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Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Tourism in London continues to boom

How will the Brexit affect tourism? London’s hotel industry keeps on booming. The depreciation of the Pound makes hotels, restaurants and shopping cheaper for guests from abroad. It is not yet clear if Britain’s exit will actually lead to losses in Tourism. Therefore, the hospitality industry UK chooses for new investments. According to Tophotelprojects.com there are currently 195 new top hotels planned.

Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Citizen M Hotel London Tower – Lobby

A new record value was reached in London’s tourism last year, counting 31.5 million visitors. Therewith, the British capital maintains its position as one of the most visited major cities in the world.

There are currently 69 hotels emerging, only in London. The most recent opening was the Citizen M near the tower. This 370 room hotel is the second one of the smart, Dutch hotel chain, which is deemed as disruptive and targets the contemporary needs of generation Y. Citizen M focuses on newest technology like automatic check-in processes via smartphone or a modern Vitra-design in lobby and rooms. One new feature is the shop concept “Collection M”, which will be tested in the new flagship hotel.

Selected projects in London:

  • Park Plaza London Park Royal – 168 rooms – Opening: August 2016
  • Great Scotland Yard Hotel – 235 rooms – Opening: Early 2017
  • Hard Rock Hotel – 900 rooms – Opening: Autumn 2018
  • Artotel London Hoxton – 350 rooms – Opening: Early 2019
  • Nhow London – 190 rooms – Opening: Late 2018
  • Peninsula London – 190 rooms – Opening: 2021

On 20 July 2016, TOPHOTELPROJECTS starts its “World Tour” (#THPWorldTour) in London. This exclusive event series of expert symposia with matching intentions for hotel planners, operators, selected outfitters and suppliers will monthly lead to Miami, New York City, Dubai, Singapore and Berlin. For more information please visit: www.thpworldtour.com

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Stylish Aloft Brand Opens in Liverpool Bringing a New Beat to the Heart of the City

Aloft Liverpool brings cutting-edge design to one of Liverpool’s most beautiful historical buildings

Liverpool, UK  29 October 2014 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announced the opening of Aloft Liverpool, the second Aloft hotel in the UK. Set in the 110-year old Royal Insurance Building, Aloft Liverpool is an adaptive reuse project that is breathing new life into this historic building. Delivering urban-influenced design and an energetic guest experience at an affordable price point, Aloft Liverpool will feature 116 loft-like guest rooms and Aloft Hotel’s signature W XYZ® bar, a buzzing social space where guests can mix and mingle, work or grab a drink with friends.

Located in central Liverpool on the corner of Dean Street and North John Street, the sleek new hotel is perfectly situated within easy reach of the fabulous shops, buzzing nightlife and world-class galleries and museums. Getting around the city couldn’t be easier, the central business district and key visitor attractions are all within walking distance.

The opening of Aloft Liverpool is the culmination of an £18 million investment project to regenerate and preserve Liverpool’s historic Grade II listed Royal Insurance Building. The development has been led by Ashall Property who worked alongside Liverpool City Council and English Heritage to transform this, once neglected, building into a sleek new, hotel.

“Aloft is enjoying tremendous global growth fuelled by the enthusiasm of travellers who want great design and a fresh, fun atmosphere” said Colin Bennett, Area Manager UK & Ireland, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “Aloft Liverpool perfectly illustrates how we can transform a once derelict, historic building, into a world-class hotel and bring new life into the local area. We are extremely proud of what has been achieved and feel confident that both the local community and visitors to Liverpool alike will embrace the transformation of this much-loved building.”

Aloft Liverpool boasts urban-inspired spacious rooms, featuring the brand’s signature loft-like ceilings of nearly three metres high, oversized windows and ultra-comfortable plush platform beds. Guests can enjoy large walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads and complimentary Bliss Spa® bath amenities. Designed for the savvy next generation of global travellers, Aloft Liverpool offers fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and in the lobby.

