THE REVIEW R O O M R E P O R T “we talk a lot about product and service, investments and developments in technology, but these awards are all about the people that make all of that come to life” Nominations open January 2020 thebusinesstravel peopleawards.com The Londoner set for summer opening The Londoner hotel is on course to open in June 2020 in one of the year's most eagerly anticipated additions to the capital's accommodation portfolio. Developed by Edwardian Hotels London and located near Leicester Square, the new-build 16-storey property will have 350 rooms and is being described as 'boutique in feel yet staggering in scale'. It will also have a penthouse with panoramic views, two private screening rooms, six restaurants and bars – including a ground floor tavern and a rooftop terrace – plus a ballroom for up to 864 guests and various meeting and event spaces. Its developers have secured a £175million Green Loan from HSBC UK to ensure the new hotel ”doesn’t just meet but exceeds the BREEAM Excellent category in building environmental and sustainable performance“. THe ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport East will open by the end of December. ITS interior design Reflects the local Art Deco architecture of the 'Golden Mile' including the Hoover building, the Gillette Factory and Firestone HQ britannia hotels named and shamed Britannia Hotels has been ranked the worst large UK hotel chain for the seventh year in a row in a survey by Which? Travel. Guests are ten times more likely to award it a poor rating for cleanliness than any other hotel, while it achieved a one-star rating in nearly all categories – including bathrooms, bed comfort, facilities and value for money – and an overall score of 39%. The group’s solitary two-star achievement was in the customer service category. EasyHotel (58%) and Ibis Budget (60%) were the next poorest performers, but scored significantly better than Britannia. Meanwhile, Premier Inn retained its place at the top of the rankings but had to share the crown with Wetherspoon Hotels, with both groups scoring 79%. They were closely followed by Hilton Garden Inn (78%) and Radisson Blu Edwardian (77%), while Hilton Hampton (74%) was fifth. staycity takes wilde brand into berlin Aparthotel group Staycity has opened its second property under its Wilde brand in the German capital of Berlin, with a third to follow in Edinburgh in December. Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie is Staycity’s first property of any brand in Germany. The 48-unit development is part of a new scheme occupying what was the best-known crossing point of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. The new Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, Edinburgh, Grassmarket has 128 studios and apartments in a central city location, at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.
THE REVIEW O RN O TOHM E RGERP OURNT D IN BRIEF Yotel goes Dutch Budget hotel brand Yotel has opened its first city hotel in mainland Europe. The Yotel Amsterdam Noord, located close to the city's Centraal Station, has 202 rooms styled as ‘cabins’ with signature features such as adjustable space-saving beds. It is the brand’s second city centre hotel in Europe, following the opening of Yotel Edinburgh New Town. Yotel Porto, Glasgow and London are slated to open in early 2020. Six up for Travelodge Budget hotel chain Travelodge has opened six new properties in the closing months of the year. The new properties in Chippenham, Edinburgh, London Dagenham and Beckton, Rochester and Sittingbourne represent an investment value of £45million. Selina doubles up Latin American hotel group Selina has opened its second UK property in the heart of Birmingham’s creative and historical Jewellery Quarter. The 39-room hotel follows hot on the heels of its first UK opening in Manchester, with a third expected to open in Liverpool. City debuts Hyatt will make its debut in the Czech Republic with the opening of the Andaz Prague hotel in 2021, while the Barceló Hotel Group has lined up its first hotel in Slovenia – a 151-room hotel with extensive conference space set to open in capital city Ljubljana in 2021. LRA gets the Tripbam treatment Reshopping specialist Tripbam has issued two service enhancements: Smart Sourcing and LRA Enforcement. The latter will help ensure clients’ negotiated terms on last room availability are honoured by their hotel partners. If the client’s agreed rates are not available to book, Tripbam will notify the non-compliant hotel and rebook the reservation at the corrected rate. Early use in trials has led to 3%-5% savings on overall hotel spend and a 90% increase in rate availability. Meanwhile, Smart Sourcing enables clients to source and add dynamic or static discounted rates at a particular hotel – at any time of year – when changes in volume in a particular location necessitate the addition of a new property. A pilot with ten Tripbam clients saw 74% of offers accepted at the rate and discount provided. treehouse hotel takes guests back to nature A new nature-inspired lifestyle hotel has opened in central London. Situated in Marylebone, Treehouse London features 95 guest rooms, including 15 suites. Interiors are designed to reflect the great outdoors, with quirky touches such as cuckoo clocks and sleeping bag throws. Every guest room has organic cotton sheets as well as locally-sourced bath and other products. In keeping with the design, the hotel’s sustainable initiatives include using reclaimed wood, exposed rafters and a robust composting and recycling program. It is also committed to reducing single-use plastics. The hotel features a coffee lounge, restaurant and rooftop bar. The hotel has been developed by Sternlicht as a sister-brand to 1 Hotels and will be operated by Starwood Hotels. new identity signals locke acceleration Serviced apartments specialist SACO has rebranded as Edyn, with its new group identity and online portal signalling a phase of rapid pan-European growth with nine new properties in the pipeline. Edyn will bring the group’s portfolio of hospitality brands – SACO, Locke, The Moorgate extended-stay serviced apartments in London and boutique aparthotel The Wittenberg in Amsterdam – together under a new group identity. Nine new properties under the Locke brand, comprising more than 1,500 aparthotel rooms across the UK and Europe, will open by 2022. “We’re on a journey of acceleration with the Locke brand and, as well as the pipeline of nine new destinations, we’re constantly looking for new opportunities across pan-European gateway and hub cities,” says Edyn Chief Executive Officer, Stephen McCall. manchester gets a taste of brooklyn A new design-led hotel will open in central Manchester in February. Named Brooklyn and featuring décor inspired by the New York borough, the Bespoke Hotels property is set within Manchester’s old industrial district and features 189 New York loft-style bedrooms. Bespoke Hotels’ Robin Sheppard, says: “We are thrilled to have secured this fantastic site in the heart of Manchester’s historic industrial thoroughfare of Portland Street. It is a perfect fit for Manchester, not solely in terms of the architectural grandeur and convenience of its location, but the abundant character of the city.” THEBUSINESSTRAVELMAG.com 49