Accor and Hilton battle for 24 former Macdonald contracts

12 February 2007 by
Accor and Hilton battle for 24 former Macdonald contracts

Accor, the French hotel chain and Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC) are going head to head in a battle to win 24 former Macdonald Hotels's contracts.

The hotels, acquired this month by Moorfield Real Estate Funds for an estimated £400m, would either be converted to Accor's Mercure brand or become HHC's first full-service Double Tree-branded properties in Europe, The Times reports today.

Macdonald hotels will continue to run the hotels on an interim basis pending the outcome of the bidding process for the long-term contract which pits Macdonald against "two international hotel companies".

The mainly four-star hotels include the Last Drop village in Bolton, Ardoe House in Aberdeen, the Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and two Holland House hotels, in Cardiff and Bristol.

In a separate move, property firm Land Securities looks set to complete a £439m deal to buy 30 UK Accor properties. The Ibis and Novotel-branded hotels would be leased back to Accor on 84-years leases.

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By Emily Manson

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