New ‘every hotels’ brand launches in London

Hotel operator glh has announced the opening of the first of its new ‘every hotels’ brand in London. The ‘every hotel Piccadilly’ is the location of what will be the first of a planned roll-out of the ‘every hotels’ concept. Three more every hotels are expected to open in London over the next 18 months.

The London-based hotel management company operates over 4,000 hotel rooms in the capital. In 2013 it was reported to have some thirty-six hotels with a total of over 8,000 rooms across the United Kingdom. glh manages the Thistle hotel brand, the Guoman collection of Hotels, Clermont Hotels & Residences as well as Amba Hotels. The Thistle brand operates 31 hotels throughout the United Kingdom. Guoman has five hotels under its collective branding including the five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel, The Grosvenor Hotel, The Tower Hotel, The Cumberland Hotel and the Charing Cross Hotel, all located in London.

The ‘every hotels’ concept came about as the result of a two year research programme including customer feedback and insight. The focus at every hotels is on giving guests what they really want and not things and facilities they never use, aiming to meet... Click to continue reading

Accor plans further London expansion

French hotel operator Accor has outlined plans to open three more Ibis hotels in the London area, including one at Heathrow airport.

The Greenwich peninsula will see the completion of a newly-built Ibis Styles hotel with 47 rooms in early 2016. A further Ibis Styles is planned to be completed at Heathrow airport in the summer of 2016. It is planned that the London airport hotel will have 140 rooms. The third project will be the Ibis London Canning Town. Containing 196 rooms, the hotel will be located within the Hallsville Quarter development, although no opening date has yet been given.

Managing director of Accor in the UK & Ireland, Thomas Dubaere, said: “These new Ibis and Ibis Styles hotels signal our ambition to strengthen the Ibis brands in the UK. These new signings are in line with our ongoing strategy to grow our economy offering.”

In other news Travel Republic has added two Taj hotels to its portfolio in central London. The Taj St.James’ Court and the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences will now be represented by the on-line travel agent. Both hotels are well located in the Westminster area close to The Houses of Parliament,... Click to continue reading

New Tune Hotel ready to open doors in London

Tune Hotels is soon to open yet another hotel in London. The Tune Hotel Canary Wharf is scheduled to open for business on the first Monday in February. The hotel is to be found right in the centre of the capital’s financial district, with West India Quay and all the major banks and financial institutions within walking distance. As well as having a focus on business guests, this Tune hotel can also serve leisure travellers as it is located close to venues like the O2, ExCeL and the Olympic Park as well as London City airport.

Group CEO of Tune Hotels Group, Mark Lancaster, said: “London is where we started in the United Kingdom and remains the heart of our expansion into the regions of the UK. There is no foreseeable saturation point for Tune Hotels in London as the capital offers so many locations where our value for money concept would be welcomed by domestic and international travellers alike, especially by those who are familiar with the concept from staying at our hotels in other countries. For this reason, London will continue to form a crucial part of our overall UK plans for growth.”

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London Olympic Park Hotels sold

Eight months after opening for business and just four months after the closing of the London Games, two hotels opposite the Olympic Park in East London are reported to have been sold for around £58 million. The two four star hotels, which are located in Westfiled shopping centre, are the Holiday Inn London Stratford City and the Staybridge Suites London. The Holiday Inn has 188 rooms whilst the Staybrige has 162 rooms. The rooms in both hotels are a mix of Guest Rooms, Executive Rooms and Suites. The Holiday Inn has a restaurant called Twenty Twelve which serves breakfast and dinner as well as the Stadium Bar Lounge and Terrace with views over the Olympic Park. The Holiday Inn also has seven meeting rooms, the largest of which can facilitate 80 delegates. Both hotels are just a five minute walk away from Stratford Tube, Railway and DLR Stations, ensuring quick access to the O2 Arena, the ExCel Exhibition and Conference Centre, Canary Wharf and London City.

In January 2011 the two hotels were sold by Westfield to European private equity company Patron Capital for just under £50 million. Patron is reported to have originally planned to own the hotels for... Click to continue reading

Thistle to provide free Wi-Fi across London hotels

Earlier this month Thistle Hotels announced the launch of a service to provide free, unlimited and superfast Internet connectivity throughout its group of London hotels. The service has been set up in partnership with BT WiFi and is designed to provide first class connectivity. The service is aimed at making the job of remote working and keeping in touch even easier for all Thistle’s London guests, delegates and customers. This free service follows a substantial investment in the WiFi infrastructure in the group’s hotels in the capital. From now on Internet access will be available anytime and anywhere throughout the hotel buildings, thus eliminating the need to be confined to ‘hotspots’, and enabling guests to set themselves up in any quiet corner that they desire to work from. The service has also been designed with safety in mind and the choice of a trusted, secure partner like BT will mean guests should have no worries about revealing passwords or uploading or downloading sensitive files.

With daily and frequent Internet access becoming essential for both business and leisure guests, the new free and unlimited service at the Thistle Group’s London hotels should make keeping in contact with the... Click to continue reading