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London Hotel News

  • newThe Stafford Hotel and Kempinski part ways
    The Kempinski hotel group’s presence in London has come to a temporary end this month, with the termination of its management contract at the Stafford Hotel. Kempinski has managed the hotel since 2010, but according to a statement from the Stafford…
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  • London hotel news roundup 25/08/14

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  • Pan Pacific to open London hotel
    UOL, the parent company of Pan Pacific, has recently bought Heron Plaza and plans to open a hotel there. At present, planning permission on the site has been granted for a building with 43 floors, including a 190-room hotel along with retail and apa…
    - 7 days ago 21 Aug 14, 7:33am -
  • London hotel news roundup 17/08/14
    Here’s the latest London hotel news: Asian hotel chain Pan Pacific has announced plans to open its first London hotel on Heron Plaza – Buying Business Travel The Evening Standard has been looking at ‘London’s best hotel breakfasts’ The Bagl…
    - 10 days ago 18 Aug 14, 7:31am -
  • Montcalm Marble Arch uses Google Glass to improve guest experience
    The Montcalm London Marble Arch has become the first hotel in London to utilise Google Glass technology to enhance guest experience. The hotel’s Guest Experience Managers are being trained to use the digital glasses, to enable them to maintain eye…
    - 14 days ago 14 Aug 14, 7:22am -
  • London hotel news roundup 11/08/14
    Here’s the latest London hotel news: London’s hotel suites are now the most expensive in the world, according to a new report by Dataloft – Telegraph Mayfair is the most expensive area to stay in – Hotel Owner Trade union Unite is campaigning…
    - 17 days ago 11 Aug 14, 7:16am -
  • Work progressing on Old Street’s new courthouse hotel
    Work is currently progressing to turn the former Old Street Magistrates Court into a five-star boutique hotel . The hotel is expected to have 128 guest rooms, suites and a rooftop bar, and according to Hotel Chatter there will also be a gym, cinema,…
    - 21 days ago 7 Aug 14, 7:38am -
  • London hotel news roundup 04/08/14
    Here’s your weekly dose of London hotel news: Hotel room bookings in London for August are exceptionally high, with more than half of all rooms booked before the start of the month – Big Hospitality While fresh research from HRS puts London hotel…
    - 24 days ago 4 Aug 14, 7:36am -
  • Grosvenor House Hotel bidding war intensifies
    The ownership of the Grosvenor House Hotel is in the balance, as Indian billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla has recently put in a bid for the property. Other bidders are understood to include the Sultan of Brunei and an investment group linked to the Qatari…
    - 28 days ago 31 Jul 14, 7:37am -
  • London hotel news roundup 28/07/14
    Here’s your weekly dose of London hotel news: Indian billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla has joined the ongoing bidding war for ownership of London’s Grosvenor House hotel – Economic Times glh. has launched ‘every hotels’ as a limited service four…
    - 31 days ago 28 Jul 14, 7:14am -

London Hotels Insight

  • newCocktails in the peaceful sanctuary of One Aldwych.

    Cocktails in the peaceful sanctuary of One Aldwych.

    After a recent night at the theatre, a friend and I ducked into the lobby bar at One Aldwych. With its timeless modern design, it was a welcome refuge after fighting through the crowds around the Strand and we were able to take a seat right away, ev…
    - 23 hours ago 27 Aug 14, 8:08am -
  • The changing hotel map of London: a history and a forecast.

    The changing hotel map of London: a history and a forecast.

    Once upon a time, if you wanted to stay in a decent hotel in London, you had one choice: the West End. Back in the early 1980s, there was practically nothing in the City (the Great Eastern was really showing its age, before being refurbished in 1996)…
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  • Get your five a day the fun way at Sofitel St James.

    Get your five a day the fun way at Sofitel St James.

    - 3 days ago 25 Aug 14, 9:01am -
  • How to eat healthily in London hotels.

    How to eat healthily in London hotels.

    I love my job when I’m hotel reviewing – but I dread looking at the scales when I get back home! Eating healthily in hotels is difficult – the portions are often so large, sauces are full of dairy fat and it’s often surprisingly difficult to…
    - 6 days ago 22 Aug 14, 9:47am -
  • Are “minimum spend” rules unreasonable?

    Are “minimum spend” rules unreasonable?

