Edinburgh’s new Market Street Hotel officially opens on 17th June 2019 in the centre of Edinburgh.

Market Street Hotel will include 98 urban boutique-style bedrooms. It will feature a top floor champagne lounge - the Nor’ Loft - named after the Nor’ Loch which, between the 15th and 17th centuries, was located in what is now Princes Street Gardens.

Market Street Hotel is located in a long-empty site next to the City Art Centre on Market Street. It is close to Edinburgh Waverley station and is located within a Unesco World Heritage Site and within Edinburgh’s Old Town Conservation Area.

Market Street Hotel will be the first Scottish member of the marketing consortium, Design Hotels.

Last year we reported on plans to open a Ruby-branded hotel in London in 2019.

The London property will be one of ten new hotels which the German based Ruby Hotels Group plan to open worldwide by 2021.

Ruby Hotels Group operate what they describe as ‘lean luxury’ hotels.

Hence at Ruby Hotels guests will enjoy a ‘five-star’ bedroom for the price of a budget hotel which is achieved by removing traditional, often outdated, hotel amenities and replacing them with modern solutions. Hence there are no in-house restaurants, but guests can enjoy a locally-sourced breakfast in a communal area without a kitchen or chef.

There will be no mini-bars or room service. Instead the Ruby Hotels’ pantry, vending machines and ironing boards are available if required. Lounges and rooftop relaxation spaces replace traditional spa and fitness facilities.

Another key amenity at Ruby Hotels is the state-of-the-art check-in via tablet which uses the latest technology and takes less than a minute.

Ruby Lucy Hotel will be located on London’s Southbank close to Waterloo station. It is scheduled to open with 76 bedrooms in November 2019. It will be followed by a second London hotel with 160 bedrooms which is set to open in Clerkenwell in 2021 in a mixed-use development.

The Golden Fleece Inn, a Cumbrian pub in the village of Ruleholme near Carlisle, is to be demolished and replaced with a 23-bedroom hotel together with a restaurant and meeting facilities.

The new hotel will be designed for both business and leisure tourists to the area visiting Cumbria's World Heritage Sites: Hadrian's Wall and the Lake District.

The new hotel will also be close to the new Carlisle Lake District Airport, which is set to open for scheduled flights in July 2019.

Demolition work is expected to start shortly with a planned opening for the new hotel in 2020.

Hotel operators, Bespoke Hotels, have taken over the management of the Oddfellows Collection.

The Oddfellows Collection comprises two Cheshire-based hotels:  Oddfellows Chester and Oddfellows on The Park in Cheadle.

Oddfellows Chester opened in 2012. It is a design-led boutique hotel located in the centre of Chester. A former townhouse, Oddfellows Chester has 18 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and walled garden plus a private dining room and versatile meeting space.

Oddfellows on the Park (pictured) opened in 2017 following an extensive refurbishment of Cheadle’s Bruntwood Hall. It is a Victorian-built mansion house. Oddfellows on the Park has 22 bedrooms and features The Galloping Major restaurant situated in what was once the original owner’s ballroom. Oddfellows on the Park has a range of flexible events spaces which can accommodate from 2 to 80 delegates.

Both hotels have acquired a solid reputation built on their theatrical interiors, luxurious accommodation and an inventive restaurant.

Bespoke Hotels now operate nine hotels in the north west of England with plans to open a tenth next year – Hotel Brooklyn.

Hotel Brooklyn will be set on Portland Street in the centre of Manchester. Hotel Brooklyn will be a 191-bedroom boutique hotel with a restaurant and a rooftop bar. It is due to open in the spring 2020.

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, the Grade II-listed hotel in Worcester, has just unveiled the results of its major £4.2million refurbishment project.

Fifteen new bedrooms have opened taking the total number of rooms to 70. Seven new bedrooms have been created in the old school house, space which was once part of the nuns’ living quarters. The new rooms feature fireplaces, stained-glass windows and roll top baths.

The hotel’s old restaurant on the second floor has now been converted to bedrooms with the new Refectory Dining Room & Terrace sited on the ground floor.

Meeting facilities have also been refurbished. Stanbrook Abbey Hotel has nineteen flexible meeting and events spaces in total with Callow Great Hall the largest seating up to 190 delegates theatre style. Stanbrook Abbey sits in 26 acres of walled grounds and offers team building options. 

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel is five miles from the centre of Worcester and Worcester Foregate station.

Great Scotland Yard in London has just completed its £75million conversion into a luxury hotel. The hotel is now expected to formally launch later this year.

Great Scotland Yard, former HQ of the Metropolitan Police, is a Grade II-listed building. It will open as a 153-bedroom hotel operated by Hyatt under its Unbound Collection.

Hotel guests will have no shortage of reminders of the buildings former guests with artworks created by former prisoners. The hotel will also feature a special chandelier made from glass shards dating back to a 19th century gang of women known for smashing shop windows to steal jewellery.

Former basement cells have been converted into a gymnasium, conference and events spaces plus a ballroom. Guests will also be able to use a secret whisky bar and private dining rooms.

Great Scotland Yard was chosen by Sir Robert Peel, then Home Secretary, as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Force when it was formed in 1829. The building was the centre of British detective work leading investigations into the major crimes of the age including those of Jack the Ripper. It remained the police headquarters until 1890 when it moved to New Scotland Yard.

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