Recreational facilities at the hotel include Re:chargeSM fitness centre, which is open 24/7 for guests’ gym fixes day or night. Visitors can also grab a quick foodie fix at Re:fuel by AloftSM, a one-stop, 24-hour grab-and-go food and beverage area. Arf SM is an exclusive pet-friendly programme, where pets can enjoy a stay with complimentary treats and toys. The hotel also offers a suite of five Tactic meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art audio, visual, plasma TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Aloft Liverpool’s W XYZ bar is the perfect place for hotel guests and locals alike to enjoy a refreshing seasonal cocktail and catch up-and-coming music acts that are part of Aloft’s signature Live at Aloft Hotels music events. Opening their doors to fresh music perspectives, Aloft Hotels regularly team up with cutting-edge musicians to bring live performances to properties around the world.

“As Aloft continues its incredible growth momentum around the world, we’re thrilled to bring the energy of the brand to the vibrant city of Liverpool,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels. “Aloft has a longstanding passion for supporting up-and-coming music talent and we’re thrilled to offer an exciting destination to showcase local rising acts in this world-class music city.”

Aloft Liverpool is the fourth Aloft hotel in Europe and second in the UK, with five more slated to open across Europe in the next three years. Part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts company, Aloft Liverpool is managed by Redefine | BDL hotels, the leading hotel management company in the UK managing a diverse collection of branded and private label hotel properties across the UK and Africa.

Helder Pereira, CEO, Redefine|BDL Hotels comments: “We’re thrilled to be managing such an iconic property, in the exciting city of Liverpool. Aloft Liverpool’s modern guest experience is set to energise the hotel scene in the city by offering an appealing new option to the next generation of travellers.”

Mark Ashall, Director of Ashall Property said: “The opening of the Aloft is the culmination of four years’ work on the project by Ashall Property and our development team. We are proud to have completed a stunning renovation of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings which has seen it being taken off the ‘at risk’ register and brought back into productive use. This has been a very challenging project and we would like to record our appreciation to Liverpool Council and all the other parties who contributed to its successful conclusion.”

IHG signs four Holiday Inn hotels in the UK

London – 15 July 2014 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of four more Holiday Inn hotels in the UK: Holiday Inn Cardiff – North M4 Jct.32, Holiday Inn London – West, Holiday Inn London – Heathrow T5 and Holiday Inn Birmingham North – Cannock.

Holiday Inn - Logo

The first to open will be Holiday Inn Cardiff – North M4 Jct.32 – opening in just a few weeks’ time. The 95-room rebranded property will be operated by Kew Green Hotels, a long standing operating partner of IHG. The hotel will feature fantastic leisure facilities including a pool, spa, sauna and gym, as well as a bar and restaurant, board room, four meeting rooms and a newly designed lobby. Located just over three miles from Cardiff City Centre at Jct.32, the hotel has excellent road and motorway access.

Set to open this August is Holiday Inn London – West, a 225-room property including 75 new rooms and 150 refurbished rooms, which will operate under a franchise agreement with first time IHG owner Mango Hotels. The hotel offers stunning executive rooms, a number of meeting rooms, a rooftop open air terrace, as well as a fitness studio boasting fantastic views and a completely renovated ground floor with Open Lobby, restaurant and coffee bar.  Conveniently situated on Western Avenue half way between Heathrow International Airport and central London, the hotel is set to benefit from its great location and the businesses nearby including the BBC and Park Royal Business Park, as well as entertainment venues Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena.

Also opening this summer is Holiday Inn London – Heathrow T5. The converted 119-room hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with existing owner partner Arora Hotels Ltd. Ideally located to the west of the M25 Motorway with easy access to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5; the hotel is well placed to receive transit, crew and corporate clientele.

Holiday Inn Birmingham North – Cannock opening in early 2015 will operate under a franchise agreement with existing owner partner Nine Hospitality Ltd. The property will be rebranded from an existing hotel into a Holiday Inn featuring 95-rooms, large meeting and conference facilities and a sky bar on the top floor of the hotel offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Located close to the M6 Motorway, the hotel has excellent transport links to Birmingham City Centre and Birmingham International Airport.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in the United Kingdom with the Signing of Dual-Hotel Development in London – Aloft and Element Brands to Debut in Historic Tobacco Dock in 2017

Stamford, Connecticut – 6 June 2014 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced plans to expand its rapidly growing Aloft and Element brands with the signing of a dual-hotel development in London. Scheduled to open in early 2017, the new-build Aloft and Element hotels will offer an exciting range of accommodation in the heart of the historic Tobacco Dock area of East London. Aloft London Tobacco Dock will be the second Aloft hotel in London and third in the United Kingdom (UK), while Element London Tobacco Dock will mark the debut of Starwood’s eco-wise Element brand in this established market.