    The controversy of minimum spends in London hotel bars and dining establishments doesn’t seem to be ending. It all began when a businessman reported having to spend £75 on three bottles of water, due to a £25 per person minimum spend at The Welle…
    - 7 days ago 21 Aug 14, 10:47am -
  • The Beaumont opens booking for an October opening.

    The Beaumont opens booking for an October opening.

    This autumn is looking to be a busy time for new openings on London’s hotel scene. With The Mondrian taking bookings for their September 30th opening and the Hoxton Holborn readying themselves for a ‘late summer’ opening, The Beaumont is now ta…
    - 8 days ago 20 Aug 14, 10:16am -
  • Afternoon tea with an Italian flavour at the Baglioni Hotel London.

    Afternoon tea with an Italian flavour at the Baglioni Hotel London.

    The Italian-owned Baglioni Hotel London do everything with a Mediterranean touch, and their afternoon tea is no exception. I recently went to check out how the Italian backbone of the hotel influences their menu, and even took an Italian friend al…
    - 9 days ago 19 Aug 14, 11:26am -
  • Grosvenor House sale is imminent amidst controversy.

    Grosvenor House sale is imminent amidst controversy.

    According to a report by DNA India, an agreement has been made with a ‘foreign party’ to sell London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, along with the New York Plaza and the Dream Hotel in Manhattan. Jailed Sahara Group chairman Subrata Roy put the hotel…
    - 10 days ago 18 Aug 14, 9:09am -
  • International influences in London hotels.

    International influences in London hotels.

    Think London, and many think of bobbies on the beat, guardsmen in their bearskins and red tunics, red phone boxes (not as many as there used to be), red buses and black taxis. Very English. Add the curious ceremony of afternoon tea, the full English…
    - 13 days ago 15 Aug 14, 9:06am -
  • The Montcalm gets futuristic with Google Glass for its staff.

    The Montcalm gets futuristic with Google Glass for its staff.

    There’s been much talk about Google Glass recently, as the next level in personal technology. Marketed as a hands-free alternative to smart phones and tablets, Google Glass became available in the UK in June 2014. Although it’s still in prototype…
    - 14 days ago 14 Aug 14, 9:08am -
  • Free tickets to V&A exhibitions with Baglioni Hotel London.

    Free tickets to V&A exhibitions with Baglioni Hotel London.

    The beautiful Baglioni Hotel London is offering a brilliant deal for history, art and fashion lovers. When you book a stay at the hotel with the Victoria and Albert package, you receive complimentary tickets for an exhibition at the Victoria and Albe…
    - 15 days ago 13 Aug 14, 9:15am -
  • Another “budget chic” hotel brand comes to London.

    Another “budget chic” hotel brand comes to London.

    If there’s one sector of the hotel industry that’s experiencing a growth in London, it’s budget hotels that refuse to compromise on style and location. We’ve had citizenM, Qbic and Z Hotels in recent years, and now German-owned Motel One is c…
    - 16 days ago 12 Aug 14, 9:07am -
  • Suites and sweeping: a tale of two hotel industries.

    Suites and sweeping: a tale of two hotel industries.

    Recently we reported that London is currently the most expensive city in Europe to spend a night in a hotel. New research has revealed that the capital is the most expensive city in the entire world to stay in a hotel suite. According to a report by…
    - 17 days ago 11 Aug 14, 8:06am -
  • Will naming and shaming push hotels to update their slow WiFi?

    Will naming and shaming push hotels to update their slow WiFi?

    London hotels with slow WiFi might soon be forced to admit they have a problem, with the launch of a new website. Hotelwifitest.com lets guests test the speed of the internet connection during their stay at a hotel, then share the results online. So…
    - 20 days ago 8 Aug 14, 9:09am -
  • Enjoy a great British tradition at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire.

    Enjoy a great British tradition at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire.

    Guests staying at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire can now enjoy a great British tradition right next door. The Edwardian Group London, which owns the hotel along with other Radisson Blu hotels and The May Fair, has opened a fish and chip shop be…
    - 21 days ago 7 Aug 14, 9:06am -
  • Get a free £50 Harrods voucher with a stay at The Beaufort!

    Get a free £50 Harrods voucher with a stay at The Beaufort!

