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, Buckingham Palace and Whitehall.

The St. James’ Court has 338 bedrooms made up of classic, executive rooms and suites and a dozen meeting rooms including The Director’s Boardroom, the Executive Boardroom and the George VI and Edward VIII conference rooms that can accommodate up to 180 people.

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences is made-up of three Elizabethan townhouses containing 86 luxurious suites and residences offering the space and exclusivity of a private home. Each has their own separate kitchen, living areas and butler service.

Hotel Republic’s Kai Schomann said: “We are very proud to be representing both hotels in our growing portfolio. Guests and conference planners can expect the highest standards and it’s the perfect place for meetings, conferences, networking events, incentives and outside BBQ events.”