We begin this latest roundup of new venue news in the north-east. Our first stop is at Durham County Cricket Club which has submitted ambitious plans to build a new 152-bedroom hotel at its ground in Chester-le-Street. The hotel would feature a bar-lounge, meeting rooms and a restaurant overlook the pitch. We will monitor its progress.

Heading further north to Newcastle -on -Tyne. Here a major £2million refurbishment package is currently underway upgrading the bedrooms, meeting rooms and restaurant at the Hotel Indigo Newcastle in the city centre – a two-minute walk from Central station. It is expected to complete this Spring. The hotel currently has 148 bedrooms, a restaurant, fitness suite and one meeting room.

Meanwhile, Dakota Newcastle will be the group’s sixth UK hotel when it opens spring 2025. It will open with 118 bedrooms in St Anne’s Wharf, overlooking the River Tyne. The hotel will include a ground floor Bar and Grill. Further details to follow but interestingly the new hotel will be just across the river from the proposed new major conference centre and indoor events arena at Gateshead Quays. Dakota currently operates hotels in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Motherwell, Leeds and Manchester.

Staying in Newcastle, Bespoke Hotels have planning permission to extend its Hotel Gotham Newcastle. The extension will open in a former five-storey fire station building with 60-bedroom hotel and a restaurant in winter 2024.  A further 30-bedroom extension is also planned to open the following winter.

Plans have been submitted for a new events venue and spa at the historic, Grade II-listed Hotham Hall Estate in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Plans outline a change of use for the former stable block on the estate to create an events venue with guest accommodation plus a spa facility in the estate grounds.

Across the Pennines - INNsIDE by Melia Manchester has just opened its new D'Acampo Manchester restaurant and bar with its own private entrance on First Street in central Manchester.

Northcote Manor Hotel in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley has secured planning permission to build a new stand-alone 48-cover fine dining restaurant in its grounds. The hotel is also planning to add extra hotel bedrooms plus a spa.

Down to the Midlands where Merlin Entertainments is set to open a new hotel in the grounds of Warwick Castle this July. The hotel, built on a former car park, will include 60 bedrooms each designed to create an immersive experience for guests with ‘talking’ historic portraits and bedrooms featuring the Wars of the Roses.

In Northern Ireland - A new 74-bedroom hotel on the site of a former police station in Queen Street, Belfast city centre is set to go ahead.  The building dates from 1878 and originally opened as the Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

The Dunluce Lodge is a new build, 35 bedroom, five-star luxury hotel and spa opening at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland this coming autumn, just ahead of the Open Championship which the club will be hosting next year. The hotel will have 35 bedrooms and is set on the edge of the course’s fourth fairway overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It will have a restaurant and bar plus a small, but intimate spa with a fitness facility.

In Wales - The Inn Collection is planning a multi-million pound refurbishment of the Swallow Falls Hotel in Betws-y-Coed. It will include adding a new pub and restaurant, modernizing the hotel’s 38 bedrooms and adding new ones. The 38 camping pitches at this former Youth Hostel Association building will be retained and enhanced.

In Scotland - The Innovation Hub at MSIP is a new meeting and events venue which opened last November in Dundee. It includes two main events spaces each seating up to 90 delegates plus eight meeting rooms, co-working spaces and a café. It is located on Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc in Dundee.

The former Macdonald Holyrood Hotel has just relaunched as Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood, following completion of a £10million refurbishment. The hotel has 160 bedrooms and suites, restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre with an indoor pool plus extensive meeting and events facilities. It is located in Edinburgh’s historic old town.

Radisson are planning to open their first Radisson Hotel & Serviced Apartments in Glasgow with an opening date scheduled for 2027. The hotel will feature a mix of standard and luxury apartments, a restaurant, a rooftop bar, a gym and meeting spaces. It will be located in Maxwell Street within walking distance of Glasgow Central station.