Located in Tobacco Dock – an emerging business and residential area in the fast-growing Docklands area of East London—the connected hotels are ideally situated within easy reach of The City, Canary Wharf and London’s popular attractions such as Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. In addition, Tobacco Dock boasts one of the capital’s biggest meeting, arts and event spaces with a Grade I listed warehouse on the banks of the River Thames.

“We look forward to a long-term collaboration with the Fawzia Mubarak Al-Hassawi Group as we expand our portfolio of mid-market hotels in London,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “These agreements mark an exciting milestone for Starwood’s growth in the United Kingdom and illustrate the strong demand for stylish, yet affordable accommodation in mature and strategically important markets such as London.”

“We are delighted to be entering into a partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and look forward to opening these two new hotels in London. I believe that the strength of Starwood’s global brands, combined with our fantastic real estate development in Tobacco Dock, will generate significant value and further investment into this up and coming area of London. Furthermore, with Starwood’s vast experience and international coverage, I am confident that this project will be successful both in terms of market awareness as well as bottom line results,” said Mrs Fawzia Mubarak Al-Hassawi, President, Fawzia Mubarak Al-Hassawi Group.

Aloft London Tobacco Dock
The new Aloft London Tobacco Dock will feature 251 urban-influenced rooms, all with signature loft-like ceilings, oversized windows and ultra-comfortable plush platform beds as well as walk-in showers and complimentary Bliss® amenities. The hotel will also feature the brand’s signature W XYZSM bar, an atmospheric public space where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends. In addition, Aloft offers live, free access to local emerging artists as well as some of the hottest bands with Live at Aloft Hotels programming at the W XYZ® bars.

The Re:chargeSM fitness centre offers an opportunity to re-energise and the unique Re:fuelSM by Aloft introduces a convenient deli option for guests on the go, with an array of food and drinks available 24 hours a day. For meetings and presentations, the hotel will offer four creative meeting spaces equipped with the latest audio-visual hardware.

Element London Tobacco Dock
The opening of Element London Tobacco Dock will mark the debut of the much anticipated eco-wise Element brand in the UK. Launched in 2008, Element made history as the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for high-performance buildings. More than just a “green” hotel brand, however, Element is designed to provide the balance that business and leisure travellers need to thrive on the road.

In keeping with the tenets of the Element brand, Element London Tobacco Dock’s 77 studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites will be stylish, sustainable and designed for comfort. Each of the light-filled accommodations will feature a fluid design of modular furniture, swivelling flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving and custom-designed wardrobe space. Bathrooms will be spa-inspired, with an invigorating rain shower and dual-flush toilet. Rooms will also feature fully equipped kitchens and the signature Heavenly® Bed.

Starwood in the United Kingdom
Starwood Hotels & Resorts currently operate hotels 10 hotels in the UK, eight of which are in London. These are represented across six of Starwood’s nine brands, namely The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel; The Park Tower Knightsbridge and Turnberry Resort in Scotland which operate under The Luxury Collection; W London – Leicester Square; Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh; Sheraton Heathrow and Sheraton Skyline at Heathrow Airport; Le Méridien Piccadilly and The Park Lane Hotel in London; and Aloft London Excel.

“The mid-market sector is a key driver of growth for the company and now represents nearly 40% of our global pipeline. These signings further underscore our continued commitment to expand our European portfolio of mid-market brands through franchising and management contracts in primary destinations,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisition & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “We are excited to expand the presence of our Aloft brand in the UK as well as to introduce Element to the market with its emphasis on clean, sustainable living.”

IHG drives more growth for the Holiday Inn brand in the UK

London – 14 April, 2014 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) continues to build momentum in the UK with the world’s most recognised hotel brand – Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts. Today IHG’s owner partner Dominvs Group begins construction on Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre.  Dominvs Group has also entered into a franchise agreement with IHG for its first Holiday Inn hotel in Scotland, Holiday Inn Dumfries.

Holiday Inn - Logo

Upon completion, Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre will be a 306-room property located in the heart of Manchester, close to Manchester Piccadilly train station.   Thanks to its prime location, the hotel is set to benefit from a healthy mix of leisure clientele attending local cultural and sporting events and corporate travellers frequenting the city centre.

