News in Brief

The Grosvenor Victoria, London will open its doors for the first time on the 10th December 2019 as the all-new Amba Hotel Grosvenor. This follows an extensive refurbishment over the past year.

The first Delta by Marriott hotel has opened its doors in the UK in Cheltenham. The former Cheltenham Chase Hotel part of the former Q Hotel chain has undergone a recent refurbishment and is the first of the group to rebrand as Delta by Marriott. We think more will follow.

The Doubletree Cambridge City Centre is changing brand following a complete refurbishment. The hotel will continue as a Doubletree until the end of 2019; but will launch as “The Graduate Cambridge” in summer 2020 after it has completed its refurbishment. Graduate Hotels are an American chain and Cambridge will be its first hotel outside of the States. It plans more hotels in some of the UKs other university cities.

The Biltmore, Mayfair has had a soft opening after a multi-million pound refurbishment.  The hotel formerly called the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, closed in July 2018 and has reopened as part of the Hilton family Luxury Brand.

The Leonardo chain of hotels (sister hotels to Jury’s Inn) have started to spread across the UK. The chain now have 12 hotels in the UK, including the 3 in central London that they bought off Grange Hotels and the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Marriott Hotels has said that its hotels are removing single use toiletries from their bathrooms.  They will be replaced by full sized pump style bottles, that will be refilled after each guests’ stay. They expect most hotels to have completed the switch by December 2020. InterContinental Hotel Group who operate Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Express and Crowne Plaza (to name a few) brands has also confirmed all the managed hotels will switch to large toiletries by 2021.

Courtyard by Marriott continues its return to the UK with more new hotels: Oxford City and Inverness.

Page8 is the latest boutique hotel to be opening in London’s St Martins Lane.  Scheduled to open later this year the London property is the groups 2nd hotel; its first is in Hong Kong Page148 (both named after the street number in their address). The 138 rooms at Page8 will offer guests views across London landmarks, including Trafalgar Square itself, the London Eye, and even Battersea Power Station.

Planning permission has been granted for a hotel complex in Cambridge, in the new area of Eddington, between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road.  The complex will consist of houses, shops, restaurants, meeting space, an aparthotel and boutique hotel.  The Aparthotel will be Turing Locke and consist of 180 apartments.  The hotel at the moment is due to open at as a Hyatt Centric, which is Hyatt’s boutique brand and will have 150 rooms. The expected opening date is Q2 2021.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.