De Vere group has reportedly received interest from two private equity groups about a takeover.
The 19-strong hotel company, which is valued at about £460m, is thought to have attracted attention because of its asset-rich balance sheet.
Despite selling its flagship Belfry hotel in Warwickshire to Irish property group Quinn Group in February for £186m, it is not looking to sell off large parts its bricks and mortar.
One City source was not surprised at the news. "It's a well-run company and has been a perennial takeover target for as long as I can remember."
A De Vere spokeswoman said the company refused to comment on industry speculation.
by Tom Bill