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.

  • Travelodge includes a chilled approach with Super Rooms concept upgrade as Travelodge Plus also extends to more properties
  • Hilton expands its Canopy by Hilton brand with Cape Town property addition
  • Hyatt Regency brand to debut in Portuguese market with Hyatt Regency Lisbon late 2020 opening
  • Premier Inn on track for first Isle of Man property opening
  • Marriott completes transformation of iconic Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi
  • Latest industry news and developments

Travelodge includes a chilled approach with Super Rooms concept upgrade as Travelodge Plus also extends to more properties

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to introduce mini chiller cabinets within its Super Rooms as it further expands the concept across more of its properties and further diversifies its portfolio offer. The chain is planning 17 hotel further openings this year as part of a new wave of its expansion programme backed by third-party investment of around GBP115 million and which will grow its business to 595 locations in the UK, Spain and Ireland. Its Super Rooms concept that debuted in 2017 now extends to over 50 properties, while the Travelodge Plus concept that made its debut in 2018 is available at six sites and will shortly be extended to a seventh. The new 17 properties will be opened in Bury St Edmunds, Chippenham, Edinburgh Park, Glasgow, Gosport High Street, Letchworth Garden City, Liverpool Edge Lane, London Dagenham East, London Beckton North Circular, Marlow, Rhyl, Rochester, Sittingbourne, Solihull, Swindon West, Walsall and Winchester. As Travelodge CEO Peter Gowers acknowledges, The brand has “come a long way” from its early days by the side of the motorway. “Today’s Travelodge not only offers the same great value as always, but the extra choice of our new Travelodge Plus and Super Room concepts – ideal for those for who want just that little bit more,” he says.


Hilton expands its Canopy by Hilton brand with Cape Town property addition

Hilton has signed a management agreement with Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s largest REIT, to open the 150 guestroom Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof. The deal marks the further growth of the five year old brand which currently has hotels in nine destinations around the world with more than 35 properties in the pipeline, all with the aim of offering travellers unique and authentic experiences. The Cape Town property will mark the brand’s debut in Africa and is due to open to guests in 2021. It will be located close to the city’s historical epicentre within the 112-year-old site, Longkloof Studios. The project forms part of a precinct redevelopment by Growthpoint Properties, representing a R550m investment in the city. DHK architects will redevelop a building which began life as the premises of what was then the United Tobacco Company and subsequently served as the home of Cape Town’s Women’s Institute.


Hyatt Regency brand to debut in Portuguese market with Hyatt Regency Lisbon late 2020 opening

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has revealed that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise and related agreements to develop the first Hyatt branded hotel in Portugal. The Hyatt Regency Lisbon is expected to open in late 2020 and will feature 200 rooms and apartments. The foray into Lisbon, Portugal’s coastal capital city, is an important milestone for Hyatt, signifying its growing brand presence in increasingly competitive markets across the continent. The number of tourists visiting Portugal has increased for eight consecutive years, with 12.8 million travelers visiting in 2018 alone. The hotel will be situated just a five-minute drive from Lisbon’s historic city centre, located between Rua Guerra Junqueiro and Avenida da Índia, a stunning waterfront location facing Tejo River. According to its design blueprint, the Hyatt Regency Lisbon will offer a wide range of facilities, including a luxurious spa, a swimming pool, a rooftop terrace bar with views over the river, as well as a courtyard and garden. The Hyatt Regency Lisbon will mark continued growth for the brand in Europe, joining Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée and soon-to-open Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira and Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid.


Premier Inn on track for first Isle of Man property opening

Property developer Dandara has successfully handed over the Isle of Man’s first Premier Inn hotel to the company’s parent Whitbread. Situated on Market Street in Douglas, the new 85-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Thyme restaurant will open its doors to customers on 24-Jun-2019. The six-storey hotel was first granted planning permission in Sep-2017. “To get us to this stage Whitbread has made a significant multi-million-pound investment in the new hotel and restaurant building and we expect it will trade very well given the island’s strong business and leisure economy,” says Richard Aldread, head of construction UK and Ireland regions for Whitbread.


Marriott completes transformation of iconic Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi

Marriott International has unveiled the transformed Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace following a full-scale renovation. The property, set in the historical heart of the Georgian capital and a short drive from the old town and close to the ancient Narikala fortress overlooking the city, the Presidential Palace, Tbilisi Botanical Garden and other cultural attractions, is home to 220 rooms and suites. Marriott says the project has delivered a more contemporary look for the guest rooms and public spaces.


News Briefs

Hyatt Hotels Corporation will boost its brand presence in the Middle East over the coming years. The company has confirmed new Andaz Dubai The Palm and Park Hyatt Doha properties will open in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar this year, while Alila Hinu Bay and Grand Hyatt Kuwait will open in Oman and Kuwait in 2020.

Kyiv Boryspil International airport’s commercial director Georgii Zubko has confirmed that the construction of a 12,000sqm, eight level hotel complex near the airport is due to commence in summer 2019. The project, funded by an investor, will be located near terminal D.

HOHM Inc has developed sleeping pod as an alternative for travellers to conventional hotels, as well as an option for a personal “retreat” or private workspace. The 45sqft pods include a bed, a vanity, blackout curtains, WiFi and charging ports for personal electronic devices, and offers airports the ability to take advantage of idle or underutilised space inside a terminal.

Koltsovo International airport in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg has opened an on-site capsule hotel. The property provides 14 compartments for travellers and is located in terminal B.