The House of Fraser store in Lincoln is to be demolished and replaced by a hotel and retail scheme.

Plans have just been approved by City of Lincoln Council to convert the four-storey building in Lincoln’s High Street into a 150-bedroom four-star hotel with retail and leisure space on the ground floor.

A council document published ahead of the meeting said: "The proposals represent an opportunity to address an identified need for a lifestyle hotel and mixed-use scheme of the highest quality at a prominent location in the heart of the city centre and conservation area, whilst securing a long term future for this prominent site and impacting positively on the city centre economy.”

Best Western Hotels has announced its biggest ever deal - with Hallmark Hotels. All Hallmark owned properties will join the Best Western branding.

Hallmark Hotels have a portfolio strength of 26 properties. The Hallmark brand started in 2007 and now includes 12 former Menzies Hotels acquired in 2014 and eight former Feathers Hotels all based in the North West of England.

The deal represents Best Western’s largest group deal in its 43-year history.

The deal will increase Best Western’s size by more than 2,500 rooms. The deal comes in the wake of its partnership agreement with Corus hotel group.

Best Western is currently featuring in a Channel 4 series following the organisation and a few its hotels during the working day.

Plans for a new 284-bedroom hotel in Liverpool’s business district have just been approved.

The new hotel will be part of the £200million Pall Mall development in the centre of the city, behind the former Exchange rail station site. The hotel is one component of an overall scheme which will include 400,000 sq-ft of office space and new public realm works.

The identity of the hotel operator has not been released but word on the streets would indicate that Leonardo Hotels is being considered for the role.

The Resident, formerly known as Nadler Hotels, is planning to open its first Scottish property in Edinburgh.

The plan is to convert Meldrum House, an office block near Princes Street, which is currently occupied by HMRC, into a 166-bedroom hotel featuring a ground floor resident’s lounge.

The planned new Resident Hotel will not include restaurant, bar or café facilities but will instead encourage guests to visit local businesses.

Resident Hotels currently operate five boutique properties across London and Liverpool.

Plans have been published to extend and restructure the basement of Rhodes House in central Oxford.

A £20million scheme at the home of the prestigious Rhodes Trust will see three new basements created to allow for additional accommodation, increased office space and a brand-new conference centre.

A central staircase will be installed inside the existing marble-clad rotunda to provide an impressive access from ground level to the foyer of the new conference centre.

Subject to planning approval it is hoped that the main construction will begin at the end of July. The project is expected to take approximately 24 months to complete, enabling the new facilities to open in autumn 2022.

Currently Rhodes House has five meeting spaces as well as extensive gardens. The main Milner Hall will seat up to 200 delegates theatre style.

Rhodes House is the home of the Rhodes Scholarship and has been for around 100 years. It is located in a Cotswold-style mansion house in the centre of Oxford around a 20 minute walk from Oxford station.

Hoteliers, Accor Group and AXA Health Insurance have announced a new partnership to provide medical support to guests across the 5,000 Accor hotels worldwide.  

From July 2020, this partnership will enable Accor guests to benefit from health care including telemedicine through to free access to medical teleconsultations. The partnership will allow hotels to make the most relevant referrals for their guests in the 110 destinations where Accor currently operate.

The agreement is part of Accor’s preparation for the post Covid-19 rebound and will complement its overall global recovery plan.

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