News in Brief

The Vintry & Mercer Hotel has opened in the City of London.  With 92 bedrooms and suites, Vintry Kitchen serving Asian tapas and Do Not Disturb, the basement bar.

Grantley Hall in Yorkshire is opening in Spring.  The stately home which is 300 years old has been turned into 47 bedroom boutique hotel. With 7 food and beverage outlets and a Spa it looks set to become a “destination” hotel.

Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket has recently opened “The Mews”  It is set apart from the main hotel and is available for exclusive hire.  The development comprises of one executive suite, two superior rooms and a private dining area.

Ruby Lucy Hotels, the Munich based chain is opening its first hotel in the UK.  Located on the South Bank of the Thames near Waterloo the Ruby Lucy will have 76 bedrooms, a stylish bar and dining area.

Courtyard by Marriott continues its return to the UK with another hotel opening at Luton Airport. The hotel that opened recently has 250 bedrooms and three small boardrooms.

Castle Hotel Windsor – MGallery by Sofitel has completed its refurbishment with the updating of its meeting space, including the 400 capacity Windsor Suite.

The Indigo Hotel Stratford upon Avon will officially re-open in February.  Formerly the Falcon Hotel the hotel is Grade II listed and dates back to the 16th century.

The first UK Kimpton Hotel has opened for business.  The newly refurbished Russell Hotel, Russell Square, London has changed its name to the Kimpton Fitzroy.  Kimpton is one of the Brands owned by the InterContinental Hotel Group. The hotel has 334 guestrooms, 10 meeting rooms (the Ballroom seats 300 theatre style) and a Palm Court with stunning Al Fresco Courtyard.

The Lincoln Plaza Hotel, Isle of Dogs, London a newly opened Curio hotel, part of the Hilton family.

The Dixon Tower Bridge London is a new Marriott Autograph Hotel with 193 bedrooms in Tooley Street, in the Listed former Tower Bridge Magistrates Courts

Hotel 41 and The Milestone, both Red Carnation Hotels in London occupy the top 2 spots for Tripadvisors Top 25 UK hotels for 2018.  Viroth’s Hotel in Cambodia tops the Worldwide list for 2019. Hotel 41 appears at number 14 and the Milestone number 18 on the Worldwide list.

The Fingal Edinburgh is a quirky new hotel; 23 cabins and apartments in the former Royal Yacht berthed in Leith’s historic port.

RSA House in London has redesigned its vaults as a more flexible space holding up to 220 for receptions and dinners.

The new 5 star hotel, The Londoner, Leicester Square, London will open in 2020 at a cost of £300,000,000 and will have extensive meeting space. The hotel is being developed by Radisson Edwardian Hotels.

The dual branded Crowne Plaza London-Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London Terminal 4 were recently opened.  Their combined space makes them the largest hotel complex directly linked to an airport in the UK.

HotelRes Exclusive Special offer!  16th and 17th May 2019 only are available at the Cambridge Rugby Club; a marquee seating 250 for dinner with a separate catering tent. Central location, with plenty of free parking, out door space and additional indoor facilities including bars, toilets and changing rooms.  Ideal for a Summer Fun Days, Parties and Team Building.

The Maison Asor in Paris has joined the Hilton brand Curio Collection.

Special offers at the new InterContinental branded hotels in Scotland:  Principal George Street (soon to be InterContinental) and the Principal Charlotte Square (soon to be Kimpton) both in Edinburgh are are offering day delegate rates from £32 per person between now and April 2019.  The Principal Blythswood Square (soon to be Kimpton) in Glasgow is offering Day Delegate Rates from £39 per person between now and March 2019.

Just a warning, the Cricket World Cup is hitting the UK next year and we are already seeing an impact in the cost of accommodation in London during its duration. The opening match is 30th May at the Oval, with the final happening on 14th July at Lords.  Grounds all over the UK are being used so please check the fixtures before planning a conference needing accommodation.

Movenpick has joined the Accor brand of hotels.

For something a bit different why not try National Gallery’s new Transformative Art wellbeing course.  Start your meeting with an early morning yoga class in one of the galleries, followed by a mindfulness tour of the peaceful galleries; helping delegates use the environment of the gallery to bring balance to their life.

Principal Devere Venues has sold all their hotel portfolio including the newly reopened Principal London hotel.  The group will continue to operate the DeVere Venues.  The Principal hotels that have been sold are, London, Manchester, York, Edinburgh George Street, Met Leeds, Edinburgh Charlotte Square, St Davids Cardiff, Blythswood Square Glasgow and one Devere venue Wotton House; these will all be operated as IHG branded hotels.  It is also anticipated that a further three hotels: Grand Central Glasgow, DeVere Oxford Thames and Oxford Spires will also operate as IHG branded hotels.

Cambridge Belfry has changed its name to Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry.  Q Hotels who used to operate the Belfry were bought last year and are now all managed by RBH Hotels.  RBH already operated a number of hotels under different Hilton and InterContinental brands.  In the rebranding 5 of the old Q Hotels will become Doubletree later this year: Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Glasgow, Cambourne, and Forest Pines (Yorkshire).

CCT Venues are opening a new venue in London’s Docklands and are offering special introductory rates until August. There is a large exhibition space for 250 guests and private lounge, with a further 8 meeting rooms and 6 smaller breakout rooms. They have a waterfront terrace and restaurant.

Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment, London has opened, close to the new American Embassy and Battersea Power Station.