconic Rotunda. “We’re delighted to be able to announce this new scheme – one of a number over the next few years as we move ahead with our ambitious expansion plans. We are especially pleased to be opening in Manchester as it is the city where our story began,” continued Paul Taylor.

The architects on the scheme are Halliday Meecham and Euan Kelly Property Solutions the planning consultants. Staying Cool was advised by Tony Bray of Pure Real Estate Solutions. Nick Huddleston of CBRE managed the tender process on behalf of the Cringle Corporation.

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De Vere Tortworth Court to complete £5 million renovation in July

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This summer De Vere Tortworth Court will complete a £5 million refurbishment that will position the mansion house back at the heart of the estate. One of Gloucestershire’s hidden countryside retreats, the Grade II listed Victorian mansion is part of the De Vere portfolio of country estate hotels and modern, market-leading event spaces and, following the refurbishment, will boast some of the largest suites in the county.

With a history dating back to 1343, today’s Victorian mansion was designed by esteemed gothic revival architect Samuel Sanders Teulon for the 2nd Earl of Ducie in 1853. The family continued to develop the estate with the introduction of hundreds of trees, including many rare specimens, to create an arboretum that is regarded as one of the finest in the British Isles.

The focus of the renovation is occurring in the mansion house with the transformation of meeting rooms into 11 new spacious suites, to bring the total number of guestrooms and suites in the main house to 55. The sensitive refurbishment is preserving many of the original features, whilst adding new touches of modern countryside charm to the grand gothic mansion, including the hotel’s grand staircase and galleries above the newly refurbished reception and public areas. The largest suite, The Kipling, will offer a stand-alone in-room dining table for six guests and lounge within 78 square metres that can also be connected to The Paxton, to form a family suite that spans 129 square metres, overlooking the formal gardens.

De Vere Tortworth CourtAll 201 guestrooms, in the mansion house and courtyard wing, feature up to 1GB of superfast free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs, whilst suites and deluxe rooms come complete with king size beds, fluffy robes and slippers as well as luxury bathroom toiletries.

Soon to be launched, 1853 Restaurant will welcome guests and residents once again from August 2017. The original gothic wooden panelling and ornate painted ceiling will be enhanced by fresh dove grey walls and emerald coloured soft furnishings. Originally a church within the mansion house, the refreshed restaurant will serve locally sourced, seasonal British dishes.

De Vere Tortworth CourtMark Payne, General Manager at De Vere Tortworth Court commented: “The mansion house and the grounds provided us with a stunning base in which to enhance an existing beautiful product. The new-look hotel is one that I am very proud to welcome guests into and the introduction of large suites allows guests to indulge and live some of the grandeur that the original Earls would have enjoyed.”

“It was important to us to blend modern comfort with the hotel’s history and I believe we have done this successfully both internally and externally across the estate.”

The completion of De Vere Tortworth Court’s refurbishment marks another important milestone in De Vere’s wider multi-million-pound country estate hotel renovation project, which places the mansion house at the epi-centre of the group’s country estate portfolio. The investment in the gardens ensures that the great outdoors becomes an extension of the hotel itself.

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LSH appointed to sell hotel development site in Leeds

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Commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (‘LSH’) has been appointed by Duff & Phelps to sell the freehold interest in the part-complete hotel at Portland Crescent near the Leeds Arena. The city centre development site has an existing planning consent and is on the market for offers in excess of £6 million.

The 206-bedroom hotel is currently part complete to nine storeys with it eventually being 14 storeys once completed. The site is located in close proximity to many of Leeds bars and late night venues, including Leeds Arena, O2 Academy Leeds, Grand Theatre and Opera House and Carriageworks Theatre. Given the strength of the location, the scheme also has the potential to attract interest for alternate uses such as student accommodation or the Private Rented Sector – subject to planning permission.

Despite a 13 per cent increase in average daily room rates in Leeds since 2013 and strong occupancy, the city has only seen three significant new hotel openings since 2013. Buoyed by an increasingly robust market performance, hotel development activity is returning with two new developments having recently been announced: Singaporean Heeton Holdings and idé real estate – this increased development will add 332 new hotel rooms in the city.

Hugh Anderson, Director – Hotels at Lambert Smith Hampton, commented: “Over the past few years, strong occupancy levels in the city have resulted in a number of new developments coming to fruition to meet the demand. Growth in the sector is on the up, both locally and regionally, and this site will give investors the chance to own one of the best, strategically located development opportunities in the city, with potential for strong returns on completion.

