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Laura Ashley The Manor hotel sold to Countrywide Hotels

22nd February 2019

Countrywide Hotels has acquired Laura Ashley The Manor hotel and renamed the property the Manor Hotel Elstree. Laura Ashley bought the hotel, formerly known as the Edgwarebury, in 2012 from Corus Hotels before rebranding theproperty, showcasing the

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Second Scotsman Hotel set for Aberdeen

21st February 2019

Plans to transform Aberdeen’s Woolmanhill Hospital into a second Scotsman hotel have been revealed. Full planning and listed building consent to transform the A-listed (Scotland’s highest listed building rating) building into a £10m,

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Best Western takes over WorldHotels

20th February 2019

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired the upper upscale and luxury hotel marketing consortium WorldHotels. This adds 300 independent properties to Best Western’s portfolio, including the Washington Mayfair hotel, the Caesar hotel, the

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Second UK Voco Hotel opens in Solihull

19th February 2019

The second UK hotel to operate under Voco – the new upscale brand from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) – has opened in Solihull in the West Midlands. It joins the first Voco in the UK, the Voco St David’s, Cardiff. The

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AccorHotels signs new portfolio of 6 UK hotels

18th February 2019

AccorHotels has signed a portfolio of six Park Inn hotels which will be rebranded to Mercure, located in Bedford, Cardiff, Harlow, Nottingham, Telford and Birmingham. The portfolio of hotels will receive a capital investment of £15 million and

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First Staybridge Suites property for Scotland

15th February 2019

A former abandoned linen mill in Dundee has been converted into the first Staybridge Suites property in Scotland. The IHG property is adjacent to sister-property Hotel Indigo Dundee which opened last July. Many of the 85 one bedroom and studio

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W Dubai - The Palm

14th February 2019

W Hotels Worldwide has announced the opening of W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world. W Dubai – The Palm is the newest W Escape, the W brand’s playful spin on the traditional

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Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa Re-brands to Mercure Hotels

14th February 2019

Sheffield’s historic Kenwood Hall Hotel is re-branding to the Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa in March 2019, with a significant investment in the Hotel’s facilities over the next two years. The 114-bedroom hotel is currently

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Birmingham’s Royal Angus hotel to be converted to a Doubletree

12th February 2019

The former 133-bedroom Royal Angus hotel in Birmingham is undergoing a £25m transformation into a 186-bedroom Doubletree by Hilton property and will re open in the Autumn. Two extra floors and a roof terrace are being added to the building,

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Melia Hotels takes the Innside brand to the Czech Republic

12th February 2019

Meliá Hotels International has unveiled Innside Prague Old Town, its first hotel in the Czech capital will be opening in March. The hotel is within easy access to Vaclav Havel International Airport, only 15 kilometres away, and metro, bus and train

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