Finally to London:

Lifestyle aparthotel brand, Native Places, is set to open a new Native hotel in London’s Fulham. Scheduled to open in 2025, Native Fulham Broadway will be the group’s eighth aparthotel and it’s fifth in London. It will include 41 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The group is also planning a major refurbishment of its property in Glasgow.

A Spring 2024 opening is planned for the new Mandarin Oriental Mayfair in London. It will have 50 guestrooms and 77 private residences, a restaurant with an award-winning chef plus a signature Spa complete with an indoor 25-metre heated swimming pool, sauna, vitality pools, experience showers and steam rooms and a state-of-the-art gym. You will find it in Hanover Square.

Motel One group is opening two new hotels in London later this year. Motel One Old Street will have 237 bedrooms and Motel One Hyde Park will have197 bedrooms. They are set to join Motel One’s only other London property at Tower Hill.

Miiro is a new lifestyle hotel brand. It is planning open Templeton Garden in London's Earl's Court next year. It will be the group’s first UK property.

Mason & Fifth Primrose Hill is a new guesthouse opening in London in April. It is set across four 1860s Regency townhouses now converted into 61 luxury studio apartments each featuring a top of the range kitchen. The guesthouse also includes communal spaces plus a yoga pavilion. Primrose Hill is the group’s second site in London, following its launch in Bermondsey.

It has been all over the news recently but in case you missed it: Telecoms giant, BT Group, has agreed to sell BT Tower in London to MCR Hotels, who plan to create a luxury hotel with events space whilst preserving BT Tower as a famous landmark.

Finally, If you just happen to have around £800million ‘burning a hole in your pocket’, The Village Hotel Group is about to go on sale through an American private equity fund, if you are interested. The group operates 33 hotels with 4,000+ hotel bedrooms, restaurants, bars plus meeting and leisure facilities.

Enjoy March.

Latest Hotel and Venue News: starting in London and moving west and north:

art’otel London Hoxton, the second art’otel in the Capital is set to open in March. It will include 357 bedrooms and suites, destination bars and restaurants, an art gallery and events space. Leisure facilities will include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms and a gym. It is located around 200m from Old Street Tube station.

Hyde London City is a new hotel opening in London this summer. The Grade II-listed building is located on the Old Bailey in the City of London, directly overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. It will have 111 bedrooms, a Turkish restaurant and a cocktail bar.  It is set to mark the brand's British debut.

Twickenham Stadium Hotel, formerly the London Marriott Hotel Twickenham is set to be rebranded as the Radisson Red Twickenham. New operators will take over the hotel on 1st April followed by a refurbishment during which the hotel will remain open. The hotel has 156 bedrooms including six suites overlooking the rugby pitch.

Spring 2024 will see the introduction of new dining and events space at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It will feature a rooftop garden with views across East London, a café and a restaurant across two floors. Various spaces will be available for events throughout the year and will be available for private hire.

Developers are planning to convert a 1960’s office block near the centre of Bath into a 152 bedroom hotel. The building, Beazer House, described as ‘environmentally challenged’ could soon be demolished and replaced with a new six-storey, three-star hotel with 152 bedrooms plus a restaurant and bar. If planning permission is granted, development work could start this June with an anticipated opening date at the end of 2025.

ibis Styles Paignton is a new hotel just opened in the Devon resort. A seafront hotel, it has 121 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, a fitness centre, a meeting room to seat up to six delegates plus a terrace.

Further north, the historic Batchwood Hall in St Albans is set for a total refurbishment and conversion into a hotel, with 14 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and events space. A 2025 opening is anticipated if all goes to plan.

The Store Oxford is a new hotel scheduled to open this February in the centre of  Oxford. The Store will have 101 bedrooms, a restaurant, rooftop bar, spa and co-working space. It is located on the site of the former Boswells department store in the centre of Oxford.

The Pig Hotel group has acquired the Barnsley House hotel and the Boot pub in the Cotswolds village of Barnsley close to Cirencester. It will launch as The Pig and The Village Pub with 18 bedrooms this summer following a refurbishment.