“Due to the location of the site, which is a short walk from cultural and transport hubs and Leeds Beckett University, we expect the asset will be in high demand and as such, we anticipate a high volume of interested parties.”

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De Vere Latimer Estate unveils £7 million renovation

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Nicknamed The Spy House because of its connections with WWII, Grade I listed De Vere Latimer Estate has this week unveiled a £7 million renovation that places the mansion house back at the heart of the estate. Situated in Latimer, among Buckinghamshire’s rolling Chiltern Hills just five miles from the M25, the refurbishment uncovered and restored many original features, as well as subtly celebrating the hotel’s connection to a secret history.

De Vere Latimer Estate boasts a rich history that dates back to the 16th Century when the original house held Charles I during his imprisonment. The red brick Tudor-style mansion standing today was completed in 1838 and became the temporary host of captured German U-boat submarine crews and Luftwaffe pilots during the Second World War before becoming the National Defence College until 2006.

De Vere Latimer Estate’s biggest transformation occurred in the mansion house, where no stone was left unturned. The refurbished original sweeping staircase with stained glass windows leads guests to 31 new deluxe rooms and suites that were previously meeting rooms and offices, bringing the total number of guestrooms to 205.

All guestrooms feature free Wi-fi and flat screen TVs, whilst suites and deluxe rooms come complete with king size beds, fluffy robes and slippers as well as luxury bathroom toiletries.

The new 1838 Restaurant & Bar, which is open to members of the public as well as hotel guests, is located in the mansion house and features an open kitchen cooking up locally sourced, seasonal British dishes. Guests can choose to dine in the modern, wooden-floored restaurant, with soft green touches and indoor trees, or head outside to the courtyard and dine under the trees by candle light. The new Huntley Bar features stunning views across the Chess Valley and offers both guests and locals a relaxing, stylish environment in which to enjoy a drink whilst taking in the surroundings.

De Vere Latimer EstateFor those booking a wedding or event at De Vere Latimer Estate, the mansion house provides four new look spaces; including a traditional grand drawing room, The Cheyne, with original features that can host intimate celebrations for up to 30 guests, to The Cavendish Suite for weddings and events up to 200 guests. Respectively added to the mansion during the refurbishment, the Cavendish suite offers state-of-the-art facilities that can double in size by the opening of bi-folding doors on to a new terrace that offers views across the countryside. Couples who like to mix the tradition of a church wedding with a country house reception can have both at De Vere Latimer Estate, as the estate’s church is short walk from the stately home.

Antonio Campanile, General Manager at De Vere Latimer Estate, commented: “We’re very proud to have restored this remarkable mansion house back to glory; a lot of time and work has gone in to this project, to ensure homage is paid to its important history. The newly refurbished bedrooms are looking fantastic and we’re already receiving excellent feedback from guests.

He continued: “As a popular venue for the meetings, conferences and private events market, the renovation was planned and designed to appeal to all our customers, whilst providing a stylish standout venue in stunning surroundings.”

De Vere Latimer Estate, nestled in 30 acres of formal gardens and grounds, boasts free superfast outdoor Wi-fi, a restored Victorian Pond, as well as specially commissioned sculptures by artist Emma Stothard. Guests of the hotel also have access to a gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, as well as a boot room which provides complimentary Hunter wellies in which to explore the stunning grounds.

The property also boasts 28 flexible meeting and events spaces, some of which are located in the Cormorant and Mews buildings, which sit adjacent to the mansion house. The refurbishment has also seen the introduction of De Vere’s first Burr & Co. coffee shop concept, where guests can enjoy high quality ethically sourced coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks, artisan cakes and pastries to take away or eat in.

The completion of De Vere Latimer Estate’s refurbishment marks another important milestone in De Vere’s wider multi-million-pound country estate hotel renovation project, which places the Mansion House at the epi-centre of the group’s country estate portfolio. The gardens will also receive investment with the addition of outdoor dining patios and sculptures, making the great outdoors an extension of the hotel itself.

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Investment, refurbishment at Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall

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The General Manager of the 4* Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall hotel, Gavin Jones, has today announced plans for a comprehensive refurbishment of the hotel’s 72 bedrooms.