The franchised hotel, due to open in 2016, will feature meeting and conference facilities as well as the brand’s signature Open Lobby.   The Holiday Inn Open Lobby takes a unique approach to the in-hotel experience for guests, which has transformed the traditional hotel lobby format by combining the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one open, cohesive space, while refreshing the design to give it a more contemporary feel. The concept has been established by understanding how people use space at home in order to give guests the most flexibility, whether they’re looking to eat, relax, work, or have fun in one integrated space.

Meanwhile an existing hotel in Dumfries, Scotland, will be converted to the 71-room Holiday Inn® Dumfries and is due to open this spring.  It will be the first Holiday Inn in Dumfries and its central location near Easterbrook Hall and Conference Centre coupled with its excellent conference facilities will help support rising demand from business travellers.

Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer Europe, IHG said: “The Holiday Inn brand has been around for more than 60 years but its commitment to innovation and comfort means it remains relevant for our owners and our guests.  We’re delighted to be developing more hotels with Dominvs Group, and growing our presence in the UK still further.”

Preetpal Ahluwalia, Hospitality Director of Dominvs Group: “Only a matter of weeks ago we opened our Holiday Inn Darlington – North A1M Jct.59 and already, we have two additional hotel projects underway with IHG.  The Holiday Inn brand was most certainly the right choice for us and will continue to be the right choice for our guests nationwide. We eagerly await the opening our first Holiday Inn hotel in Scotland.”

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts has been leading the way for over 60 years – from being the first hotel brand to let ‘Kids Stay Free’ to being the first hotel Olympic Partner to help run the Athletes’ Village at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Holiday Inn is the largest global hotel brand with the largest global pipeline of 263 hotels.

Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London Will Open To Guests 6 May 2014

London – February 6th, 2014 – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London will open 6 May 2014.  Located on the historic South Bank of the River Thames in the 306-metre-high, glass-clad Shard, the hotel will be the Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group’s third in Europe, following debuts in Paris in 2010 and Istanbul in 2013.

As the tallest hotel in Western Europe and the first high-rise hotel in London, the Shangri-La occupies levels 34 to 52 of the 72-storey Shard.  Its contemporary interior design complements Renzo Piano’s masterful architecture and the breathtaking views – unmatched by any other hotel in London – unfold in all directions revealing iconic landmarks such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

“Our continued expansion in Europe reflects the growth opportunities for the brand and portfolio,” said Shangri-La President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Dogan.  “The Shard is a landmark synonymous with London and we hope to encourage visitors to our hotel, and the surrounding area.  We are truly excited to be an integral part of the ongoing development of the South Bank community and the borough of Southwark.”

Every detail of the hotel environment has been taken into consideration – from the extensive collection of original artworks on display to the spectacular grand staircase sweeping across double length floor-to-ceiling windows, linking levels 34 and 35 within the hotel’s sky lobby.

Guests will be escorted in a high-speed elevator from the hotel’s dedicated entrance on St. Thomas Street to the sky lobby on level 35.  Subtle Asian touches in the lobby and lobby lounge will reflect Shangri-La’s heritage, while modern and classic art with pieces from a mix of acclaimed Asian and British artists are showcased throughout public areas.

The hotel’s 202 guestrooms and suites will open from levels 36 to 50 and are amongst the largest in London.  Because of The Shard’s spiral shape, each of the spacious guestrooms and suites, which range from 30 to 188 square metres, is individual in layout and design.  All feature floor-to-ceiling windows and unrivalled views across the city, marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, separate bathtubs, Acqua di Parma amenities and mirrors with integrated television screens.  Over a third of these bathrooms have city views.

Deluxe, Premier and Grand Premier guestrooms and suites offer northerly views towards the City and London’s most famous landmarks.  Superior guestrooms and suites feature far-reaching vistas over the vibrant areas of the south and towards the historic counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

Some of the most stunning views are from the hotel’s three signature suites that will be unveiled in September.  All signature suites overlook St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and down river towards the O2 Arena.  The jewel in the crown is the Shangri-La Suite, situated on level 39, providing 180-degree views of London.  From the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben to the Tower of London, the view encompasses the River Thames with the Canary Wharf, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Maritime Greenwich dotted along the meandering waterway.

