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New hotel openings to watch for in 2018

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The year ahead is set to be another bumper one for expansion in the hospitality sector. Katherine Price checks in on the top hotel launches for 2018

Principal London
Location Russell Square, London
Owner Starwood Capital Group
Operator Principal
General manager Paul Walters
Design Tara Bernerd & Partners
Bedrooms 334
Opening Early 2018
The Principal London, the flagship property of the urban lifestyle brand, is to open following a £70m transformation of the former Hotel Russell, which dates back to 1898. The Principal will also have a restaurant, ‘Neptune’ from Australian chef Brett Redman, Fitz’s cocktail bar, a Burr & Co coffee house, the Palm Court lounge for afternoon tea, eight meeting spaces and a listed ballroom. General manager Paul Walters has joined the hotel from the InterContinental hotel in Sydney, where he was manager for five years. He previously spent eight years with the Langham Hospitality Group, including three years as general manager of the Langham London.

Monkey Island
Location Bray, Berkshire
Owner YTL Hotels
Design Champalimaud Design
Bedrooms 27
Opening Spring

Monkey Island
Monkey Island

Following a renovation of the island estate in the middle of the River Thames, Monkey Island’s white-bricked pavilion and temple buildings will make up the main hotel. The furnishings will “juxtapose timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, relaxed countryside style”, while the Monkey Island Brasserie will serve up modern British cuisine. The hotel will consist of 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites designed by New York-based Champalimaud Design, which also designed YTL’s first British property, the Gainsborough Bath
Spa, this year’s AA Hotel of the Year (England). Its name originates from the monks that lived on the estate until the 16th century, but the island later became known for the ‘grotesque’ monkey paintings added to the pavilion while under the ownership of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough in the 18th century.

University Arms
Location Cambridge
Owner Melford Capital Partners
Design Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
Bedrooms 192
Opening June

universityarms_exteriorCambridge’s oldest hotel, the University Arms, is set to reopen following an £80m, three-year refurbishment, with a restaurant, Parker’s Tavern, headed by chef Tristan Welch. The property is owned by real estate investor Melford Capital, which bought it from the De Vere Group in 2012. Extensions built during the 1960s and 1970s have been replaced by a classic building designed by John Simpson that complements the architectural heritage of the city. Simpson’s earlier work has included the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and the entrance loggia and interiors at Kensington Palace. Brudnizki is creating a look described as “beautiful and playful” across the bedrooms, destination restaurant, bar and library.

Grand Central
Location Belfast
Owner Hastings Hotels
Bedrooms 304
Opening June

belfast-grand-centralNorthern Ireland’s largest hotel, Hastings Hotels’ £53m Grand Central hotel, is set to open in June. Hastings Hotels purchased the property, formerly Windsor House, for £6.5m in May 2015 with plans to renovate it into a hotel. The original Grand Central hotel was built in 1893 and was the thriving hub of Victorian Belfast. The new hotel will feature a restaurant, bistro, rooftop lounge, retail units and offices.

Stocks
Location Manchester
Operator GG Hospitality
Design SpaceInvader
Bedrooms 40
Opening April/May

Former Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs will open their second hotel in Manchester’s Grade II-listed former stock exchange building, two years after the purchase of the historic property. Described as a luxury boutique hotel and a departure from Hotel Football, the interior is being created by local company SpaceInvader. The original banking hall will be the centrepiece of the main restaurant. Originally built in 1906, the Edwardian Baroque-style property will also have a bar and a private members’ club, which will incorporate lounges and a gym, and a rooftop bar and dining space. It will be available to hire as a conference or wedding venue.

Belmond Cadogan
Location Chelsea, London
Owner Cadogan Estates
Operator Belmond
Design GA Design International
Bedrooms 54
Opening Q4

The Cadogan hotel is set to reopen this year after a four-year, £28m renovation and under the management of Belmond– the second Belmond hotel in the UK alongside Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. The Queen Anne-style property, which was built in 1887, has been reconfigured to provide larger-sized suites in response to demand from guests, while the interiors have been designed by GA Design International. The hotel will also
feature a new “gourmet dining experience”, with a direct entrance on to Sloane Street and overlooking Cadogan Place Gardens.

