AccorHotels has completed a franchise agreement for the new ibis Styles Reading Oxford Road hotel. Increasing its footprint in the city, the new ibis Styles will be AccorHotels’ fourth hotel in Reading. After the completion of the extensive renovation program, the 97-room hotel, located at 648-654 Oxford Road, will operate under the ibis Styles brand by the end of this year.
Courtyard by Marriott has confirmed its first hotel in Serbia, the Courtyard Belgrade City Centre, will open in September. The hotel, which showcases the brand’s new European design, is dynamic and modern with a striking glass façade that contrasts against the historic city centre backdrop. The opening will mark Courtyard’s entry into its 42nd country, as the brand continues to rapidly expand globally.
Rotana is continuing its ambitious expansion plans with the opening of its first two properties in Istanbul, Turkey. Burgu Arjaan by Rotana and Tango Arjaan by Rotana represent the group’s first foray into the European market. Situated in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of Istanbul, Burgu Arjaan by Rotana and Tango Arjaan by Rotana provide a tranquil haven from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
The Lanesborough has re-opened its doors in London following an extensive 18-month renovation project by late interior designer Alberto Pinto. Located just moments from Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, The Lanesborough is London’s finest residence and one of the city’s most iconic hotels.
MGallery celebrates the revival of a beautiful heritage property as Queens Hotel, Cheltenham becomes a stunning addition this September to the Collection’s UK establishments. At the heart of every MGallery property is a story waiting to be shared. Strong personalities and great histories are elegantly expressed though each hotel’s unique identity, their story unfolding through eclectic details, timeless touches and elegant designs.
NH Hotel Group has signed a new deal to open its sixth hotel in the Italian capital city of Rome. The new hotel will be operated under the group’s premium brand, NH Collection, and will have 180 rooms, as well as dedicated meeting and event rooms. Due to open at the end of 2015, it will be the company’s third NH Collection-branded hotel in the city and its tenth in Italy.
DoubleTree by Hilton has welcomed the arrival of its newest hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Reserva del Higueron, a beautiful new hotel conveniently located on the coastline close to Marbella and Malaga. The upscale resort boasts 177 bright guest rooms and suites and fantastic sports and leisure facilities.
Carlson Rezidor is opening its first hotel in Slovenia, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana. The 236-rooms hotel is the conversion of an existing hotel and will be re-branded in late 2015. “We are delighted to arrive in a new country and to further expand our strong network in capital cities of Central and Eastern Europe,” said Wolfgang Neumann, president, Rezidor.
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel, France. The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Financière Immobilière Bordelaise. Opening later this year, the hotel will be IHG’s sixth InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in France, cementing its position as the largest luxury hotel brand in Europe.
Following a £20 million complete top to toe refurbishment The Bellhouse Hotel will officially open its doors as the Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross Hotel this autumn. Having been inaugurated into the Crowne Plaza portfolio the hotel promises to deliver the quality and trusted service synonymous with the Crowne Plaza brand but with a very distinct identity.
InterContinental Hotels Group has opened a boutique Hotel Indigo property in the historic city of York. Operating under a franchise agreement with Sojourn Hotels, Hotel Indigo York opens its doors on Walmgate, a thriving foodie destination and the birthplace of York’s chocolate making empire.
Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas will open its first resort in Europe tomorrow, located in the beautiful Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley. Covering 22 acres, the new resort will feature an expansive 24,000 square foot Six Senses Spa offering treatments inspired by the local area and its famed port wine.