The hotel will feature three wining and dining venues.  GŎNG, London’s highest bar on level 52, takes its name from ‘dougong’ – an ancient Chinese structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that will be a component of the bar’s interior.  TĪNG, derived from the Chinese word for a living room, is the signature restaurant and lounge on level 35 and LÁNG – the Chinese word for ‘pathway’ – is an artisan deli on the ground floor.  Level 52 will also be home to a 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, and along with GŎNG, level 52 will duly open from 1 July.

Three river-facing event spaces on level 34 offer stunning views and state-of-the-art conferencing technology along with catering services.  The largest of the venues, Ren, accommodates up to 140 guests; the other two, Yi and Li, can hold up to 10 and 35 guests, respectively.  The grand staircase connecting levels 34 and 35, with its vista of St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond, will be a picture-perfect location for wedding photography.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors in May after a number of years of planning and preparation,” said Darren Gearing, executive vice president and hotel general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.  “The hotel’s inspiring views will connect emotionally with guests, while our service hallmarks will position the hotel at the forefront of the world’s finest hotels.”

The hotel will be open for advance rooms, events, restaurant and lounge bookings from 17 March, with opening room rates starting at £450 per room per night, including VAT. 

Hyatt Announces Plans for Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes – Opening at Amsterdam Airport

London/Amsterdam – January 31, 2014 – Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement with Magill Investments Limited for a Hyatt Place hotel close to London Heathrow Airport, one of world’s busiest airports. Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes is the second Hyatt Place hotel under development in Europe, joining Hyatt Place Zurich Airport. The Hyatt Place brand continues to expand outside of the United States with today’s opening of Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport in The Netherlands, as well as recent Hyatt Place openings in Armenia, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

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Slated to open in the spring of 2015, Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will offer 170 guestrooms in addition to 1,809 square feet (168 square meters) of meeting space, an open food market with made-to-order meals and snacks available around the clock, free WiFi, and a well-equipped fitness center. The hotel will be located in Hayes, less than 15 minutes from London Heathrow Airport terminals and close to Stockley Park Business Park and Brunel University.

“We are delighted to introduce the Hyatt Place brand to the third busiest airport in the world and the thriving business community in and around Hayes and Hillingdon,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, real estate and development for Hyatt in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “The United Kingdom remains an important hub for international business and leisure travel, with more than 70 million passengers arriving to and departing from London Heathrow in 2012 alone. The airport serves 84 airlines and 184 destinations in 80 countries, and the opening of Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will mark a significant milestone for Hyatt as we continue to introduce the brand worldwide and offer more choice to our guests in key gateway cities.”

“We are proud to develop the first Hyatt Place hotel in the United Kingdom, and to be restoring a building at the heart of the Hayes community,” said Harry Mohinani, director, Magill Investments Ltd. “The Hyatt Place brand is a unique and refreshing concept, and we believe that this will be a very successful hotel serving both travelers visiting London Heathrow and the local business and residential communities.”

Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will be the fourth Hyatt-branded hotel in the United Kingdom, joining Andaz Liverpool Street London, Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill and Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

Hyatt Place Hotel Opens at Amsterdam Airport – Hyatt Place brand continues to expand outside the U.S. with new location in Europe
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hillgate Properties NV announced the opening of Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport – the first Hyatt Place hotel to open in the Netherlands.

The opening of the 330-room property marks a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand outside the United States. New Hyatt Place locations have recently opened in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, India and Mexico. In Europe, a location opened in Armenia earlier this year.

“We have more than 180 Hyatt Place properties worldwide, but Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport marks new brand presence in a significant European city,” said Peter Fulton, group president – EAME/Southwest Asia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “We plan to continue to grow the Hyatt Place brand thoughtfully in key markets around the world, which will allow us to provide more choices to new and loyal guests.”

“We look forward to showing our guests the authentic hospitality and service for which Hyatt Place is known,” said Stefan Bloemker, general manager, Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport. “Every aspect of the Hyatt Place experience is designed with today’s traveler in mind. Our business and leisure guests demand high-tech, stylish hotels that cater seamlessly to their 24/7 lifestyles, and that is what Hyatt Place delivers.”

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport is located in the Hoofddorp area and offers a complimentary shuttle to the adjoining Schiphol Airport. It is also within easy reach of the city center, Amsterdam Congress Centre and The Hague.