    Boutique hotel The Beaufort are running an amazing offer for shopaholics, available until the end of the year. When you book a room for three nights or more, you get a £50 voucher to spend at Harrods. With the famous department store just around the…
    - 22 days ago 6 Aug 14, 9:05am -

London On The Inside

  • newREVIEW: HAM YARD

    REVIEW: HAM YARD

    Ham Yard, the latest London edition to the Firmdale Hotel Group is well and truly open. Located in the heart of Soho the hotel is A LOT more than just a hotel. Oh yes, this hotel has rooms 91 rooms, a roof terrace, outdoor terrace on the ground floor…
    - 14 hours ago 27 Aug 14, 5:19pm -
  • THE BEAUMONT IS TAKING BOOKINGS…

    THE BEAUMONT IS TAKING BOOKINGS…

    It feels like the Olympics all over again with all these hotel openings! First up Sea Containers announced it was opening late September and then The Hoxton, Hoborn started taking bookings for 1st October and now The Beaumont has opened it’s bookin…
    - 17 days ago 11 Aug 14, 4:19pm -
  • MONDRIAN LONDON OPENS SEPTEMBER

    MONDRIAN LONDON OPENS SEPTEMBER

    It’s finally happening! The Mondrian London at Sea Containers has confirmed it will open it’s doors this September on the South Bank. The first ever Mondrian branded boutique hotel outside the United States, the hotel will house 359 rooms and su…
    - 44 days ago 14 Jul 14, 7:12pm -
  • HOX-IN-A-BOX POP UP HOTEL

    HOX-IN-A-BOX POP UP HOTEL

    Ever wondered what goes on, on the streets of Shoreditch after dark? Well now you can find out by spending the night in a shipping container located on the streets….well BoxPark but you get the gist right? The Hoxton, Shoreditch are opening a pop-u…
    - 49 days ago 10 Jul 14, 9:43am -
  • REVIEW: THE PILOT

    REVIEW: THE PILOT

    Contrary to popular belief, Greenwich is actually in London – it’s just a bit tricky to get in and out of, particularly when the last tube has gone and the last boat has sailed. With that in mind, a boutique hotel such as The Pilot – located a…
    - 100 days ago 20 May 14, 12:06pm -
  • BLOC GATWICK IS OPEN…

    BLOC GATWICK IS OPEN…

    There’s nothing worst than having a 6am flight, having to wake up before the crack of dawn and having to grab a cab half asleep frantically checking for tickets and passports – or worst still public transport. Which is why we’re big fans of BLO…
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  • HOLIDAY INN LONDON HEATHROW REVEALS NEW ROOMS

    HOLIDAY INN LONDON HEATHROW REVEALS NEW ROOMS

    There’s nothing worse than a flight just after the crack of dawn is there? Making that journey to the airport, half asleep, worrying what you didn’t bring in your haze or if the traffic will be a nightmare. Well if you are flying from Heathrow we…
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  • £1 ROOMS AT QBIC

    £1 ROOMS AT QBIC

    Qbic Hotel London City opened last year and kicked things off with a £1 room sale. Well now they have announced they will be giving away £1 rooms every month with up to five rooms available every day. What’s more the quid goes to charity. To be…
    - 13 Apr 14, 8:09pm -
  • OPENING NEWS: HAM YARD HOTEL

    OPENING NEWS: HAM YARD HOTEL

    We’re getting pretty excited for the new Firmdale Hotel’s property, Ham Yard Hotel which opens on 1st June 2014. And not least because it has a bowling alley inside. Located in a huge site in the heart Soho, we hear the hotel will have a village…
    - 4 Apr 14, 2:33pm -
  • REVIEW: BROOK GREEN HOTEL

    REVIEW: BROOK GREEN HOTEL

    They say a change is as good as a holiday, we say so is a stay at the Brook Green! After one night at the Hammersmith hotel, we felt like we’d had a mini vacation minus the ‘are we there yet?’ Located on Shepherds Bush Rd, just a couple of minu…
    - 26 Mar 14, 3:47pm -

