Portobello Road Gin has announced its much-anticipated venture, The Distillery - a new four-floor mecca for the discerning drinker - will open its doors to the public on Friday, December 16th. The first of its kind in the UK, The Distillery is a completely unique concept that will be home to a distillery, two bars, a museum, off-licenced shop, gin-making experience ‘The Ginstitute’, and three boutique guest rooms overlooking London’s bustling, iconic market street, Portobello Road.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced its first property in Europe. Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort will join the brand’s luxury portfolio in April 2017. Located in the Algarve in the south of Portugal, just 15 minutes from Faro International Airport, the existing 280-room property is currently operating as Tivoli Victoria and boasts stunning views over the Arnold Palmer designed Oceânico golf course.
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed Hotel Indigo Milan - Corso Monforte. The hotel will be the brand’s second Italian location, joining Hotel Indigo Rome – St George which opened in 2014. Scheduled to open early 2018 under a franchise agreement with Amapa Group, the historic palace building will be converted into a hotel featuring 55 rooms, a destination restaurant, Courtyard and a leisure and fitness centre.
Hyatt is opening first Hyatt Regency property in Croatia. The 130-room hotel will be located in Zadar, and is scheduled to open in 2019. “We look forward to collaborating with the team at Dogus Croatia to open the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Croatia, and the first Hyatt-branded hotel on the Adriatic Coast,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, acquisitions and development – Europe, Africa, and Middle East for Hyatt.
Hilton has signed a deal to bring its Curio brand to Tuscany, Italy. The 101-guestroom La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena is set to welcome guests from March 2017. Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton said: “La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena is a stunning, one-of-a-kind hotel and, in joining the Curio Collection, this remarkable property will keep its unique identity while benefiting from Hilton’s support as a leading global hospitality company.
InterContinental Hotels has announced that the group will add five new Holiday Inn brand family hotels to its growing presence in Germany. The hotels will be developed in three federal states across the country and confirm IHG’s successful expansion in the market. IHG has 64 hotels in Germany and 33 in the pipeline, including 53 Holiday Inn brand family hotels open with 32 in the pipeline.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will enter Armenia with the opening of The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan. The unique hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2017, underscoring Starwood’s strategy to meet the growing demand for experiential luxury travel in emerging markets around the globe.
Wyndham Hotel Group has announced that accessible luxury is coming to Athens when the Wyndham Grand Athens, the first Wyndham Hotel Group hotel in Greece, opens in the city centre early next year. Travel is the best excuse to enjoy the grand things in life, and Wyndham Grand hotels and resorts offer truly unforgettable travel experiences.
A Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with InTown Hospitality for a Hyatt House hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany, which is expected to open January 2017. Hyatt House Düsseldorf will mark the brand’s entry into Europe, and is the first franchise agreement for a Hyatt-branded hotel in the region, an important step toward increasing Hyatt’s brand representation throughout Europe.
Ian Schrager, together with Marriott International, and the owner and developer, KKH Property Investors, have revealed plans to open a new property in Barcelona, Spain in 2017, The Barcelona Edition. Edition is the first true luxury-lifestyle brand which combines the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the reach, operational expertise and global scale of Marriott International.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has entered into a franchise agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion to open a new Aloft hotel in the popular southern England coastal city. The 150-room Aloft Brighton, which is due to open in September 2017, will expand the brand’s growing footprint to four hotels in the UK, including two in London (Aloft London Tobacco Dock opens 2018), one in Liverpool and now one in Brighton.
Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement to bring Hampton by Hilton to the UK’s fourth largest airport. The agreement has been signed with strategic developers Urban&Civic, who secured planning permission to build a new £45 million 357-bed hotel next to the terminal of London Stansted Airport.