The group is also set to launch The Pig on the Farm at the end of this year in Stratford on Avon. It will be located in a converted mid-16th century stone-built farmhouse in 50 acres of land five miles from Stratford. It will have 35 ensuite bedrooms and suites, a restaurant plus private lounges and dining rooms.

A new hotel is set to open at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire later this year. The hotel on the 200-acre site will have 40 boutique bedrooms plus a range of sports and events facilities, including four polo grounds, an equestrian arena, a gastropub and a 3,000-capacity Events Centre.

Cogs Restaurant & Bar with 100 covers is a new addition which has just opened at Hotel Indigo Coventry in Friargate, central Coventry.

11 Brindley Place is a 12-floor modern office block overlooking Brindley Place on the edge of Birmingham city centre, 10 minutes from New Street station. It offers a range of recently refurbished meeting facilities to suit a variety of layouts seating up to 14 delegates boardrooms style, 20 U- shape and 40 theatre style.

To Wolverhampton where JD Wetherspoon plan to add an additional 25 hotel rooms to the planned 71-bedroom extension at The Moon Under Water pub in Wolverhampton city centre. The property was formerly a Co-op store. We will monitor developments here with the greatest of interest.

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate opens on 1 February. It will include 70 bedrooms, a bar and grill, private dining and meeting rooms for up to 12 guests. It will also feature the group’s second Sora rooftop bar and restaurant. It overlooks Manchester Town Hall.

The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool opens next month. It is the first of IHG’s Vignette Collection hotels to open in the UK. The Halyard stands on the “footprint” of former 18th century rope-making warehouse in Liverpool’s Ropewalks district – and this reflects the style of the hotel. The hotel will have 133 bedrooms plus a 200-seater restaurant, a bar, private dining facilities and two small meeting rooms. 

The Inn Collection Group is set to launch The Ullswater Inn in early February in the Lake District overlooking Helvellyn. It is located on the site of the former Glenridding Hotel. The reopening follows a 12-month closure for a total refurbishment which has included an increase in the number of bedrooms from 36 to 57.

Over in the north east The Bailiffgate Hotel is a new hotel opening this summer in Alnwick, Northumberland. It is a modern 5-storey building adjoining a former Georgian schoolhouse. The hotel will have 48 bedrooms and suites plus a bar, restaurant and a private dining room.

Irish hotel brand The Address Collective is planning its UK debut with The Address Glasgow - opening in early 2024. The Address Glasgow is a six-storey hotel located in Renfield Street - with 95 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, a first-floor meeting space with a fixed boardroom layout accommodating up to 14 people.  Facilities also include a wellness spa complete with a gym.

The Hoxton Edinburgh is a new hotel in Haymarket opening summer 2024. The hotel will be formed from 11 joined together Georgian townhouses on either side of the street. It will comprise 211 guest bedrooms, a restaurant plus a range of large events spaces and a gallery.

Dalata, the Ireland-based hotel group, has submitted plans to build a new Clayton Hotel Edinburgh in St Andrew’s Square. If approved the 4-star hotel will have 167 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, a gym and two large meeting rooms.

We were planning to finish our news roundup with a closure rather than a new opening. However, The Cardiff Coal Exchange hotel which opened in 2017 had closed its doors in the middle of January, but now a new management team plan to reopen the hotel with 200 bedrooms on 8 March. All good news.

We start the latest line up of new hotel news – the first of the New Year – in London

Hyde London City, from the Ennismore Group, will open early 2024. The 111 bedroom hotel overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral and will include a restaurant, a Japanese-inspired speakeasy bar and gym.

art’otel London Battersea Power Station is expected to open March 2024. The 27-storey building will include 357 bedrooms and suites, restaurants and bars, leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, meeting and events space and leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool. The hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Battersea Power Station tube station.

The Star and Garter pub in Lower Richmond Road, Putney is set to return to its original use. It opened in 1902 as a hotel before being converted into a pub. The new look hotel will have 24 bedrooms plus a bistro and bar. Plans have been approved but no opening date published yet.

