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Clarion Hotel The Hub in Oslo to open in March 2019

In March 2019, Oslo's Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania will reopen as Clarion Hotel The Hub, a modern business hotel that is ideal for meetings and conferences. Located just minutes away from Oslo's central train station, the hotel will have 810 rooms, several with panoramic views of the city and a private balcony or terrace. It will also boast 24 flexible meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 1,850 people, including 10 boardrooms and a 80 sqm VIP room. The restaurant and bar will offer stunning city views and sustainable local ingredients, many of which will be grown on the 200 sqm roof of the hotel, TheGrowHub.

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Monkey Island Estate to open in Berkshire

In February 2019, YTL Hotels UK’s newest property, the much-anticipated Monkey Island Estate, will open in the historic village of Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire. The island, with a history dating back 800 years, has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals. Following YTL’s renovation, visitors from London and beyond will have their very own private countryside escape to enjoy. The striking white bricked Pavilion and Temple buildings will now make up the main hotel areas of YTL’s Monkey Island Estate, surrounded by picturesque views of the River Thames and beautifully manicured gardens. Set across seven acres, the restored Monkey Island Estate will consist of 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites plus a separate barn with 11 rooms for private hire. Monkey Island will be the perfect retreat for those wanting to take a foodie pilgrimage to the culinary excellence of Bray. Monkey Island will also be making its own mark on the area with their relaxed Monkey Island Brasserie serving up modern British cuisine. The Estate will also boast a Floating Spa, a first of its kind bespoke barge which will offer treatments on the River Thames.

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Ruby Lucy set to open in 2019

Ruby Hotels, the Munich-based hotel brand and pioneer of the ‘Lean Luxury’ philosophy, has revealed plans for its UK property, Ruby Lucy. Set to open in Summer 2019, the new hotel will be Ruby Hotels’ first outside of Germany and Austria and will form part of an ambitious expansion plan for Ruby Hotels to unveil a total of nine new hotels by 2021. Ruby Lucy will house 76 rooms, ranging in size from cosy ‘Nest’ rooms, to expansive ‘Loft’ rooms. There will be a stylish bar and dining area, a communal work station and a library. All guest rooms will showcase Ruby Hotels’ sleep-scientist-approved formula for the perfect night’s sleep, with full soundproofing, blackout curtains, high-quality linen and extra-long and wide custom mattresses. A laid-back, contemporary design will see quirky touches such as the inclusion of a Marshall guitar amp in each room, which guests can use both with their own guitar or one borrowed from reception, and ‘Ruby Radio’, the hotel group’s own internet radio station.The hotel will be located in London’s Southbank on Lower Marsh, a historic market street with many small bars, restaurants and boutiques. The hotel will be located close to Waterloo mainline train and underground station, providing excellent connections with London’s public transportation network.

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Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon to open in January 2019

Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon, formerly The Falcon Hotel, will open its doors at the end of January 2019 and officially open on 4 February after a multi-million pound major restoration project. The Grade 2 listed historic building, which dates back to the 16th century, has been restored over an 18 month period and is the biggest refurbishment in the hotel’s long history. The decorative black and white half-timbered building is blended with modern, stylish, contemporary bedrooms, lounges, a restaurant and bar that provide guests with a unique boutique hotel. At Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon there are 93 guest rooms which are designed on three themes, the Tudor Rooms, offer views over the site of Shakespeare’s New Place. The Contemporary Rooms, which are built in the newer wing, offer a sophisticated and elegant design. Of the 93 rooms, 76 are standard rooms, 2 are accessible, 12 are superior and 3 are suites. Within the hotel there will be a restaurant 'The Woodsman.' The hotel is located just 5 miles from M40 J15, A46/A429 exit and only 28 miles from Birmingham International and 92 miles from London Heathrow. Stratford upon Avon railway station is only 0.6miles from the hotel.

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Church Street serviced apartments open in Manchester

Located in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter, Church Street is the latest destination from Supercity Aparthotels. A unique blend of boutique hotel meets serviced apartment. Church Street provides guests with the comforts and freedom of being at home, alongside many of the amenities associated with a hotel, as well as plenty of character and style. Church Street’s 69 contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments are set across 19 floors, with a number of the suites boasting panoramic views of the city, which guests can enjoy from the comfort of their very own private roof terrace or balcony. Church Street offers a 24-hour reception, an onsite gym, Sky TV and a weekly housekeeping service. Personal training sessions, extra house-keeping and dry-cleaning services are available at an extra cost. Church Street Aparthotel is just minutes away from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations, connecting guests to the UK’s extensive rail network as well as Manchester Airport.

