It is reputedly the oldest hotel in England and its ownership has just changed hands.

The Old Bell Hotel is a Grade 1-listed, 13th century hotel with 34 bedrooms in the market town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire. It sits alongside the 12th century Malmesbury Abbey.

New owners are the US-based business, Whim Hospitality.

The Old Bell Hotel underwent a recent restoration which enhanced many of its original features, including a fireplace in the restaurant which dates back to 1220.

The Old Bell Hotel has a restaurant and bar as well as two rooms, the Library and Garden Room, available for private meetings and events for up to 60 delegates.

The Old Bell Hotel reopens on 17th May.

The builders in the 13th century showed commendable foresight. They built the Old Bell Hotel just a few minutes’ drive from the M4 at junction 17 with good connections to London and Bristol.

Harbour Hotels group who already operate 15 hotels predominantly in and around the south coast of England are planning to add another hotel to their cluster.

The group has just acquired The Savoy Hotel in Bournemouth. The hotel will close this autumn to undergo an extensive refurbishment before a planned reopening in 2022 with a new look and a new name.

The new Harbour Hotel will have 100 bedrooms, a range restaurants and bars including a rooftop restaurant, leisure facilities, a landscaped garden plus a range of meeting and events facilities.

Harbour Hotels are also planning to open their second hotel in Salcombe in Devon this year. The Harbour Beach Club & Spa in Salcombe will include 50 bedrooms and suites, a restaurant, luxury spa and outdoor terraces.

More new development plans have been announced by Accor. The group is planning a dual-branded Novotel and ibis hotel on the major new NewcastleGateshead Quays regeneration scheme.

The two hotels will form a central part of the new scheme on Gateshead's waterfront, which also includes an international arena, conference and exhibition centre.

The 187-bedroom Novotel will have 187 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar plus meeting and conference facilities. The ibis hotel will have 140 bedrooms.

The new Novotel and ibis hotels will be managed by Vine Hotels and are expected to open in 2024.

Planning permission has just been granted for a new hotel in Liverpool, opposite the waterfront site of Everton Football Club’s proposed Bramley-Moore Dock stadium.

Plans envisage converting a three-storey warehouse into a nine-bedroom boutique hotel. The plan also involves the remodelling of roof space to add an extra floor with the hotel dining room in the basement area.

Building work on the new 52,888-seater stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is expected to start this summer with the possibility of Everton FC kicking off the 2024-25 season in its new home.

Both the new stadium and proposed hotel will be situated within the World Heritage Buffer Zone.

Travelodge is planning a new hotel in Bristol’s Avonmouth district. Travelodge Bristol Avonmouth, located just off Goldcrest Way in Avonmouth opens in May.

Travelodge Bristol Avonmouth will be a five-storey hotel and will include a bar, cafe and function space.

The new Travelodge Avonmouth will bring the number of the chain's hotels in the Bristol area to seven, with other hotels at Severn View, Cribbs Causeway, Filton, Portishead and two in the city centre.

Travelodge Bristol Avonmouth has good links to both M49 and M5. It has two stations within three miles of the hotel and offers free parking on site.

Accor Hotels group has just extended its presence in the Somerset market town of Bridgwater.

Ibis Bridgwater is a new-build hotel which has just opened. It joins its stable-mate Mercure Bridgwater which opened  in the town back in 2018.

Ibis Bridgwater has 144 bedrooms featuring the latest Ibis Plaza designs.

Ibis Bridgwater is the first hotel in the UK to feature a Keepers Kitchen and Bar – an all-day dining restaurant.

Ibis Bridgwater has two meeting rooms seating a maximum of 40 delegates.

Ibis Bridgwater is located just off the M5 motorway at junction 24 on the edge of the town centre. It is a short drive from Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station which is currently under construction.

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