Check in! – latest hotel highlights from across EMEA

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of some of the latest hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Switzerland to welcome its first Hampton by Hilton Hotel in 2021

Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with HRMP Schaffhausen AG to open Hampton by Hilton Schaffhausen. The 112-room property is slated to open in 2021 as part of a new multipurpose development in Herblingen Business Park.

The hotel will be located around 30km from Zurich Airport and just 230 m. from Herblingen railway station, where travellers can take a direct train to Zurich. Schaffhausen boasts several tourist attractions – Rhine Falls, one of Europe’s largest waterfalls, which attracts thousands of visitors per year, while Schaffhausen’s old town is widely regarded as one of the best preserved medieval towns in central Europe.


Leonardo Hotels Opens Its First Hotel in Southampton

Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland officially opened the Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour on 30-Jan-2019, formally called the Grand Harbour Hotel. Located in the city centre on West Quay Road, Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour was originally opened in 1994 by De Vere and the four-star property features 173 rooms and suites as well as the city’s only Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

The hotel also has 13 meeting and event spaces, including the Mayflower function room which holds up to 500 people, making it the biggest hotel event space in the city, while new for 2019, the Spa at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour will relaunch with new packages and products for guests.

Leonardo Hotels is a recent entrant into the UK hotel market, with nine hotels: six in Scotland; located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Perth, and one in London Heathrow, Southampton and Manchester. However, it has a significant international presence, with more than 150 properties across several major European cities in Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic.


Twenty14 Holdings makes Swiss debut with purchase of upcoming IntercityHotel Zurich Airport

Twenty14 Holdings, the Swiss based hospitality investment arm of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group International, has entered into a forward purchase contract with Swiss real estate developer Necron AG for the upcoming IntercityHotel Zurich Airport in Rümlang, Switzerland. The property is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2020. It will be operated by Deutsche Hospitality (Steigenberger Hotels AG) under a 20 year contract.

The 260-room, 4-star hotel will be located close to the Rümlang station, A1 motorway and just ten minutes from Zurich International Airport. Its design has been based on the new Intercity Hotels Matteo Thun design standards and it will include meeting and event spaces, a restaurant, an indoor fitness centre, and spa area as well as underground and outdoor parking facilities.

This will be Twenty14 Holdings’ second property to be operated by Deutsche Hospitality, which operates T14H’s Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai, UAE. It joins a portfolio of USD750m worth of luxury properties across the UK, the Middle East, and India.


News Briefs

  • Aparthotel operator Staycity will collaborate in a 620-room property development along with Premier Inn located at a new GBP203 million complex in London’s Paddington that is due to open in 2021. The Premier Inn will feature 373 rooms, while the aparthotel side of the property will feature studios and one-bedroom apartments and operate under the Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity brand.
  • IHG confirms plans to open more than 25 Kimpton hotels across 20 new global destinations including Mexico City, Paris, Barcelona, Bali and Shanghai, in the next three to five years. Upcoming marquee hotel openings include the Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh, Scotland and reflect the growing interest in the boutique hotel sector, among the fastest growing in the industry.
  • Hilton will extend its partnership with real estate and private equity company Dominvs Group to four new hotels in London and Bath. These include the first property under Hilton’s new ‘urban lifestyle’ brand Motto by Hilton, which is under construction with Dominvs Group in London’s Marylebone. The others are the St Paul’s Creed Court Hotel, which will be part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, as well as Hampton by Hilton London City and Hampton by Hilton Bath.

And finally… How a shoe in the hotel safe can safeguard your trip home

Airline pilots and flight attendants are frequent travellers and therefore can provide some excellent guidance to avoid pitfalls during travel. Many have used this experience to publish books offering travel insights and one such example, ‘Welcome Aboard!: Cabin Crew Secrets: Answering every question you ever had about flying!’ from Neil Jackson, provides advice for all hotel guests. “If you use the safe in your hotel room put a single shoe (sensible or otherwise) inside it, along with your valuables. Looking for that missing shoe should remind you to empty the safe when you pack to leave,” it explains.