Days Inns Worldwide Inc. today announced the opening of the Days Hotel Wakefield, the first Days Hotel property in the United Kingdom. The 100-room hotel, owned and operated by Kew Green Hotels Ltd. under a franchise agreement with Cendant Europe, cost 4.1 million British pounds to develop. It is located near the city of Leeds and is minutes away from junction 40 of the M1 motorway. The hotel features a business center as well as a meeting room that accommodates up to 40 people theatre-style.
“We are very excited about the addition of our first Days Hotel in the United Kingdom as we continue to play a leading role in the global market for franchised hotels,” said Days Inn President Joe Kane. “The Days Hotel Wakefield is an example of the exciting quality expansion of the brand in the United Kingdom. We are proud to offer the value and consistency we are known for to our expanding international audience of consumers.”
“The management team at Kew Green Hotels has a wealth of experience in both operations and hotel development, and we are confident they will make a success of this hotel,” said Roy Murray, Cendant Europe managing director, franchise services.
The Days Hotel Wakefield is the first of seven Days Hotel properties currently under development with Kew Green and other partners in the United Kingdom. Properties in Belfast and South Ruislip are scheduled to open this year. They will join the existing portfolio of 24 Days Inn-franchised hotels in the United Kingdom.
Paul Johnson, joint managing director of Kew Green Hotels said, “We are pleased that the hotel will set the benchmark for Days Hotels in the United Kingdom and are confident that the hotel will be a valuable addition to our portfolio.”
The Days Hotel tier was established in the United States in 1993 and specializes in full service. In addition to the standard amenities offered in the Days Inn tier, many locations offer restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, banquet facilities and exercise centers.
Days Inns Worldwide Inc., a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation [NYSE: CD] , franchises 1,899 hotels representing 158,593 rooms in the United States, Argentina, Canada, China, Egypt, Hungary, India, Jordan, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.