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Science Museum to open Flight Gallery for daytime hire

The Science Museum in South Kensington has announced that the Flight Gallery is now available for daytime event bookings from January 2019. This is the first time that the space has been available to hire during the day. Styled as a replica air hanger and containing many significant objects in aviation history, the gallery will be available on an exclusive basis with limited dates available per month to still allow access to the public on a regular basis. The Flight gallery can accommodate up to 400 guests for a seated lunch or as a standing break out space. Home to full-sized planes, model aircraft and commemorative exhibits as well as overhead walkways for guests to get up-close to the objects, clients can choose to hire the gallery alone, or in combination with the IMAX theatre or Illuminate. Jodie Guilford, business development & marketing manager at the Science Museum, said: “We are excited to be able to open the doors of our popular Flight Gallery for daytime events for the very first time, offering clients the opportunity to make the most of exclusive access to what has been predominately a public gallery until now. With additional options available such as hire of Illuminate and the IMAX alongside Flight, we are looking forward to seeing the inventive event concepts clients will have the opportunity to carry out!”The Flight gallery is also available for evening hire for dinners of up to 400 for dinner with dancing for up to 350 guests. The space can be hired alongside the museum’s new two-level space Illuminate for an evening event, with the option of an early drinks reception in Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery.

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Castle Hotel, Windsor completes final stage of refurbishment

Castle Hotel, Windsor- MGallery by Sofitel has completed the final stage of its refurbishment, with the overhaul of its meetings and conference facilities. The property underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment of its 108 bedrooms and public areas in 2015. The hotel, whose origins date back to the 16th Century- now offers 11 refreshed meeting spaces of various sizes, such as the restored Windsor Suite, the largest ballroom in the area. Featuring high-vaulted ceilings and a stylish built-in bar and stage. It can host up to 400 guests in theatre style, and 300 in banquet. For smaller groups, the Blenheim Room sits up to 16 banquet style. The refurbishment was focused on modernising the existing meeting spaces into multi- purpose rooms while providing sought after requirements such as tech support, boosting connectivity and AV facilities. As part of the new offering, Castle Hotel, Windsor - MGallery by Sofitel has introduced three new M&E packages; The Mermaid Inn, The Royal Warrant Holder & The Pennington package, with prices starting from £70 Delegate Daily Rate and from £240 for 24 Hour Rate per delegate. Barry Winter, general manager at the hotel said: “It was a great launch event which significantly boosted the number of booking enquiries being made in October alone. We are very proud of what we have achieved with our meetings space and wanted to present it to our trusted partners and clients.” The property underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment of its 108 bedrooms and public areas in 2015.

Trondheim’s Britannia hotel to reopen in April 2019 after major refurb

The Britannia hotel in the Norwegian city of Trondheim will open its doors in April 2019 after a major refurbishment. The hotel dates back to 1870 and it will become an international five-star hotel featuring 245 brand new rooms, 11 suites and six restaurants and bars. It will also feature conference facilities for 300 people, 13 meeting rooms, and a spa and gym. Building on Trondheim's reputation as a destination for foodlovers, the head chef will be Christopher Davidson, the silver winner of the international chef competition Bocuse d’Or 2017.

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Hotel Esencia, Mexico, announces expansion plans for 2019

Set on the unspoiled ivory sands of the Riviera Maya, Hotel Esencia has seen a major refurbishment this year and will unveil major additions in 2019. Next year will see the launch of two Penthouse Suites, in addition to two Master Beach Suites, and a new international Coffee Bar. In January, Hotel Esencia will welcome the internationally acclaimed Beefbar concept by Riccardo Giraudi. The Two new Penthouse Suites, will be designed to be ‘apartments in the sky’ with sweeping ocean and jungle views. Perched three levels above the hotel’s palm garden, these two-storey suites will each feature a large master bedroom with a King bed, a separate adjoining living room, a large bathroom and an expansive outdoor dining terrace. The penthouses will also feature a rooftop terrace with a heated plunge pool and Champagne bar, overlooking all 50 acres of Hotel Esencia and the waters of the Caribbean Sea from the highest vista. The hotel will also unveil two new Master Beach Suites. Seconds from the sea and built right on Xpu-Ha beach. Each suite will be designed for maximum privacy, comfort and relaxation. They will feature a King bed, private beachfront terrace, and an in-room double bathtub. The Master Beach Suites will also feature individual heated plunge pools.

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Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden reopens new spa

Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden has launched a new spa retreat. The opening of the new wellness centre will be preceded by a construction period of six months. Marten Schwass, managing director of the Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden said: “After more than 20 years, renovation was urgently needed. We are very excited to be offering an even better travel experience for our guests with the comfort of the new wellness area.” The pool area has been completely renovated and modernised, with the addition of a newly designed treatment and sauna area with a unique baroque design element, created to reflect the appearance of Dresden. There are two Finnish saunas in the spa with three treatment rooms, available for massages, pedicures, manicures and single or couple treatments. The steam bath and infrared cabin are ideal for warming and relaxing the body in a therapeutic way and complete the wellness range. Cocktails, aromatic water or juices are served at the wellness bar.

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