The Business Travel Magazine Dec/Jan 2019/20




“we talk a lot

about product

and service,

investments and


in technology,

but these

awards are all

about the

people that

make all of that

come to life”

Nominations open

January 2020


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


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.

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