Miiro is a new Indian-based lifestyle hotel brand planning its first hotel in the UK– Templeton Garden – a 156 bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar in Earls Court London, expected to open in early 2025.

Marriott International is introducing a new mid-market brand in Europe - Four Points Express by Sheraton. Marriott claims the brand will ‘treat the fundamentals with great importance by providing clean, comfortable rooms, breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi, delivering an efficient and relaxing experience at an affordable price’. The first opening in the UK will be in London, near Euston station, and is expected to open in 2024 with 201 bedrooms.

Z Hotels has plans to open its 12th London property and it will be located adjacent to Leicester Square. It will be the conversion of a five-storey office building on Charing Cross Road into a hotel with between 81 and 95 bedrooms. A late-2024 opening is anticipated.

Hospitality management company Kinsfolk & Co will open its first hotel, The Newman, in London's Fitzrovia in winter 2024. The Newman will have 81 bedrooms and suites, a European brasserie, cocktail bar plus a ‘wellness floor’. Further details to follow in due course.

Sircle London will be the first Sircle Collection hotel to open in the UK. It is expected to open in March on Devonshire Square close to Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market. Sircle London will have 70 bedrooms, 11 suites, an outdoor botanical courtyard, a restaurant, a fitness centre and a yoga studio.

Heading north, TreeDweller is the first treehouse-only hotel in the UK. It opens in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire in March. There will be seven treehouses in the new complex, each encased in timber, glass and aluminium. Each treehouse will include a kitchen, one or two ensuite bedrooms and living space furnished with a wood burning stove plus an outdoor shower on the terrace.

Grand Hotel Birmingham has teamed up with Michelin starred Opheem Gourmet getaway to offer ‘a fine dining experience to remember’. The hotel has recently re-opened in the city centre following a £50 million restoration and refurbishment. The hotel includes 185 bedrooms and suites, plus a Grand Ballroom and eight first floor meeting and events spaces.

Planning permission has been granted for a new Radisson hotel in Hull. It will be the redevelopment of the former New York Hotel site on Anlaby Road. The new six-storey building will include 116 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, lounge, fitness suite plus conference and meeting facilities. We will monitor developments and advise proposed opening date in due course.

The Aysgarth Falls Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales has gained planning permission to add 14 purpose-built luxury hotel lodges and additional restaurant space alongside its 11 existing hotel bedrooms – with the aim of attracting the corporate market to this particularly attractive part of the Yorkshire Dales. Further details to follow.

Work is set to start on the multi-million pound conversion of an historic magistrates’ court in Ormskirk, Lancashire to create the five-star Ormskirk Court Hotel – an aparthotel with 23 apartments plus car parking. Completion is anticipated in the spring.

Langdale Chase Hotel in Lake Windermere has just reopened with 30 bedrooms and suites following a 12-month refurbishment. The hotel includes the Boathouse, with a balcony and rooftop terrace with views of the lake. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and offers a range of outdoor activities including sailing on Lake Windermere and other water sports, plus mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting, archery and bush-crafts. 

Seaton House is a five-star, luxury boutique hotel opening in St Andrews next summer – right next to the first tee of the Old Course. It will have 40 bedrooms, some with private terraces, plus an all-day restaurant, bar, lounge and gym. It will also boast views across Fife’s coastline as well as the championship golf course.

room2 hometels has opened in a fourth location in Queen Street, central Belfast. room2 hometel Belfast has 175 bedrooms spread across eight floors plus a cafe/restaurant, coffee roastery, four first floor meeting and workspaces, gym, bar and lounge. Room2 hometel Belfast is in the heart of the central Belfast business district.

Dalata, Ireland's largest hotel group, is planning four new hotels in the UK during 2024. These will include new hotels in Brighton and Liverpool and additional properties in Manchester and London. We will advise details and opening dates in due course.

The Emory is a new hotel expected to open in April in London’s Knightsbridge district. It will include 60 suites over nine floors, with each floor showcasing different interior designers. The hotel also includes a wellness suite with a 22metre pool plus restaurants and bars. It will join Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in the Maybourne Hotel Group.

