Plans have been approved to convert an 111-year-old former Post Office in Blackpool into a new hotel.

The Grade II-listed building in Abingdon Street Is set to become a 148-bedroom Hotel Indigo.

Many of the buildings original features are set to be retained and enhanced including the building’s façade, its stain glass windows and its eight red telephone boxes along the front of the building. The old Post Office and Sorting Office are separated by an interior courtyard, which is also set to be transformed.

The new development will combine a Hotel Indigo and an Indigo Suites. The Indigo Suites will feature more spacious rooms and will include additional facilities including a kitchenette.

Hotel Indigo Blackpool is located in Abingdon Street in the centre of Blackpool, a short walk from Blackpool North station.

We await publication of the proposed opening dates of Hotel Indigo Blackpool.

The Old War Office building on Whitehall in central London is to reopen probably in late 2022 as the first Raffles-branded hotel in the UK.

Raffles London at The OWO will operate as a 120 bedroom and suites flagship hotel along with a collection of 85 branded residences.

Raffles London at The OWO will also feature nine distinct restaurants and bars, an immersive spa with a 20-metre indoor pool and separate vitality pool, plus a 620 seated-capacity grand ballroom.

The Old War Office opened in 1906 since when it has witnessed world-shaping events whilst influential political and military leaders including Winston Churchill, H H Asquith, David Lloyd George and John Profumo held office. It is located opposite Horse Guards on Whitehall, a stone’s throw from St James’s Park and the Mall in central London.

Scottish-based brewers, Brewdog, are planning to open a second hotel in Scotland - in Edinburgh.

Doghouse Edinburgh Hotel will join BrewDog’s Aberdeen Kennels Hotel which opened in 2019.

Doghouse Edinburgh Hotel will occupy the former site of the Canongate Hotel. It will have 20 bedrooms with the standard Brewdog features including shower beers to draft beer taps. The main bar will be located on the ground floor with a Terrace Bar on the first floor. Doghouse Edinburgh Hotel will also be serving tea and coffee as well as offering a 24-hour refreshment package.

Brewdog’s latest hotel opening was the Doghouse Manchester. It opened in April of this year with 18 bedrooms.

The Doghouse Edinburgh will be located on East Market Street, close to Waverley station.

Marriott Hotels Group has officially opened Moxy Glasgow SEC close to the Hydro SSE venue. It opened to coincide with the recent COP26 meeting hosted in Glasgow. It joins Moxy Glasgow Merchant City as the second Moxy hotel in the city.

Moxy Glasgow SEC has 243 bedrooms including 13 suites – all fully equipped with the latest in-room technology including superfast wi-fi and smart 42" smart TVs.

The décor throughout Moxy Glasgow SEC that pays homage to the many events taking place locally. Features include musical paraphernalia such as drumsticks hanging from the ceiling and old-style amplifiers and graffiti-clad walls.

Leisure facilities at Moxy Glasgow SEC include a communal space in the lobby for games and activities, including a snooker table, plus a 24-hour gym.

Food is served throughout the day starting with continental breakfast.

Moxy Glasgow SEC is located in Finnieston Street with the OVO Hydro multi-purpose indoor arena plus the Armadillo on its doorstep.

Moxy Manchester City is a new hotel set to open at a former hat factory in Spinningfields, Manchester in December 2021.

Moxy Manchester City will have 146 boutique bedrooms, communal areas designed for work and meetings, and a 24/7 food & beverage outlet offering snacks and drinks plus a coffee-shop-by-day-cocktail-bar-by night.

Moxy Manchester City is located in Atkinson Street in the heart of the city’s business district in central Manchester.

Accor Hotels Group has introduced a new branding to its range of hotels – the Emblems Collection.

Emblems Collection is a worldwide collection of boutique hotels in major cities and luxury resorts.

“Emblems Collection adds a fresh and exciting new dimension to Accor’s luxury offerings. A key focus of our growth and development strategy is to add aggressively across our strongest lines and leading business accelerators, which includes luxury as well as collection brands, while ensuring all 40+ brands in our global network continue to grow, evolve and flourish,” said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor.

Accor expect the Emblems Collection to grow to around 60 properties worldwide by 2030. The first Emblems Collection hotel will be Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection which opens in China’s Guizhou province in December 2022.

Hotels in the Emblems Collection will fall into three categories:

Emblems Collection Heritage – hotels that are landmarks of a destination.

Emblems Collection Retreat - resort properties along beaches, in the countryside or in the mountains with major, luxurious leisure and wellbeing facilities.

Emblems Collection Signature – design-led hotels.

Target cities in Europe for potential growth of the Emblems Collection include London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Madrid.

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