Investment in the industry is still strong after a disrupted year, with a host of hotel openings set to take place. Katherine Price reports
Raffles London at the OWO
- Location Whitehall, London
- Opening Late 2022
- Bedrooms 120
- Owner The Hinduja Group
- Operator Accor
- Managing director Philippe Leboeuf
The Grade II*-listed former Old War Office (OWO) (above) on Whitehall will relaunch as a hotel under the luxury Raffles banner later this year. The building will open to the public for the first time, having undergone a monumental transformation to create 120 rooms and suites, 85 residences and 11 restaurants and bars, two of which will be designed by Mauro Colagreco, chef-owner of three-Michelin-starred Mirazur in France. The UK's first Raffles hotel will have an extensive wellness space as well as a rooftop restaurant and bar.
Reimagined by Thierry Despont, the OWO was originally completed in 1906 and served as office to political and military leaders of the 20th century, including Sir Winston Churchill. It was also the haunt of the British Secret Service.
- Location Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Opening Spring
- Bedrooms Edinburgh: 225; Glasgow: 242
- Owner Edinburgh: Flemyn; Glasgow: Silk Property Group
- Operator Virgin Hotels
- Starting room rate Edinburgh: £500; Glasgow: £400
- General managers Edinburgh: Scott McArdle; Glasgow: Tom Gibson
The hotel arm of Sir Richard Branson's company is set to return to the UK with not one but two properties in Scotland, due to open next year in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Scottish capital's historic India Buildings will be transformed into a hotel with multiple dining and drinking outlets. The venue was expected to open two years ago, but was delayed after archaeologists unearthed 1,000-year-old artefacts at the site.
The Glasgow property will be located at 236-246 Clyde Street with the brand's signature Commons Club restaurant, bar and social club, and Funny Library Coffee Shop, a communal workspace full of whimsical and funny books and games.
The Other House
Location South Kensington, London Opening Spring Suites 200 Owner The Portfolio Club General manager Simon Drake
The Other House is a new all-suite concept that blurs the lines between hotels, serviced apartments and private rentals, positioning itself as a second home for guests for as long as they want it.
The ‘club flats' with kitchenettes have been designed by Bergman Interiors and the property, formerly Harrington Hall, will also have a restaurant and bar, a wellness area with fitness studio and treatments, and a members' club.
The group is owned by the Portfolio Club, a joint venture between real estate investment advisory firm London Central Portfolio and Netherlands pension provider APG.
Location Edinburgh Opening Spring Bedrooms 33 General manager Willem van Emden Starting room rate £495 Owner/operator Ennismore
The launch of Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh will mark the first expansion of the 96-year-old Gleneagles resort in Auchterarder, Perthshire, a one-hour drive outside of the city.
The building on St Andrew Square, which once housed the British Linen Bank before becoming the Bank of Scotland, has been redesigned by Ennismore Design Studio.
Key features will include a 120-cover, all-day dining restaurant called the Spence, located in the former banking hall; roof terrace bar Lamplighters; and a gym and wellness studio in the old bank vault. A members' club will offer an all-day dining and a bar.
One Hundred Shoreditch
Location Shoreditch, London Opening February Bedrooms 258 Owner/operator Lore Group Hotel manager Mark Jonathan Heyburn Starting room rate £175
The former Ace hotel is being relaunched by Lore Group. One Hundred Shoreditch will feature three bars, a restaurant, coffee shop and takeaway hatch. Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, will open a bar named Seed Library in the basement, while upstairs chef Tom Moore will oversee all-day restaurant Goddard & Gibbs, focusing on British seafood.
A wine bar will serve sharing plates, while the rooftop bar will serve Champagne, sparkling wines, cocktails and spritzes. A separate lobby bar will offer pizzas and drinks.
No 1 by GuestHouse, York
Location York Opening January Bedrooms 39 Owner The Guest brothers General manager Paul Hunter Starting room rate £165
Boutique hotel brand GuestHouse is opening its second property in York. Brothers Tristan, James and Tom Guest took over the former Grange hotel in the city and it has since undergone a refurbishment by designer Martin Hulbert.
It will reopen under the No 1 by GuestHouse name, with a lounge bar serving afternoon tea, a bar with a miniature steam train, a restaurant serving ‘wild British food' and a private dining area. The cellar, which was used as an air raid shelter in World War II, will be transformed into a spa and treatment rooms.
More hotels to keep an eye out for: London
Art'otel London Battersea Power Station (164 bedrooms – H1)
Chateau Denmark, Soho (55 rooms and apartments – early spring)
CitizenM Victoria (226 bedrooms – Q2)
Hotel Amano Covent Garden (141 bedrooms – spring)
Hotel Indigo Clerkenwell (151 bedrooms – late autumn)
Hoxton Shepherd's Bush (237 bedrooms – winter)
Inhabit Queen's Gardens, Bayswater (159 bedrooms – early 2022)
Lost Property, Curio Collection by Hilton, St Paul's (145 bedrooms – spring)
Mandarin Oriental London Mayfair (50 bedrooms – spring)
The Broadwick Soho (57 bedrooms – June)
The Twenty Two, Mayfair (31 bedrooms – spring)
More hotels to keep an eye out for: Rest of UK
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh (30 bedrooms – June)
Bike & Boot, Peak District (60 bedrooms – late summer)
Clayton Hotel Bristol City (253 bedrooms – March)
Clayton Hotel Manchester (329 bedrooms – January)
Fairmont Windsor Park (200 bedrooms – 1 January)
Hampton by Hilton Bath (202 bedrooms – February)
Hotel Brooklyn Leicester (191 bedrooms – May/June)
Hotel La Tour, Milton Keynes (261 bedrooms – April)
Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone, Northamptonshire (197 bedrooms – June)
Hilton Woking, Surrey (189 bedrooms – spring)
Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre (278 bedrooms – February)
Marine Troon, South Ayrshire (89 bedrooms – summer)
Mercure Newport (130 bedrooms – spring)
Mercure Paignton, Devon (160 bedrooms – February)
Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village (221 bedrooms – H2)
Radisson Red Liverpool (201 bedrooms – Q3)
Royal Hotel Llangollen (33 bedrooms – spring)
Seighford Hall, Staffordshire (64 bedrooms – late 2022)
The Albion, Aberteifi, Ceredigion (23 bedrooms – spring)
The Retreat Elcot Park, West Berkshire (55 bedrooms – spring)
The Vices York (three suites – 19 January)
Tŷ Newport (146 bedrooms – autumn)
Tŷ Hotel Milford Waterfront, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire (100 bedrooms – spring)
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