Independent ditches Macdonald Hotels to go it alone

07 December 2007
Independent ditches Macdonald Hotels to go it alone

Macdonald Hotels has had its contract to run two independent hotels terminated after the properties' owners decided they could do a better job themselves.

Anderbury, the owner of the four-star St George's hotel in Llandudno, North Wales, and Hatherley Manor Hotel in Gloucester has decided to take on the running of the sites directly.

The decision to terminate a new five-year contract with Macdonald Hotels after two years was made in October this year, ending a seven year partnership between the two.

Tony Burns, chief executive of Anderbury, said: "There was disappointment from Macdonald, excitement from us."

He added: "Our judgement told us we were going to get a better return and better value for money if we left. It is much cheaper to be independent if you've got a strong management team."

Anderbury will manage the hotels directly, with Burns as chief executive and Peter James as chairman.

Burns said their hotels, especially St George's which had a £4m refurbishment this year, have the strength and resources to succeed independently.

He said: "We can really tune into the strength of the properties and the possibilities in the regions now. We intend to grow as a group, and will hopefully see another hotel on board next year."

Macdonald Hotels declined to comment.

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By Tom Howard

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