Construction work on the new 65-bedroom Bike & Boot Inn in Scarborough is approaching completion, with the final touches to be finished by the middle of June.

The project has involved the full refurbishment and overhaul of the former 50-bedroom Mount Hotel in Scarborough.

Bike & Boot will have 65 bedrooms plus a new in-house hotel cinema, an e-bike charging stations, dog and boot wash, a refurbished bar plus a restaurant and kitchen area.

The Bike & Boot Inn Scarborough opening marks the UK debut of the Bike & Boot brand - a “modern leisure” concept with “funky interiors”. Further expansion is planned in the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and the Lake District.

The hospitality industry may be facing an uncertain future currently but there are optimistic developments on the horizon. One of these is a new 230-bedroom hotel planned in the centre of Birmingham.

The new hotel would be located in a new 35-storey tower in Broad Street – a short walk from the centre of Birmingham. The development would be called The Square and the hotel would share space in the development with a private apartment development.

The Square has been designed by Corstorphine & Wright Architects for Taylor Grange Developments. A planning application to build The Square has been lodged with Birmingham City Council.

Bespoke Hotels group is planning to open its second Hotel Brooklyn this summer in Leicester. The first Hotel Brooklyn opened in central Manchester earlier this year.

Hotel Brooklyn Leicester will be located alongside Welford Road Stadium – home of Leicester Tigers rugby team.

Hotel Brooklyn Leicester will have 191 bedrooms including a number of skyline suites. It will feature a striking central atrium stretching over five floors. It will also feature Lair restaurant and bar and a Runyon's diner in the hotel atrium. The hotel promises extensive conferencing and events facilities both inside the hotel and in the Welford Road stadium. Hotel Brooklyn Leicester will offer direct access into the stadium.

Hotel Brooklyn Leicester is expected to open in 2022.

Incentive Travel (ITCM) is reporting an online initiative by ConferenceLeeds that allows the conference organizer to make a personal tour of the various conference venues in the centre of Leeds.

ConferenceLeeds is the conferencing and events bureau for the city of Leeds. Launching ‘Virtual Leeds’ is their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Virtual Leads’ is a digital tour of the major conference venues in the city allowing the conference organizer to view the meeting and events facilities in 26 of the city’s leading venues both residential and non-residential.

Claire Heap, Head of ConferenceLeeds, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have launched Virtual Leeds on our new website. Amidst the global pandemic, the UK’s conference and events industry has been quick to adapt to a more digital approach, and the launch of Virtual Leeds is a true reflection of this. By offering an enhanced digital service, we are able to continue supporting conference organisers and connect with the wider conference industry as a whole. In showcasing the very best that Leeds has to offer, we hope to continue to build upon Leeds as a conferencing destination, but it is able to return stronger and more resilient than ever before.”


Plans have just been approved to develop the Grade-II listed Chapel Spa, a day spa in Cheltenham, into a 12-bedroom hotel.

The Chapel Spa building dates from 1816. It is located in North Place just outside Cheltenham town centre.

Plans would see the construction of around 12 bedrooms across two floors of the spa. The spa facilities would remain including the pool. The current gym facility would be converted into four treatment rooms.

Development work has not yet started on the building but a completion by June 2021 is anticipated.

Plans have been submitted to turn Nottingham’s Guildhall building into a luxury 162-bedroom hotel.

Plans for the four-star hotel also include a rooftop fine dining restaurant, a spa plus conference and events facilities. The existing courtrooms in the building will be converted into bar and restaurant facilities and will retain the original listed features.

The Guildhall was originally built in 1887 and has hosted a magistrates’ court, police station and fire station.

If plans are approved it is anticipated that work on the site could commence later this year.

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