Motel One hotel group plans to open two new hotels in London later this year. Motel One Old Street hotel will open with 237 bedrooms. Motel One Hyde Park will be home to 197 bedrooms. They will join the existing Motel One London property in Tower Hill.

Integrity International Group has acquired Atlas House, along with the Crescent buildings in Tower Hill, central London with plans to convert the Grade II listed building into a hotel. The site is located between the Guildhall, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England. Further details to follow in due course.

Brewery group, Greene King, are launching Everly Hotel Collection - a portfolio of boutique hotels across the UK. The first to open will be the White Horses in Rottingdean, Sussex. It is planned to open summer 2024 with 32 bedrooms and a 290-seat restaurant.

A new hotel is planned in Cambridge with 137 bedrooms plus 80 suites, two conference rooms plus co-working office space, a restaurant, bar, cafe, gym and swimming pool. It would be located in Orchard Park on the outskirts of Cambridge. A decision is expected shortly.

Aparthotel Birmingham has just opened at Birmingham Snowhill in the city centre. The building was formerly the Royal Angus Hotel until 2020. Now renamed following an extensive refurbishment Aparthotel Birmingham includes 84 studios, 71 one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom apartments across nine floors.

Whilst we are in Birmingham let us share exciting venue news from the football world. It involves world famous Birmingham City Football Club ‘on our doorstep’ here in Birmingham. Its stadium is set to be renamed St. Andrew’s @ KnightheadPark following the signing of a commercial agreement with owners the Shelby Companies. Plans also include a new fans ‘entertainment zone’ @ Knighthead Park, which will be built on club-owned land close to the Main Stand at the Stadium. This is all part of an overall plan to create a world-renowned ‘Sports Quarter’ in Birmingham. We will watch this space.

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate opened on 1st February – the second Malmaison hotel in Manchester. It has 70 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and two small meeting rooms seating six delegates boardroom style in each. It is a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport Hotel has reopened following the first phase of its £8 million refurbishment project. It features a new open lobby concept, a new bar and a redesigned reception area. The hotel’s 299 bedrooms have also been revamped. The hotel has eight meeting rooms, a business centre and a fitness centre. A new standalone restaurant is planned. The hotel is within walking distance of Manchester Airport’s terminal buildings.

Also in Manchester Treehouse Hotel Manchester is set to open in April in Deansgate in the city centre. It will have 216 bedrooms, a 14th floor restaurant and private event space for up to 400 people. It joins its sister hotel, Treehouse Hotel London, which opened in 2019.

Hilton Hotels have unveiled plans to open a Motto by Hilton hotel directly above the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. The hotel will include 283 bedrooms and suites plus a restaurant and bar plus meeting spaces. It is due to open in 2025 subject to final approval from Liverpool City Council.

Property developers, the ALB Group, have acquired a site next to Blackpool Tower. Currently the building houses retails units on the ground floor. Plans would see the upper floors developed into a hotel. We await developments.

Kasbah Hotel is a new hotel planned on Grimsby's waterfront. It is part of a masterplan for the regeneration of Grimsby's Ice Factory and the wider Port area. Kasbah Hotel will have 161 bedrooms across five floors. It has been designed to accommodate delegates attending conferences and events at the Ice Factory. We will monitor developments.

The Social Hub, an Amsterdam-based hospitality group, is planning to open its first property in the UK later this year – on Candleriggs Square in the centre of Glasgow. It will be the group’s eighteenth hotel in Europe and will include 494 bedrooms including student accommodation. It will have eight flexible meeting and events rooms, totaling 1,500 square-metres, plus restaurants, bars, a rooftop bar and gyms. We will monitor developments.

W Hotel Edinburgh opened at the end of last year. It is a twelve storey hotel in the city’s St. James Quarter – and part of the Marriott Bonvoy group. It has 199 bedrooms plus 45 suites. The hotel features three restaurants plus a rooftop deck with a 360-degree view of the city. There are five meeting rooms with the largest seating up to 28 delegates ‘U’ shape. There is a fully equipped gym plus a spa with four treatment rooms.

