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Luxury budget hotel planned for Hoxton

20 April 2006

Sinclair Beecham, co-founder of the Pret A Manger sandwich shop chain, is to open a luxury budget hotel in London's trendy Hoxton-Shoreditch area in September.

The 205-bedroom Hoxton hotel in Willow Street aims to plug a perceived gap in the middle market for an affordable, good-value budget hotel. If successful, it will be the first of a planned chain.

All bedrooms will carry the same rate per night, which is likely to average £99 including VAT and breakfast.

The Hoxton will also provide free internet access to guests and non-guests alike. "You don't pay for bath water any more so why should you pay for access to the net, which is now a basic need," said Beecham.

He also promised the hotel would abandon practices that "hotels have got away with for too long", such as minibars charging £2.50 for a Mars bar.

The hotel's founders are in talks with a third party to operate the hotel's 110-seat restaurant and bar.

Beecham's partners in the hotel include Kurt Bredenbeck, Michael Brooker (former managing director of Oriel Leisure) and Stephen McLeod.

By Angela Frewin

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