Hilton Worldwide has opened three new hotels including two Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties in Cambridge and Bournemouth, along with a Hampton by Hilton in Oxford.
The 172-bedroom Bournemouth property (pictured) on Terrace Road, owned by That Group, has launched adjacent to the 120-bedroom Hampton by Hilton. Its interior and furnishings have been designed by Ray Kelvin, the founder and chief executive of fashion brand Ted Baker and majority shareholder of That Group.
The hotel will also feature Schpoons & Forx restaurant, created and overseen by chef Matt Tebbutt, the city's highest bar, an eforea spa, eight meeting spaces and a ballroom for more than 350 guests.
Peter Tisdale of That Group described the hotel as "a real head-turner" which "incorporates refined aesthetics with a quirky edge".
The 198-bedroom Hilton Cambridge City Centre, has been converted from the Cambridge City hotel on Downing Street, following a major refurbishment. It has become the second Hilton Worldwide brand to have a presence in the city, joining DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge, which opened in 2008.
Managed by Hilton Worldwide on behalf of the owner CDL Hospitality Trust, Hilton Cambridge offers three food and beverage outlets, a gym, business centre and events space for up to 250 people.
Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide, said: "Cambridge is a major hub for business and innovation in the UK and is home to the largest commercial research and development centre in Europe. In this historic and vibrant city, attracting millions of visitors each year, Hilton Cambridge City Centre is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers as it expands the Hilton brand's presence in this strategic market."
Meanwhile, the 83-bedroom Hampton by Hilton Oxford property on Grenoble Road has launched following a £12m investment, which has created 25 jobs. The new hotel - the first Hilton brand in the city - will be headed by general manager Arun Kumar while Deborah Acott will be in charge of sales. The hotel is owned and managed by Firoka.
Arun said: "For Hilton to be opening its first hotel in Oxford is a great reflection on the city which is doing a lot to attract both the business and tourism and traveller."