More hotels to keep an eye out for

London
Adagio London Stratford (137 rooms)
Bankside (161 rooms – opening September)
Citadines Islington London (108 rooms – opening autumn)
Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment (130 rooms)
Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow T4 (300 rooms)
Dorsett City, Aldgate (267 rooms – opening February)
Go Native Bankside (75 rooms)
Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 (360 rooms – opening Q4)
Hotel Indigo London Aldgate (212 rooms – opening Q2)
Hotel Indigo London 1 Leicester Square (95 rooms – opening Q1)
Ibis Styles London Gloucester Road (85 rooms)
Kettner’s Townhouse (33 rooms – opening January)
Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton (129 rooms – opening Q2)
L’Oscar (40 rooms)
New Road hotel, Whitechapel (80 rooms – opening January)
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1, T2 and T3 (156 rooms)
Soho House at the Television Centre, White City (47 rooms)
Soho House 40 Greek Street
Stow-Away Waterloo (26 rooms – opening spring)
The Academy, Bloomsbury (50 rooms – reopening April)
The Chronicle – Supercity Aparthotels, Holborn (53 rooms – opening Q2)
The Dixon, Tower Bridge (193 rooms – opening autumn)
Vintry & Mercer, City of London (92 rooms – opening spring)
Yotel Clerkenwell (212 rooms – opening late 2018)
Z Hotel Covent Garden (112 rooms – opening July)
Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road (118 rooms – opening March)

Rest of the UK
AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast (188 rooms – opening Spring)
Artist Residence Bristol (29 rooms)
Crowne Plaza Manchester – Oxford Road (212 rooms – opening Q2)
Dixie Dean hotel, Liverpool (100 rooms – opening summer)
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading (129 rooms – opening Q1)
George Best hotel, Belfast (80 rooms – opening June)
Go Native Glasgow (64 rooms) and Manchester (168 rooms)
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre (177 rooms – opening Q2)
Hampton by Hilton Blackpool (130 rooms – opening Q2)
by Hilton Leeds City Centre (192 rooms – opening Q4)
Heckfield Place, Hook, Hampshire (46 rooms –
opening winter)
Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport (178 rooms – opening Q3)
Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse (154 rooms – opening Q3)
Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon (46 rooms – opening spring)
Hotel Indigo Bath (166 rooms – opening spring)
Hotel Indigo Dundee (102 rooms)
Hotel Indigo Durham (81 rooms – opening Q2)
Ibis Budget Swindon (73 rooms)
Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West (137 rooms)
Killeavy Castle, County Armagh (45 rooms – opening Q4)
Maldron Hotel Belfast City (237 rooms – opening late April)
Marriott Courtyard Milton Gate, Didcot, Oxfordshire (170 rooms – opening autumn)
Mercure Walsall Barons Court (94 rooms)
Mercure Warwick Honiley Court (62 rooms)
Mode Queen Street Edinburgh (82 rooms – opening early 2018)
Queen Square – Supercity Aparthotels, Brighton (65 rooms – opening Q3)
Room 2 Southampton (71 rooms – opening spring)
SACO Whitworth Locke, Manchester (150 rooms – opening June)
Seven hotel (37 rooms – opening 4 January)
Staybridge Suites Manchester – Oxford Road (116 rooms – opening Q2)
The Edinburgh Grand by Lateral City Apartments (50 rooms)
The Harris hotel, Preston, Lancashire (65 rooms)
The Langley, Buckinghamshire (41 rooms)
The London Warehouse, Manchester (166 rooms – opening summer)
The Machrie, Islay (48 rooms – opening spring)
The White Horse, Dorking (57 rooms – reopening February)
Z Hotel Bath (149 rooms – opening summer)

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