Set to open this Spring 100 Princes Street will be the first Scottish site for The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. The 5-star hotel will open in Edinburgh with 30 bedrooms in the former Royal Overseas League building, overlooking Edinburgh Castle.

Trump Hotels have just opened MacLeod House & Lodge in the Scottish Highlands. The hotel has 18 bedrooms and is available for exclusive use with an eye on corporate golf groups.  It is surrounded by mountain ranges, rivers, lochs, and glens and close to Aberdeen.

The Personal Best Education and Conference Centre is not a new opening but they are looking to raise their profile. Located in Romsey near Southampton, the Centre has a range of meeting rooms catering for small groups up to meetings for 50 delegates in all manner of room layouts – all fully equipped with wifi, VGA Connectors, HDMI leads, whiteboards and projectors plus tea and coffee and free parking.

Spotlight on new hotel and meeting room developments in Manchester.

Malmaison Manchester Deansgate is a new hotel opening in central Manchester on 1st February. It will have 70 bedrooms and suites, a Malmaison Bar and Grill, a rooftop bar and restaurant looking across to Manchester Town Hall plus private events space for up to 12 delegates.

Mollie’s: the motel, bar and diner concept is set to open its third site in Manchester this year. It will open in Manchester’s old Granada Television Studios in Quay Street, central Manchester. Mollie’s Manchester will have 130 bedrooms, a restaurant, cocktail bar and private events space. The top three floors of the seven-storey building will house an outpost of Soho House – the private members club and the first to open outside London. It will feature an outdoor rooftop pool plus a gym. Summer 2024 is the anticipated opening date.

Kew Green Hotels has acquired the Hotel Brooklyn Manchester (plus Hotel Brooklyn Leicester). It plans to convert both properties into voco hotels by mid-2024. Hotel Brooklyn Manchester currently has 189 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar plus top-floor events and banqueting space with three flexible meeting and events suites for up to 180 guests. It is located on Portland Street in central Manchester.

Treehouse Hotels, part of SH Hotels & Resorts group is planning to open - Treehouse Hotel Manchester - this year. It will join Treehouse Hotel London. as its second hotel in their UK portfolio.  It will open in Deansgate on the site of the former Renaissance Hotel Manchester. It will include 224 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, a ‘play area’ plus first floor events space for up to 400 guests. It was expected to open in 2022 and then 2023 but sometime in 2024 is now anticipated.

Marriott Hotels group will launch The Reach at Piccadilly in central Manchester in 2024. It will have 215 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and fitness suite. The Reach will form part of the group’s Tribute Portfolio. It will be located at the junction of the Rochdale and Ashton Canals, a short walk from Manchester’s Piccadilly station. A definite opening date awaits publication.

Plans for a new ‘zero carbon’ boutique eco-aparthotel in the heart of Manchester have been revealed. room2 Manchester will be the UK’s ‘first net zero tower’ when it finally opens in Piccadilly in 2027. It will have 185 bedrooms across 31 floors. Each room will have its own kitchenette plus a host of sustainable measures.

Plans to open a Zedwell brand hotel in Manchester have been approved – it will be the brand’s first outside of London. Zedwell Manchester will have 187 bedrooms and will be located in the Royal Buildings next to Piccadilly Gardens in the city.  Zedwell Manchester will focus on promoting quality sleep, positive health and holistic wellbeing – a concept promoted by the four Zedwell-branded hotels in London. Development work has started on site and an early 2026 opening is anticipated.

The Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester has launched an extension of its Hilton Garden Inn hotel. The hotel now has 250 bedrooms, including a new top floor with seven suites. The hotel includes two outdoor terraces, a restaurant plus events space - ‘The Edge’ – seating up to 140 delegates for an event or dinner. It joins The Point at the stadium which has a conference and exhibition capacity of 1,200 delegates.  The top floor features seven premium suites overlooking the cricket ground.

