News in Brief

Kimpton Clocktower Manchester is launching on the 19th March. The hotel is the refurbished Palace Hotel and offers 270 loft style bedrooms and suites, a gym, Refuge Dining Room and all located 5 minutes’ walk from the central business district.

Cambridge is due to have a new Hilton branded hotel in August this year. The Fellows House which is being built on Milton Road and will provide leisure, standard rooms and suites with kitchenettes and a restaurant. The hotel will operate as part of Hilton under their Curio brand. Curio already has 4 hotels in London: Lincoln Plaza in the Docklands, Hart in Shoreditch, 100 Queen’s Gate (formerly Doubletree) in South Kensington and the Trafalgar in Trafalgar Square.

The Moxy NEC, Birmingham has opened. Moxy is one of the Marriott brands, listed as stylish budget hotels. Birmingham is the 9th Moxy in the UK.

Fattal Hotel Group has confirmed plans to open a hotel under its Nyx brand in Liverpool city centre with approximately 200 bedrooms. Eight Nyx hotels operate in Europe, with three in the pipeline in the UK: in London following the relaunch of the 201-bedroom Grange Holborn in May; a £33m new build 261-bedroom Nyx in Birmingham; and the conversion of a listed building adjacent to the Edinburgh Jurys Inn into a 131-bedroom hotel. Fattal, own and operate Jurys Inn and Leonardo hotels in the UK.

Update on the Ex Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge City; the hotel is now called the Cambridge Hotel and will be going through a complete refurbishment before relaunching as The Graduate Hotel Cambridge in early 2021. The hotel will close later this year for a few months whilst they complete the major bits of the refurbishment, including reopening the leisure, adding 10 bedrooms and the creation of a destination restaurant and bar. 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: Bath, Oxford and St Andrews are all likely to follow shortly.

The former Saville Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park will reopen in 2020 after a complete rebuild as the Fairmont Windsor Park, part of the Accor group.

The Tamburlaine Cambridge is due to change its name under the new ownership of Clayton Hotels. We think the changes to the name and brand will happen at Easter this year. The hotel changed owners at the end of 2019.

The Radisson Portman will reopen as the Nobu London Portman Square in 2020 after a complete refurbishment.

Accor hotels that operate Ibis, Mercure, Novotel and Sofitel (amongst other brands) has announced that it will remove all single use plastic from its hotels by 2022.

The Pan Pacific London will open in Autumn/Winter 2020 and will offer a 5 star experience to guests. The hotel situated close to Liverpool Street Station and will have a ballroom that can accommodate 380 for dinner.

The Grosvenor Victoria, London has opened its doors as the all-new Amba Hotel Grosvenor. This follows an extensive refurbishment over the past year.

The first Delta by Marriott hotel have opened in the UK. The former Cheltenham Chase Hotel part of the former Q Hotel chain has undergone a recent refurbishment and has been rebranded as Delta by Marriott. The Nottingham Belfry and Hilton Milton Keynes have also rebranded as Delta.

The Biltmore, Mayfair has opened 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.

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).

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 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.