The Mandrake, an independent boutique hotel from Beirut-born entrepreneur Rami Fustok, incorporating a restaurant from the team behind Hong Kong's Serge et le Phoque, has opened in London's Fitzrovia.
This is Fustok's first hotel venture. The decor combines eclectic, vibrant interiors with carefully curated artworks by artists including Francesco Clemente, Jonas Burgert and Peter-John de Villiers, soundscapes from French sound engineer Pierre-Arnaud Alunni, scents from Azzi Glasser and a 30-candle chandelier by Lara Bohinc.
The bedrooms are set across four floors, rising up from a striking central courtyard surrounded by hanging jasmine and passion flowers.
Opened 7 August
Owner Rami Fustok
General manager Dean Culpan
Starting room rate £270
Restaurant covers 80
Apex City of Bath Hotel
Apex Hotels has opened its 10th hotel, the £35m new-build Apex City of Bath on the former Kingsmead House site. The hotel is the largest hotel in Bath, featuring a swimming pool, gym, and conference and meeting facilities for more than 420 people.
Head chef Ben Abercrombie
General manager Tim O'Sullivan
Wine café Toast has opened in Leith in Edinburgh. The café is located in a former art gallery and it serves simple, seasonal food, including breakfast, sandwiches, sharing platters and tapas, alongside a predominantly biodynamic, organic and natural wine list.
Covers Inside: 44; outside: 20
Owner Zak Hanif
Sommelier Seli Shama
Head chef Lizzie Garber
Shikumen has opened its fourth Chinese restaurant, this time on the first floor of the Dorsett City London hotel in Aldgate. Shikumen Aldgate offers a Chinese breakfast and weekend brunch menu, as well as lunch and dinner. Hotel residents will also be able to order room service.
Manager Lee Ching Keong
Executive chef Simon Chai
Ibis Budget Luton Airport
Ibis has opened a budget hotel at London Luton Airport. This is the second Ibis Budget to feature its ‘nest room' concept, with storage solutions such as a pull- down single bed and a bed high enough to store a suitcase underneath. Check-in, housekeeping and breakfast will be managed by mobile devices.
General manager Sherif Gad
Starting room rate £55
Stanley House Hotel & Spa
The Stanley House Hotel & Spa in Mellor, Lancashire, has unveiled the second part of its five-figure renovation project, including a refurbishment of its function rooms and the transformation of its bridal suites and two Manor House bedrooms into four suites.
Design Sarah Jane Nielsen
General manager Philip Wharton
Mercure Hotel Nottingham City Centre
The Mercure Hotel Nottingham City Centre has revealed its new bedrooms. In keeping with the hotel's traditional English theme, the decor encompasses period elements with a modern twist, inspired by the building's role as the first hotel in Nottingham.
General manager Stuart Pringle
Design The Curious Design Company