W Hotels  - a Marriott International brand - will operate the luxury hotel at Gary Neville's £400m St Michael's development in central Manchester. The hotel will have 162 bedrooms, two restaurants, a spa and a fitness centre. Construction began on-site last summer and early 2027 is the anticipated opening date.

Other new developments in the North-West include:

Liverpool:  The Philharmonic Hotel is a new Grade-II listed 17-bedroom hotel which has just opened in Hope Street in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter. Some of the rooms have Jacuzzi baths and a kitchen. The site is also home to Thai Fusion Pianos restaurant.

Southport: Work is about to start on the demolition of Southport Theatre and Convention Centre. Taking its place will be a new £73million complex - The Marine Lakes Event Centre  - with a 1,200-seat theatre, 2,400-capacity conference space plus meeting rooms, restaurants and production facilities. Spring 2026 opening is anticipated for the new venture.

Chester: The plans are set to be submitted to Chester City Council this month to create a new 142-bedroom hotel on a prime city centre site – the home of the former Mecca Bingo Hall in Chester. We will monitor developments.

This week we start our roundup of the latest hotel developments in Edinburgh and gradually head southwards.

Heart of Midlothian Football Club in Edinburgh is planning a new 25-bedroom hotel and events space integrated within the main stand at its Tynecastle Park stadium – the  first club-owned and operated hotel inside a football stadium. The hotel will include six dedicated meeting, conference and event spaces. A 2024 opening is envisaged – we will monitor progress.

Also in Edinburgh, hotel operator Meininger is planning to launch a new hotel at Osborne House, a former office block close to the city centre. The new hotel will have a total of 549 bedrooms - a mix of double rooms and multiple-bed rooms. Development work is expected to start in the new year with an opening planned for later next year.

Red Carnation Hotels is planning the launch of 100 Princes Street in Edinburgh in Spring 2024. 100 Princes Street will be located in the former Royal Overseas League building, currently undergoing refurbishment. It will open with 30 exclusive bedrooms plus a restaurant and bar with a centrepiece ‘wine wall’ with over 200 wines and whiskies. The opening has already been delayed from last November. We will monitor developments.

AC Hotel by Marriott Glasgow is a new hotel which opened last month on George Street in the city centre. It has 245 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and fitness suite plus a 55 sq-mt events suite seating up 40 delegates theatre style. The hotel is a new-build on the corner of George Street and John Street. Although a new-build, it does include the restoration of the 120-year-old Grade A listed, Victorian former city Parish Halls into 22 ‘heritage’ suites.

Before we leave Scotland can we give a special mention to Glasgow Training Rooms. Based next to Anderston Station, a short walk from Glasgow Central station and with a range of hotels on their doorstep. They offer a range of flexible room options seating from 4 to 40 delegates including a computer package with a full refreshment and lunch options available.

Planning approval has now been obtained for the new five-storey, 86-bedroom hotel, we reported last week. It is located opposite the anticipated Eden Project Morecambe. The hotel will include a restaurant and bar. We await an anticipated opening date.

Crow Wood Hotel and Resort located on a 100-acre site in Burnley, East Lancashire has been granted planning permission to build a solar farm with around 2,000 panels in its grounds. Their aim - to become self-sufficient and generate its own electricity. The hotel has 76 luxury bedrooms and suites, a restaurant and bar plus extensive conference and banqueting facilities plus a Woodland Spa. It opened in 2019.

Plans to transform the former home of John Lewis in Williamson Square, Liverpool city centre into a hotel, restaurant and sky bar have been approved. A 175-bedroom 'Mama Shelter' from the Accor Hotel chain will be the operators and the hotel will include a restaurant, bar and leisure facilities, including new external terraces and a sky bar. We will monitor developments.

W Hotels is to operate the new luxury hotel planned at Gary Neville's St Michael's development in Manchester. The new hotel will include 162 bedrooms, two restaurants, a spa and fitness centre and meeting facilities. Construction began on site last summer but an opening is not expected before early 2027.

