Canopy by Hilton Venice City Centre signifies Italian debut for lifestyle brand

Hilton is set to introduce its upscale lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, to Italy with the new hotel in Venice in 2021.

The news follows a management agreement between Hilton and Marseglia Group, owners of Hilton Venice Molino Stucky.

Canopy by Hilton Venice City Centre will join more than 30 Hilton hotels trading or under development across Italy when it opens in 2021. The hotel will be incorporated within the redevelopment of the existing buildings of the Venetian Botanical Gardens which date back to the nineteenth century.


Splendid Hospitality Group acquires The Stanwell Hotel Heathrow

Splendid Hospitality Group has acquired The Stanwell Hotel located in Stanwell, Staines.

The 53-bedroom property is a five-minute drive from Heathrow Airport with quick access to the M3, M4 and M25. Set in landscaped gardens and offering 60 sqm of function room space, the hotel is positioned for leisure and corporate visitors who require proximity to the airport.

The Stanwell Hotel is approximately 25-minutes’ drive from Windsor and Ascot and golf lovers will appreciate the ten-minute drive to Ashford Manor Golf Club.


Rosebery Estates opens Barnbougle Castle for private hire

The 13th century Barnbougle Castle in Edinburgh is to reopen for private hire in May 2019 after being closed for the last 90 years.

There are two large event spaces within the castle, catering for up to 200 guests. Groups of up to 450 people can be accommodated with the option of marquees in the garden and adjacent Castle Park, which is edged by several hundred yards of sandy beach.

Conveniently located a mere seven miles from the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre and a short 15-minute drive from Edinburgh International Airport, the Castle benefits from easy access to the Forth road bridges and main motorway networks.


Macdonald Burlington Hotel undergoes £750,000 refurbishment

The four-star Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham City Centre has unveiled the first phase of a £750,000 renovation of its meeting and events spaces.

A total of 16 meeting rooms have undergone refurbishment. Rooms have been fitted with modern ClickShare connectivity, designed to encourage collaboration.

Tim Sparrow, general manager of Macdonald Burlington Hotel, said: “This renovation project represents a significant move to modernise our facilities and provide the best possible experience to our business guests.”


Laura Ashley rebrand begins at Burnham Beeches Hotel

Burnham Beeches Hotel in South Buckinghamshire has begun its transformation to rebrand as a Laura Ashley Hotel, making it the third in the portfolio.

The newly refurbished bedrooms feature Laura Ashley Elmley Steel wallpaper with neutral grey and charcoal soft furnishings.

Burnham Beeches has five meeting rooms, including the 150-capacity Windsor Suite, the Chiltern Lounge, which si fitted with a bar and the Denham and Henley Suites, ideal for intimate meetings.


St Andrews’ Old Course Hotel opens newly renovated Ballroom

The Ballroom at the Old Course Hotel has been newly renovated to offer a pre-drinks bar area and seating for 130 guests.

The Ballroom’s new look was designed by Kohler Co, the owners of the Old Course Hotel.

The venue’s golf course and Kohler Waters Spa also make it an ideal place to book incentive trips.


JO&JOE open its hybrid doors in Paris

JO&JOE has launched its new Open House in Paris Gentilly. The property offers a hybrid hospitality concept, a mix of hotel and hostel, called Open Houses, offering a fresh experience in terms of design, dining options, service and customer experience.

Its interiors have been developed with global (UK based) architecture and design studio PENSON. The hotel’s walls are decorated with street art by nine local and international artists.

There are three spaces available for event hire. The bar and restaurant can host 312 standing, the garden is the biggest venue with a capacity for 468 standing and the meeting room holds 84 seated.


Ibis puts style back into a budget stay

The 84-bedroom Victorian hotel has had a makeover from the ground up, which aimed to break the mould of a budget stay.

The hotel now features minimalist furnishings with luxe fabrics and natural wood finishes. The re-imagined lobby now provides a relaxed and airy open-plan hangout space where guests can enjoy the hotel’s free unlimited super-fast Wi-Fi.

Ibis Styles Gloucester Road is close Gloucester Road tube station in South Kensington, and counts the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science & Natural History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall as neighbours.


De Vere Wokefield Estate launches new private dining package

De Vere Wokefield Estate, part of the De Vere collection of country Mansion House hotels and event destinations, has announced a new private dining package available from £36.50 per person.

The package, which is available for between eight and 300 guests, includes room hire, arrival drink, three-course dinner, DJ and disco. The menu includes crusted beef fillet served with spring onions, celeriac and truffle; grilled halloumi, ratatouille and bocconcini lasagne; or a buffet style dinner.

Located just south-west of London, the hotel is close to Reading and is 10 minutes from J11 of the M4 and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport.


Edinburgh city centre hotel receives £5.5m revamp

The Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre is set to receive a multimillion-pound revamp to provide guests with the “next generation” in hotel experience.

The substantial investment will see 25 new bedrooms added to the property’s existing 161 recently refurbished bedrooms and a £350,000 investment to upgrade the lobby and public areas.

Each of the rooms will include large beds with padded, noise-reducing headboards and flexible workspaces which can be transformed in relaxation areas.