A new opening date has been set for the boutique hotel which is to be part of the Signature Living chain.

The Shankly Hotel Preston is Signature Living's latest development and the group’s first hotel in Preston. It is now scheduled to open in April 2019 with 65 bedrooms.

Signature Living are renowned for providing guests with something ‘out of the ordinary’. The Shankly Hotel Preston will be no different.

Shankly Hotel Preston will open in the Grade II-listed former Post Office building on Market Square in the centre of Preston.

As with the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, Signature Living have curated artefacts and memorabilia associated with football-legend, Bill Shankly, and his time playing for Preston North End. They will be displayed in the hotel in what will be a Shankly Museum, available to both guests and the public to view.

For non-football fans and non-fans alike the Shankly Hotel Preston promises luxury bedrooms plus a bar and restaurant, events space for up to 350 guests, private dining rooms and a roof terrace.

Accor Hotels Group has committed to invest in sustainable food systems and reduce food waste in its hotels. The move is part of its Planet 21 sustainable development strategy. 

As part of its strategy, 26 Accor hotels in the UK have now introduced urban vegetable gardens with a view to supplying fresh vegetables and salads in their restaurant menus.

As you know we cannot resist a ‘hotel-and-bee’ story.

Hence we are delighted to see that Novotel London Tower Bridge (pictured) is keeping beehives in its rooftop garden and this year is expecting to produce 30kg of honey for use in its Keepers kitchen and bar.

In addition, the group’s five-star resort Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland has welcomed 20,000 Scottish dark honey bees to its grounds. Expect its first harvest of honey in 2019.

Accor Hotels UK & Ireland has also partnered with ‘Too Good To Go’, an online marketplace for surplus food, in its bid to reduce food waste. It is the first hotel group to join the Too Good To Go platform in the UK.

An Edinburgh hotel has become the first in the UK to be powered by battery.

The Gyle Premier Inn in Edinburgh has installed a five-tonne battery which will power the 200-bedroom hotel for several hours each day.

The hotel will charge up from the national grid during cheaper-rate off-peak periods in a move which is expected to cut the hotel's energy bill by £20,000 a year, as well as reducing its environmental footprint.

The battery should power the whole building, including the restaurant, for up to three hours at a time after a two-hour charge.

Premier Inn's parent company Whitbread said the trial of the battery storage technology will help its commitment to halve its carbon emissions by 2025.

Hand Picked Hotels has just launched its first UK TV advertising campaign. The advert promotes the benefits of feeling relaxed, recharged and refreshed when experiencing ‘A Night Away’ at a Hand Picked Hotel.

The campaign will run for four weeks until the end of January and will show on a variety of channels including Sky, UKTV, More4, Film4 and BT Sport. 

The advertisement showcases Hand Picked Hotels’ selection of period properties and reinforces the opportunity for ‘guests to escape the everyday and enjoy special moments reconnecting with each other, or with friends, without the distraction of their busy daily lives’.

Hand Picked Hotels’ is an independent collection of 19 country house hotels and spa resorts in the UK and the Channel Islands.

Pic: Brandshatch Place Hotel and Spa – Kent

The new Village Hotel Bristol is now open with 153 bedrooms.

Each bedroom at Village Hotel Bristol is luxuriously furnished and equipped with a flat screen television, a Tassimo coffee machine and free wi-fi throughout.

Village Hotel Bristol features an open plan Pub & Grill dining concept, a VWORKS Business Club with flexible meeting space for hot-desking with super-fast wi-fi and energising food and refreshment options.

Leisure facilities at Village Hotel Bristol include a 20-metre swimming pool and a state-of-the-art gym.

Village Hotel Bristol is located just north of the city centre in Filton, close to the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre. The M4, M5 and M32 motorways are all in close proximity.

Australian-based Quest Apartment Hotels plans to make its debut in the UK with a property in Liverpool. 

Quest Liverpool City Centre will open summer 2019 and will be located in currently vacant office space in a building in Church Street, adjacent to the Liverpool ONE complex.

The building itself is a 1980s commercial office building with retail on the ground and first floors.

Quest will convert the existing vacant office space on levels two, three and four and construct additional levels five and six, creating 100 serviced apartments, a reception, a conference room and a gym.

Quest Apartment Hotels was established nearly 30 years ago in Melbourne and has developed a 160 strong Quest Apartment Hotel portfolio. Quest has 27 properties currently in the pipeline and 12 under construction in its home market.

Quest aim to open 8-10 aparthotels in major cities across the UK over the next five years.

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