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The ones to watch in 2019: Hotel openings

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The ones to watch in 2019: Hotel openings

Get ready for another year of exciting new hotel and restaurant openings in the hospitality sector – Katherine Price and Helen Salter have the run-down on new hotels

Vintry & Mercer
Location City of London
Owner FR Holdings
Design Dexter Moren Associates
Bedrooms 92
Opening 4 February
Starting room rate £175

Vintry & Mercer is named after two of the City’s historic guilds: vinters, who traded fine wines, and mercers, who sold fine silks, and both trades will be reflected in the hotel’s interior.

The hotel will feature three food and beverage outlets: Vintry Kitchen, which will serve an Asian-inspired menu of small plates; and the Mercer Roof Terrace, which will have a covered, glass-walled area as well as an outside space, with some dishes prepared in a charcoal oven. The DND (Do Not Disturb) cocktail bar will be located in the basement, a 60-cover space inspired by New York bars of the 1920.


Great Scotland Yard hotel
Location Westminster, London
Owner Twenty14 Holdings
Operator Hyatt
Bedrooms 153
Opening Early 2019

The Great Scotland Yard hotel will be the first UK hotel to join Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, a collection of upper-upscale and luxury, individual properties. The historical character of the Grade II-listed, former Metropolitan police headquarters, built in 1910, has been preserved throughout the renovation, including the original façade. Once open, the hotel will feature “sophisticated” food and beverage outlets.


Grantley Hall
Location Near Ripon, North Yorkshire
Owner The Sykes family
General manager Andrew McPherson
Bedrooms 47
Opening Spring

Located near Fountains Abbey on a private island with a lake and listed Japanese garden, the historic Grade II*-listed Grantley Hall is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration and extension to transform it into a luxury hotel.

It will feature seven drinking and dining venues, including a fine-dining restaurant, pan-Asian restaurant and Champagne and cocktail bar, as well as a wedding and banqueting suite, several private events spaces and a spa.

An academy will provide on-site learning and development for hotel staff. The property was built by Thomas Norton and his son Fletcher Norton, first Baron Grantley, in the 17th century, based on a Palladian design by English architect Isaac Ware.


Hard Rock Hotel
Location Marble Arch, London
Owner/operator GLH Hotels
General manager Oliver Kahf
Bedrooms 1,000
Opening Spring
Design Scott Brownrigg

London’s first Hard Rock Hotel is opening following the transformation of the former Cumberland hotel, a favourite of Jimi Hendrix.

The hotel is expected to pay tribute to Hendrix and other former residents such as Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Madonna, as well as leading contemporary artists, with a collection of music memorabilia.

It will feature two bars, a 370-seat Hard Rock Cafe and a Rock Shop selling Hard Rock merchandise. Guests will be able to upgrade their rooms to Rock Royalty rooms and suites, which include a personal concierge and access to an exclusive lounge.


The Standard
Location King’s Cross, London
Operator Standard International Management
Bedrooms 266
Opening Early 2019

Acclaimed Bristol chef Peter Sanchez- Iglesias will launch his first London restaurant on the roof of the Standard hotel; while former head chef of Peruvian restaurant Pachamama Adam Rawson has been appointed executive chef at the hotel.

Hotelier André Balazs launched Standard International Management in 2013, however he stepped away from the business last year to focus on his hotel and real estate business, André Balazs Properties.

The Standard is being designed by the group’s in-house team in collaboration with Shawn Hausman Design. It will feature a rooftop restaurant, an indoor/outdoor Garden restaurant and the Double Standard bar.

manhattan-loft-gardens-exteriorThe Stratford
Location Stratford, London
Owner Manhattan Loft Corporation
Bedrooms 145
Opening April
Design Space Copenhagen
Starting room rate £199

The Stratford hotel within the new Manhattan Loft Gardens skyscraper in east London will overlook the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offer both short and long-term stay options, with the design inspired by 1950s New York. The double-cantilevered skyscraper will have three sky gardens and two restaurants and the triple-height lobby will feature a nine-metre high fireplace.

Allegra restaurant will open on the seventh floor, overseen by former Chiltern Firehouse head chef Patrick Powell. The Stratford Brasserie will open on the ground floor under the direction of Ben Harrington, previously head chef at Soho House Group’s 76 Dean Street members’ club.

More hotels to keep an eye out for: London

100 Queens Gate Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton (228 bedrooms – opening February)

Belmond Cadogan (54 bedrooms – opening February)

Clayton Hotel Aldgate (212 bedrooms – opening January)

The Dixon, Autograph Collection (193 bedrooms – opening January)

Hampton by Hilton London Park Royal (146 bedrooms – opening December)

Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 (360 bedrooms – opening May)

Mama Shelter London Shoreditch (193 bedrooms – opening December)

Nhow London (190 bedrooms – opening summer)

Ruby Lucy (76 bedrooms – opening autumn)

Yotel London Clerkenwell (212 bedrooms – opening autumn)

More hotels to keep an eye out for: Rest of the UK

Aloft Aberdeen the Events Complex (150 rooms – opening summer)

Adagio/Novotel Leicester (250 bedrooms – opening December)

Artist Residence Bristol (29 bedrooms – opening March)

Buxton Crescent, Derbyshire (80 bedrooms – opening late summer)

Courtyard Oxford City Centre (140 rooms –opening autumn)

Dakota Deluxe Manchester (137 bedrooms – opening May)

DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham (171 bedrooms – opening September)

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic, North Yorkshire (170 bedrooms – opening October)

Hampton by Hilton Hamilton Park, South Lanarkshire (118 bedrooms – opening July)

Hampton by Hilton Leeds City Centre (192 bedrooms – opening July)

Hampton by Hilton Stockton on Tees (125 bedrooms – opening February)

Harbour Hotel Fowey, Cornwall (37 bedrooms – opening early 2019)

Harbour Hotel Padstow, Cornwall (58 bedrooms – opening early 2019)

Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (200 bedrooms – opening June)

Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford (150 bedrooms – opening February)

Hotel Indigo Bath (166 bedrooms – opening H2)

Hotel Indigo Chester (73 bedrooms – opening H2)

Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon (93 bedrooms – opening H1)

Ibis Budget Sheffield (125 bedrooms – opening December)

Ibis Budget Swindon (73 bedrooms – opening April)

Ibis Styles Hounslow (125 bedrooms – opening September)

Killeavy Castle, County Armagh (45 bedrooms – opening spring)

The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire (41 bedrooms – opening spring)

London Warehouse, Manchester (166 bedrooms – opening spring)

Malmaison York (150 bedrooms)

Mercure Sheffield Kenwood Hall (114 bedrooms – opening April)

MGallery York (57 bedrooms – opening December)

Monkey Island, Bray, Berkshire (27 bedrooms – opening 14 February)

Moxy Edinburgh (230 rooms – opening spring)

Moxy York Stonebow (118 rooms – opening autumn)

The Pig at Bridge Place, near Canterbury, Kent (29 bedrooms – opening May)

Sands Venue Resort hotel, Blackpool (96 bedrooms – opening July 2019)

Staybridge Suites Dundee (85 bedrooms – opening H1)

Stocks, Manchester (40 rooms – opening summer)

Studley Castle, Warwickshire (210 bedrooms – opening March)

Yotel Edinburgh (227 bedrooms – opening Q3)

Yotel Glasgow (256 bedrooms – opening Q4)

Zeal Bridgewater, Somerset (138 bedrooms – opening 1 April)

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