News in Brief

The Europa Hotel, Belfast has reopened after being closed for renovation.

Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland has completed the refurbishment of all its event space.  This is part of the hotels ongoing multi-million-pound investment.

Hyatt Hotels have partnered with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.  It now means you can claim Hyatt Rewards at over 165 additional hotels worldwide.  Including iconic UK hotels: Dukes in London, Tylney Hall in Hampshire, Ashdown Park close to Gatwick and Foxhills Manor in the Cotswolds. (to name just a few).

Grange Hotels have completed the sale of their 4 City of London hotels: Tower Bridge, The City, St Paul’s and Holborn to Jurys Inn & Leonardo Hotels.  Holborn will be operated as a Jurys Inn while it undergoes extensive refurbishment to become the first NYX Hotel by Leonardo in the UK.  The Tower Bridge, The City and St Paul’s will be branded as Leonardo Royals over the next few months.

Kenwood Hall, near Sheffield has joined the Mercure portfolio.

DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms London has unveiled a £700,000 refurbishment of its meeting and events space.

The Biltmore, Mayfair is set to open after a multi-million pound refurbishment.  The hotel will still be owned by Millennium Hotels (formerly called the Millennium Mayfair Hotel) closed in July 2018 and will reopen as part of the Hilton family Luxury Brand.

The Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Sheffield has re-branded to the Crowne Plaza Royal  Victoria Sheffield. The hotel has undergone a refurbishment and now boasts a Club Lounge for those who book Deluxe Club rooms or suites in the hotel.

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 has officially re-opened.  Formerly the Falcon Hotel the hotel is Grade II listed and dates back to the 16th century.

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

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.

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

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.

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.