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Hotel openings to watch in 2020

07 January 2020
Hotel openings to watch in 2020

Cameron House

  • Location Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire
  • Reopening Late 2020
  • Owner KSL Capital Partners
  • Design 3DReid

After being extensively damaged in a fire that killed two people in December 2017, Cameron House is expected to reopen following a rebuild towards the end of 2020. The ‘sensitive’ renovation by conservation architects Simpson & Brown and lead designers 3DReid is expected to add a further four bedrooms to the hotel. The facade has been retained and restored, although severe damage to the internal structure meant much of the interior had to be demolished. The Carrick Resort, which houses the clubhouse and spa and was undamaged, has already revealed a £2m upgrade, and the treatment rooms and spa facilities are also being upgraded.

Buxton Crescent hotel and thermal spa

  • Location Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Opening Spring
  • Bedrooms 80
  • Owner Trevor Osborne Property Group and CP Holdings
  • Operator Ensana
  • General manager Jonathan Dawson

The Grade I-listed Crescent in Buxton is finally expected to open as a luxury hotel and spa, after plans were originally announced 15 years ago. It will be the first Ensana Health Spa hotel in the UK and will feature a thermal spa with café and rooftop pool, restaurant, bar, six retail outlets and a function space, including the renovated Assembly Rooms. The thermal spa will have three pools, a salt cave and three saunas. The Crescent was designed by John Carr and constructed in the 1780s, and was the centrepiece of the fifth Duke of Devonshire’s plans to establish a fashionable Georgian spa town in Buxton.

Pan Pacific London

  • Location City of London
  • Opening October
  • Bedrooms 237
  • Owner UOL
  • Design Yabu Pushelberg

The UK’s first Pan Pacific hotel is opening at One Bishopsgate Plaza, a 43-storey residential and hospitality development including 237 bedrooms and 160 luxury residences. It will feature a fourth-floor swimming pool, spa and fitness centre, as well as a meeting and events space, including a double-height ballroom, the Square Mile’s first dedicated ballroom, which will be able to host a banquet for up to 370 guests. Heron International originally planned a third London Four Seasons hotel for the development, but Heron sold the site to the UOL Group in 2014 for a reported £97m and the plans were shelved.

The Fairmont Windsor Park

  • Location Windsor
  • Opening Q3
  • Bedrooms 210
  • Owner The Arora Group
  • Operator Accor

The Arora Group is opening the UK’s third Fairmont-branded property following a multimillion-pound redevelopment of the former 141-bedroom Savill court hotel and spa. The luxury hotel will feature a spa and wellness area that will include an indoor lap pool and outdoor vitality pool, salt room, Hammam and Japanese foot spa. Food and beverage outlets will include a tea lounge, restaurant and a Champagne bar, as well as an all-day dining venue; the property will also have 16 meeting rooms and an 800 sq m pillar-free ballroom for 700 covers.

The Londoner

  • Location Leicester Square, London
  • Opening June
  • Bedrooms 350
  • Owner/operator Edwardian Hotels London
  • General manager Charles Oak

Edwardian Hotels London’s £300m, 350-bedroom ‘super boutique’ property on London’s Leicester Square is set to open with five concept restaurants and lounges, including a rooftop bar, a 6,092 sq ft pillarless ballroom for up to 864 guests, two Odeon Luxe cinemas and a subterranean spa. Extending six levels below ground, it is also believed to have London’s deepest hotel basement. The hotel has already joined marketing consortium Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The appointment of Charles Oak as hotel director marks a return to the group for the hotelier, who was previously general manager of its May Fair hotel in London.

The NoMad London

  • Opening Summer
  • Bedrooms 91
  • Location Covent Garden, London
  • Owner Sydell Group and BTC
  • Design Roman and Williams
  • General manager Kate Hart (née Levin)

The first NoMad hotel outside the US will open in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station in Covent Garden, transforming the 19th-century, Grade II-listed building with much of the original architectural features preserved and woven into the design.

It will feature the first NoMad lounge and, as with other NoMad hotels, will offer expansive food and beverage options under the direction of Daniel Humm. The building’s original Magistrates’ Courtroom will be reimagined as a space for private events, while a museum with rotating exhibitions will honour the history of the Metropolitan Police Force.

More hotels to keep an eye out for:

London

Adagio London Stratford (136 bedrooms – opening Q2)

Canopy by Hilton London City (342 bedrooms – opening Q3)

The Gantry, Stratford (285 bedrooms – opening second half of 2020)

The Guardsman, St James (53 bedrooms – opening April)

Ibis Styles London Seven Kings (92 bedrooms – opening Q1)

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Belgravia (188 bedrooms – reopening spring)

Nhow London (190 bedrooms – opened 2 January)

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square (249 bedrooms – opening spring)

Radisson Red London Greenwich (70 bedrooms – opening second half of 2020)

Residence Inn London Tower Bridge (87 bedrooms – opening Q1)

Ruby Lucy (76 bedrooms –opening January)

Zedwell Piccadilly (700 bedrooms – opening February)

Rest of UK

100 Princes Street, Edinburgh (30 bedrooms – opening late 2020)

42 the Calls, Leeds (37 bedrooms – reopening December 2020)

Adagio Aparthotel Leicester Waterfront (95 apartments – opening Q1)

C-Space, Newquay, Cornwall (30 bedrooms – opening autumn)

Falcon, Northampton (22 bedrooms – reopening March)

Forty Seven Manchester (47 bedrooms – opening late 2020)

Graduate Hotel Cambridge (148 bedrooms – opening summer)

Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone, Northamptonshire (197 bedrooms –opening Q3)

Hope Street hotel, Liverpool (62 bedrooms – opening spring)

Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester (189 bedrooms – opening 14 February)

Hotel Indigo Bath (166 bedrooms – opening mid-2020)

Ibis Bridgwater (144 bedrooms – opening Q4)

Kimpton Clocktower hotel, Manchester (270 bedrooms – reopening spring)

Mercure Newport (150 bedrooms – opening Q2)

MGallery York (49 bedrooms – opening Q2)

Novotel Leicester (154 bedrooms) and Adagio Leicester Aparthotel (98 apartments – opening 16 January)

Private hotel at the Newt in Somerset (17 bedrooms – opening summer)

The Fellows House Cambridge, Curio Collection by Hilton (162 bedrooms – opening Q3)

The Harper, Langham, Norfolk (32 bedrooms – opening April)

The Haslem hotel, Belfast (52 bedrooms – opening spring)

The Hobson, Cambridge (57 bedrooms – opening Q1)

The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Padstow, Cornwall (30 bedrooms – opening May)

The Star, Alfriston, East Sussex (30 bedrooms – opening June)

The Telegraph hotel, Coventry (88 bedrooms – opening September)

The Wellington, Glasgow (98 bedrooms – opening Q1)

The Westgate hotel, Cardiff (175 bedrooms – opening Q4)

Tribe Glasgow Clyde Street (290 bedrooms – opening Q3)

Ty Hotel, Newport (146 bedrooms – opening September)

Victorian House hotel, Grasmere, Cumbria (19 bedrooms – opening February)

Voco Edinburgh – Haymarket (150 bedrooms – opening summer)

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