A new hotel could be built just off the Brighton seafront, behind the Hilton Metropole Hotel.

Owners of the Brighton Metropole Hotel have secured planning approval to replace the existing exhibition and conference halls with a nine-storey hotel with 221 bedrooms.

The proposed scheme involves demolishing the exhibitions halls and replacing them with a nine-storey hotel with 221 bedrooms. The façade of the Grade II-listed building would be retained

Dalata Hotels group will operate the hotel whilst Hilton Hotels will continue to run the Hilton Metropole Hotel.

It was always going to be a potential future development in the hotel market. News now reaches us that the first space hotel is being planned.

The space hotel named the Voyager Class Space Station will be able to hold up to 400 guests. It is slated to open in 2027.

As well as bedroom accommodation the Voyager Class Space Station will also include bars, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Orbital Assembly Corporation is the company planning the new hotel. They are designing a station to accommodate both national space agencies conducting research as well as for the adventurous tourist who wants to experience life in space but in the comfort of a nice hotel.

Two concentric rings will form the structure of the space station with the inner ring acting as the docking hub. The outer ring will provide a base for mounting habitable modules, solar panels, radiators and even a rail transport system.

Construction on the Voyager Class hotel is expected to begin in 2025.

It will be interesting to see if the new hotel publishes a competitive day delegate rate or a 24 hour delegate rate for meetings and events.

Brewery and pub chain operator, BrewDog, have been granted planning permission to open a BrewDog hotel in Manchester  - it’s first in England.

The Doghouse Manchester will have 18 bedrooms across three floors each furnished with shower beer fridges and draft beer taps. The Doghouse Manchester will feature a bar, a restaurant and a rooftop terrace. Guests will also be offered a welcome beer on arrival.

The Doghouse Manchester will be located in Fountain Street in the centre of Manchester. It will be part of a development which also includes a coffee shop, a cinema, co-working spaces and areas for pop-up events.

The Doghouse Manchester is scheduled to open in June 2021. It will join the Doghouse Aberdeen, the only other BrewDog hotel in the UK.

A major new-build hotel development is set to open in North Yorkshire in mid-May 2021.

Sandburn Hall Hotel will open on a 1,000-acre site just off the A64, near Castle Howard, between York and the coast.

The site already includes an 18-hole championship golf course and a restaurant

Sandburn Hall Hotel will include 40 bedrooms including two suites. Meeting and events facilities include the Grand Function Hall seating 200 delegates theatre style, the Sanderson Room seating 80 theatre style and a Sports Hall with 62ft x 112ft of exhibition space.

Team building events can also be hosted in the hotel grounds.

Marriott has just opened Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge its second Moxy-branded hotel in Edinburgh.

Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge stands on the site of the former Fountainbridge Brewery which closed in 2004. The building’s history is now reflected in the hotel décor with oversized beer tanks in the lobby and beer lines strategically located throughout the public spaces.

Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge has 262 bedrooms plus a rooftop bar and terrace, with views across to Edinburgh Castle.

Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge also features a small cinema, two fully-equipped high-tech meeting rooms, a communal ‘chillout zone’ and a fitness centre.

Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge joins Moxy Edinburgh Airport which opened in 2019.

Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge is located on Freer Gait in the city centre and a short walk from Edinburgh Haymarket station.

IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced that it is to open two voco branded hotels in Scotland , one in Glasgow the other in Edinburgh.

Voco Grand Central Glasgow will open at Glasgow Central station. It will have 230 bedrooms plus extensive meeting and events spaces.

The second Scottish opening, voco Edinburgh – Haymarket, will mark IHG’s seventh voco hotel, and it’s first ‘new-build’ to open in the UK. Located in the West End of Edinburgh, the hotel will have 150 bedrooms and suites, an all-day restaurant The Blossom and a destination-led bar: Edinburgh at the Bar.

IHG Hotels & Resorts is seeking to open both hotels in March in-line with the Scottish Government’s exceptions and guidelines and in anticipation of the re-opening of Scottish hospitality in April/May.

IHG Hotels & Resorts currently has ten voco hotels open across Europe, including Cardiff, Oxford and Reading in the UK.

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