The Eton Town House Group will double in size this August when it opens two new luxury boutique hotels, one in London's Square Mile and one in Leeds.
The first to open will be the flagship Threadneedles hotel at the former headquarters of the Midland Bank in London, which has retained many architectural features such as the hand-painted glass dome and marble columns.
The hotel's 70 bedrooms and suites will make it the group's largest property. It will also be the only hotel in the group to offer full dining rather than just breakfast and room service, and the 100-seat restaurant will serve Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel will also provide a health and fitness club and three small boardrooms for 10 to 30 delegates, plus private dining.
A week later, the group plans to open its first hotel outside the capital when the 46-bedroom Quebecs hotel opens its doors in Leeds. This hotel, built in 1890, includes a bar and a breakfast room.
Total costs for the projects are estimated at £17.5m for Threadneedles and £3.6m for Quebecs.
The Eton group was set up by managing director Peter Tyrie in November 1998 and its London properties include the 43-bedroom Colonnade Town House in Little Venice and the 50-bedroom Academy Town House in Bloomsbury.
Tyrie aims to operate around 10 hotels in London and is looking at two sites in the West End and another in Knightsbridge. He is also targeting major cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol.
by Angela Frewin
Published by: The Caterer