The announcement follows just weeks after the launch of the hotel’s new Bar & Brasserie Restaurant. The hotel’s stunning ballroom was redesigned two years ago, followed by the reception and public areas in 2016.

The bedroom renovation will take place gradually over the coming months whilst the hotel maintains normal business with minimal guest disruption. The new bedroom design, created by Jupiter Hotels’ interior designer, Helen Hooper of HH Interiors, will be unveiled on 19th August when the refurbishment is completed.

Commenting on the developments at the hotel, Gavin Jones, General Manager of the Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall, said: “It is such as exciting time at the hotel. We have seen major transformations over the last two years starting with the redesign of the Lakeside Suite and the renovation of the historic hotel’s reception area. To now be undergoing an extensive refurbishment of all our 72 bedrooms is fantastic. Once complete the hotel truly will be one of the finest hotels in the Cotswolds – I am very proud.

“Last month we celebrated the opening of our new Bar & Brasserie restaurant and are already welcoming locals and guests from across the county and further afield. We have already built strong local connections such as Cotswolds Distillery and the new gin list is proving particularly popular,” he added.

Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel is a beautiful Georgian country house hotel set in 12 acres of sweeping parkland.

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Brexit A Year On: trivago reveals UK traveller trends this summer

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trivago data shows that London is the most popular destination for international visitors, beach locations are popular with locals, travellers from Ireland, Italy and France are searching for the longest stays, and hotel guests from USA and Australia search for the highest prices-per-night on average.

These are just some of the insights from an analysis of summer travel trends in the United Kingdom, which reveals where international travellers are visiting from, and compares their search behaviour and destinations-of-choice with those of domestic travellers.

The top ten destinations in the UK account for more than 87% of searches from international travellers, to UK destinations. The most searches from off-shore countries to UK destinations are from Germany, USA, Italy, Spain, Australia, France, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden, are the top countries based on searches for UK hotels.
The most popular destinations for domestic and inbound travellers is London, followed by Edinburgh and Glasgow. Glasgow ranks much lower for UK residents, who prefer Blackpool, Bournemouth, other seaside locations and other cities.

The most popular destinations for domestic and inbound travellers is London, followed by Edinburgh and Glasgow. Glasgow ranks much lower for UK residents, who prefer Blackpool, Bournemouth, other seaside locations and other cities.

Traveller behaviour from the key markets, for searches to destinations around the globe, show that travellers from Australia are the biggest spenders, with an average clicked price per night of £161, followed by USA with £152 and the UK with £151.

Visitors from Ireland, Italy, and France are likely to stay the longest, searching for stays of eight nights on average, to destinations worldwide.

The most popular week to travel varies for each visiting country, but in terms of search volume from all markets the biggest influx of travellers is set to arrive in the UK in the week beginning 31 July.

For more detailed insights into popular destinations and traveller behaviour for the UK this summer, visit the trivago Hotel Manager blog.

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Hull’s £25m hotel development reaches half way point

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Developers of the £25m DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull have announced that they have just passed the halfway point of the build.

The hotel, located in Ferensway, is being delivered by Lincolnshire-based developer Manorcrest Group who began work on the site in October 2016. With a 14-month construction period the eagerly awaited hotel, which will boast 165 bedrooms and a 1000 sq m ballroom for events and conferences, is due for completion in November this year.

Over the last eight months, the concrete lift shaft was constructed and the floor slab and structure to the conference centre has been finished. Over the course of the next few months and until completion, works on site will include the development of a restaurant space and rooftop bar, and the internal fit out of the conference centre and communal areas and the installation of its bedroom pods, which are being delivered from China.

Director of Manorcrest Group, Dean Wann, said: “The construction of the hotel is on track and now we are past the half way point you can really see the building being brought to life.

“This hotel will bring much-needed beds to Hull and the support we have had from the local community has been great. We are building a luxurious facility that the city can be proud of and it will accommodate Hull’s busy visitor economy and increasing business travellers. We have another busy seven months ahead of us but things are progressing well,” he added.

View from the 4th floor sky bar in the hotelOnsite works are continuing to the roof of the build which is 80% complete, whilst the decking and concrete floors are being put in place. General manager of the hotel, Sarah Whitfield, said: “The hotel construction is progressing quickly and as we move into the second half we are starting to look ahead to the opening at the end of the year. I’m particularly excited about the ballroom which will bring large scale events and exhibitions to Hull. The hotel will also allow us to introduce over 100 new jobs to the local community once complete, great news for the local community.”

