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The Grand Hotel Birmingham set to open in summer 2020

The Grand Hotel Birmingham is set to reopen this year following restoration.

Located in one of Birmingham’s most recognisable building overlooking the city’s Colmore Row, the refurbished hotel will 185 rooms and suites and a central Grosvenor ballroom for large events.

Cody Bradshaw, managing director, head of international hotels at Starwood Capital Group, said: “We’re proud to be working with Hortons’ Estate, whose founder, Isaac Horton, originally built the hotel in the 1870s, on a shared vision to create one of the most prestigious hotels in the UK.”

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Shoredtich to welcome Hart, a new Curio Collection hotel by Hilton

Hart Shoreditch Hotel London is a brand-new 126-room lifestyle hotel from Curio Collection by Hilton is set to open on Great Eastern Street in February 2020.

Located in one of London’s most creative neighbourhoods, the property has been designed by Fabled Studio and named after one of the building’s previous occupants, The Harts, who were cabinetmakers in the 1800s.

The hotel will offer nine guestroom and suite categories, as well as being home to Eastern Mediterranean restaurant BARBOUN and all-day bar, Tavla.

In addition, Hart Shoreditch will have three meeting spaces, two of which have been designed to feel like an 18th Century Huguenot townhouse and can be joined to create a meeting space with a capacity of 22 people boardroom style.

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The Mayfair Townhouse by Iconic Luxury Hotels will debut in September 2020

Iconic Luxury Hotels is to launch The Mayfair Townhouse in September 2020. Situated near London's Green Park, The Mayfair Townhouse is Iconic Luxury Hotels' fifth luxury hotel.

Located on Half Moon Street alongside Piccadilly, The Mayfair Townhouse will have 172 rooms and suites including two Penthouse Suites and Garden Suites, The Dandy Bar, private gym and versatile event spaces.

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ODEON Islington Square cinema premiers its new event space

ODEON Islington Square cinema has launched its new event and incentive offering, providing planners for a cinematic choice for events.

The new 202-seat, six-screen cinema also marks the launch of ODEON Luxe & Dine package which allow guests to order food and drink directly to their seats.

The cinema is also marketed as a business events venue with high-speed Wi-Fi and an in-house events team.

Carol Welch, managing director at Odeon UK and Ireland said: "We’re thrilled to be taking Luxe to the next level with an all-new dine-in proposition. We can’t wait for film fans to get a taste of the new experience, as well as our new gourmet menu."

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Svart to open in Norway’s Arctic Circle in 2022, the world’s first energy-positive hotel

The world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel, Svart, will open in Norway’s Arctic Circle in 2022. The property will have a 360-degree view of the Svartisen glacier and the Northern Lights.

A low-impact, ground-breaking design will allow the project to produce more energy than it uses, consuming approximately 85 per cent less energy than the traditional hotel.

The 99-room property will house four restaurants, a 1,000-square-metre spa, two electric boats, a sustainable farm, an education centre and a design laboratory on-site. Svart will be open to overnight guests, the local community and day-visitors alike.

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Hyatt announces plans for first property in Iceland

Hyatt has announced plans for its first Hyatt property in Iceland, the Hyatt Centric Reykjavík. Expected to debut in 2022, the 169-room Hyatt Centric Reykjavík will bolster Hyatt’s lifestyle portfolio and the Hyatt Centric brand’s presence in Europe.

Hyatt Centric Reykjavík will offer modern accommodations, three food and beverage outlets, including a pop-up rooftop bar overlooking Iceland’s dynamic capital city, and approximately 195sqm of meeting facilities.

A 40-minute drive from Iceland’s main international airport and a 10-minute walk to the city centre, Hyatt Centric Reykjavík will serve as the perfect launchpad for guests wanting to explore the “The Land of Fire and Ice.”

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London’s The Brewery launches ‘Forward Thinking’ wine range

As part of their green commitments, The Brewery has unveiled a selection of ‘Forward Thinking’ sustainable wines that love and look after the planet, celebrate female winemakers and are vegan-friendly.

Will Irvine, beverage manager at The Brewery said: “This list not only celebrates wine, but it is hugely important to us as we are committed to a sustainable future for our venue, while also helping an exciting new generation of creative, ethical producers thrive in a busy and exciting events market.”

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InterContinental London Park Lane unveils Mayfair Collection

The InterContinental London Park Lane has unveiled its new Mayfair Collection, two floors of luxurious guestrooms and suites.

Combining natural tones and modern amenities, the collection takes inspiration from the hotel's location overlooking the Royal Parks in the heart of London.

The multi-million project is due to be completed in Spring 2020, with the first floor of rooms having been finished only recently. In addition to the new guestrooms, Q1 will also see the refurbishment of the Club Lounge on the 7th floor.

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Anantara debuts in North Africa with launch of Anantara Tozeur Resort in Tunisia

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas makes its debut this month in North Africa with the opening of Anantara Tozeur Resort in the southwest of Tunisia.

The hotel will feature 93 rooms, five dining outlets including an Arabian Cultural Village, an Anantara Spa, a Kids Club, floodlit tennis courts and a fitness club with yoga studio.

Ideal for incentives, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas offers Sahara desert tours, camel trekking and visits to some of the filming locations from the original Star Wars trilogy and prequels.

There is also a ballroom which will be able to host banquets for up to 120 guests. Anantara Tozeur Resort is just a 15-minute drive from Tozeur Nefta International Airport.

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Barceló Hotel Group announces its first hotel in Slovenia

Opening in Ljubljana in May 2021, the hotel will offer 151 rooms, conference space and convenient access to Cankarjev Dom, one of Slovenia’s largest convention centres. With 22 rooms and 4,000 square metres of exhibition space, the venue has hosted numerous national and international conferences as well as an exciting roster of cultural events.

“Entering the Slovenian market is a great achievement for The Barcelo Hotel Group, particularly as we are the first Spanish hotel brand to do so,” said Jaime Buxó, chief business development officer at Barceló Hotel Group.

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