New Holgate is a new boutique townhouse hotel which has just opened in York. The building itself is a Grade II-listed Victorian townhouse dating from 1846. New Holgate has 12 individually designed bedrooms over four floors plus a restaurant and bar. The hotel also has a small boardroom available for private meetings and events plus an on-site private car park for twelve vehicles. It is located a 15-minute walk from York city centre, York Racecourse and York station.

Plans for a new hotel in Runswick Bay on the North Yorkshire coast in the North York Moors National Park have been approved. The Cliffemount Hotel will be constructed to Passivhaus energy efficiency standards and will include 20 bedrooms plus a pub and restaurant. If it meets the energy efficiency standard, it will become the first Passivhaus-accredited hotel in the UK.

A full refurbishment is currently underway on the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the Coventry Building Society Arena. All 121 bedrooms are being renovated with new technology installed in the bedrooms, plus a new-look lobby and restaurant – all set for completion by the summer of 2024. The hotel remains open throughout.

Escapade Silverstone is a new luxury trackside hotel and clubhouse at the Silverstone Racetrack Circuit in Northamptonshire and scheduled to open in spring 2024. It will feature 60 apartments varying between two and four bedrooms - all overlooking the racetrack. It is expected to launch in time for the 2024 British Grand Prix.

Yotelpad, budget hotel group Yotel’s aparthotel brand, is set to open in London’s Stratford before the end of year. It will include 62 studios each equipped with kitchenettes, working and leisure space plus a bathroom. The hotel will include laundry facilities plus a ‘grab and go’ dining area. It is located on Broadway close to the new Elizabeth line connecting with mainline stations, airports and central London.

The Landing is a new 4-star boutique hotel which has just opened on-site at London Biggin Hill Airport. Set to the side of runway 03, The Landing has 56 bedrooms, a small fitness suite, a 66-seat lounge plus a bar and restaurant with views towards London and London Biggin Hill Airport itself. 

Art’otel Hoxton is a new hotel scheduled to open in London in March 2024. It will include 357 bedrooms, a 25th floor restaurant, a first-floor restaurant plus a ground floor café, bar and outdoor terrace. The hotel will include ten meeting and events rooms. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and spa plus a skyline gym on the 26th floor. You will find the hotel in Rivington Street, a short walk from Old Street tube station and a ten-minute walk to the City of London.

Marriott International are launching a new hotel brand to add to their collection - Four Points Express by Sheraton. The new brand is designed for both business and leisure guests and promises comfortable bedrooms, breakfast and complimentary wi-fi at an affordable price. The first Four Points Express by Sheraton will be located in London close Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras International stations. We will monitor its anticipated opening date.

Aparthotel brand - Native Places – is opening of its latest property in London in January. Native King’s Wardrobe St Paul’s will be the group’s seventh hotel in the UK and fourth in London. It will have 92 apartments, each with a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas plus workspaces. The hotel is spread across seven Grade II listed townhouses just behind St Paul’s Cathedral.

room2 hometels has opened a fourth location in Queen Street, central Belfast. room2 hometel Belfast has 175 bedrooms spread across eight floors plus a cafe/restaurant, coffee roastery, four first floor meeting and workspaces, gym, bar and lounge. Room2 Belfast hometel is located in the heart of Belfast’s business district.

Valor Hospitality group is planning a major refurbishment of six of its Hilton properties next year. They include three Double Tree by Hilton hotels in Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Chester plus three Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Birmingham, Glasgow, and Bristol – with over 1300 bedrooms in total. Completion of the work is anticipated by September 2024.

Finally, if you are looking to re-furnish your house you could always check out Brighton. The Grand Brighton hotel to be precise. It is to auction off some of its furniture before it embarks on a major refurbishment starting in the early new year. All the bedrooms are being refurbished by the Fattal Group, the hotel’s new owners. The first auction is on 19th December, and it will include bedroom furniture including beds, bedside tables, wardrobes, desks and chairs. Other auctions will follow in the New Year.

We will be back in the New Year with more hotel and venue news. In the meantime, we wish you, your colleagues and your family a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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