Other suppliers on the build of the hotel include London-based architects Aros, Hull-based P&D Engineering, Jamie Millar from Bridlington who is delivering the specialised concrete flooring, White Star Security based in Hull which is providing electronic security services, and Nottinghamshire-based David Ashley Construction which is delivering the concrete structure.

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Four Seasons Hotel London celebrates grand opening

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In celebration of the grand opening of Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Isadore Sharp, Founder and Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Dr Chanchai, Chairman of Reignwood Group and Andrew Parmley, the Lord Mayor of the City of London gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the hotel last week.

Coming together to mark the final stages of this spectacular seven-year project, the attendees gathered on the grand steps of Ten Trinity Square, the former Port of London Authority Headquarters, in a ceremony reminiscent of the original building opening in 1922.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests enjoyed an exclusive concert in Seething Lane Gardens by Placido Domingo and a section of the London Symphony Orchestra, followed by a dinner reception in the hotel’s UN Ballroom, the setting for the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946.

“The grand opening ceremony marks an important milestone,” comments J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is a testament to our strong partnership with Reignwood and our shared vision for this magnificent property.” Continues Smith, “It demonstrates our long-term commitment to London, a city that continues to be the destination of choice for the world’s most discerning leisure and business travellers. As we extend our presence in this critically important market, the Hotel is the perfect complement to our existing property on Park Lane.”

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square opened its doors in January 2017 and the project has continued to evolve. The next stage includes the launch of Asian restaurant, Mei Ume (opening in June) to complement the existing restaurants La Dame de Pic London, by acclaimed French Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, and the Rotunda. The hotel will also be introducing nine Heritage Suites and a Presidential Suite to follow in summer 2017.

Charlie Parker, General Manager of the hotel comments, “I’m proud to have been involved in the restoration of this landmark building. Ten Trinity Square holds such a strong place in the history of the City of London and this grand opening event celebrates all that this building will continue to offer for both locals and visitors to the capital.”

In addition to the hotel, Ten Trinity Square incorporates 41 Private Residences and the Ten Trinity Square Private Club.

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Principal Hotels announces plans for the Grand Hotel in Birmingham

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The hotel at The Grand, one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings, is to be redeveloped into a luxury, 180-room hotel through a partnership announced between Hortons’ Estate – which owns the Grade II-listed property – and Principal Hotel Company. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

The Grand was developed by the Horton family between 1879 and 1895 and contained shops, offices and the Grand Hotel, which the family ran until 1969. The hotel was subsequently managed by a number of operators until it closed in 2002.

“The Grand is a magnificent building in a great location. We have no doubt that it can once again become the finest hotel in the city,” said Cody Bradshaw, Managing Director and Head of European Hotels at Starwood Capital Group. “By adding Birmingham to our portfolio of Principal hotels, we further strengthen what we believe is already the finest collection of UK hotels ever to be assembled in a single portfolio, which includes our flagship London hotel, due to open on Russell Square this autumn following a stunning, £75 million restoration.”

Starwood Capital Group in November 2016 launched Principal, a collection of city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom. The creation of Principal is a part of Starwood Capital Group’s rebranding of its portfolio of UK hotels under the new name of Principal Hotel Company, which also comprises De Vere – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, mixing leisure with market-leading conference facilities. Principal Hotel Company is currently in the midst of a £250 million investment programme across the portfolio.

The Grand represents Principal’s first investment in Birmingham – the UK’s second-largest city by population, with a rapidly growing tourism market and an established conference centre offering, located just one hour from London. In addition to 180 bedrooms and suites, the refurbished asset will include extensive conference and banquet spaces, a restaurant and bar, a spa and a rooftop infinity pool. Interiors will be designed by Robert Angell Design under the direction of Starwood Capital’s Head of Design, Kemper Hyers, and the in-house Principal design team.

Since 2009, Hortons’ Estate has invested £25 million in the award-winning restoration of the building, resulting in the creation of 10 new shops and 1,000 sq. m (11,000 sq. ft) of offices fronting Colmore Row, together with significant re-modelling of the interior of the former hotel. The work has been supported by grants from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, Birmingham City Council and Historic England.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2019.