Red Carnation Hotels Blog

  • The History of Four-Poster Beds
    At the Milestone Hotel in South Kensington, luxury is the order of the day. Our sumptuous suites hearken back to classical English design (combined with modern amenities, naturally); each boasts its own historically minded decorating scheme. However,…
    - 7 days ago 21 Aug 14, 1:41pm -
  • A Guide to the Channel Islands Birds
    Known for its abundant natural wildlife, Guernsey is the perfect place to discover hidden reserves, puffin colonies and hundreds of different Channel Islands birds. Embrace your wild side and ignite a newfound interest in bird watching, or simply tak…
    - 14 days ago 14 Aug 14, 4:01pm -
  • Recipes From the Indian Food Festival
     The Indian Festival and its traditional tandoori oven have take residency at the Hotel d’Angleterre for part of August and the experience is guaranteed to be more delightful than ever!For those who haven’t been able to sample some of the Che…
    - 14 days ago 14 Aug 14, 1:05pm -
  • The Art of Sabrage
    Enjoying champagne isn’t just about the taste, the classic art of sabrage – slicing the top of a bottle of champs using a sword – celebrates a tradition that dates back to Napoleonic times. And now, you too can witness this lavish drinking expe…
    - 20 days ago 8 Aug 14, 12:18pm -
  • 5 Travel Skin Care Tips
    Globetrotters who are always on the move, dashing back and forth between continents, climates and time zones, need to take special care to look after their skin when travelling. We have asked Joanne de Wet, Spa Manager at The Spa at The Twelve Apostl…
    - 28 days ago 31 Jul 14, 9:07am -
  • Visiting CERN
    Geneva isn’t short of stunning attractions, from the 50 lush parks dotted all over town to the grandeur of Saint Peter’s Cathedral, and of course the enthralling lake. Holidaying at the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre provides the perfect place fo…
    - 28 days ago 31 Jul 14, 8:14am -
  • The Wild Atlantic Way
    Covering over 1500 miles and seven counties, the Wild Atlantic Way is a dramatic and sublime example of Ireland’s natural beauty, and a huge part of west Ireland’s allure. Our luxurious five star Ashford Castle Hotel is located in the heart of Ma…
    - 30 days ago 29 Jul 14, 11:45am -
  • Shop like the Queen: The London Royal Warrant List
    Only the very best of British appear on the prestigious Royal Warrant list, which represents top individuals and companies who have supplied the Royal households with goods or services for at least five years. Established in 1840, Royal Warrants demo…
    - 38 days ago 21 Jul 14, 9:51am -
  • Rooibos Milk Tart Recipe
    Executive Chef at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Floris Smith adds a twist to the South African dessert with this traditional rooibos milk tart recipe (melktert).Ingredients – Pastry:500g cake flour7.5ml cream of tartare…
    - 41 days ago 18 Jul 14, 8:35am -
  • Best Beaches in Guernsey
    Picturesque views from Guernsey’s pretty coastline © Visit GuernseyVisiting the Duke of Richmond or The Old Government House Hotel puts you within easy reach of the best beaches in Guernsey and the beautiful natural landscape of the island. There…
    - 48 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:27am -

Big Hospitality

  • newHospitality openings: August 2014
    Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes exotic burger joint BOBO Social, Marco Pierre White's new Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Glasgow, the largest CAU so far in Bristol and Flying Butlers' new serviced townhouses in Marble…
    - 15 hours ago 27 Aug 14, 3:42pm -
  • new43% of guests admit to stealing from hotels
    Flight booking company Just The Flight has released results from a new survey on attitudes to stealing from hotels, which could help hoteliers understand why guests do it.
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  • newHotels in Sheffield are the UK’s cleanest
    Hotel booking portal hotel.info has released analysis to show which cities its users have rated as having the cleanest hotels, with Sheffield coming out on top, and Birmingham at the bottom of the pile. 
    - 21 hours ago 27 Aug 14, 9:55am -
  • Planning for Christmas 2014: Enticing customers in
    It’s the time of year that the hospitality industry starts putting together its festive plans for Christmas, with a number of bigger venues already taking bookings. BigHospitality is starting our special feature on planning for Christmas with a loo…
    - 6 days ago 22 Aug 14, 2:15pm -
  • BHA partners with European tourism association
    The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has partnered with the European tourism association (ETOA) to promote the merits of UK tourism to international visitors.
    - 6 days ago 22 Aug 14, 1:39pm -
  • Albert Roux signs deal with luxury Scottish hotel
    French chef Albert Roux is to open another restaurant at a Scottish hotel in a deal with luxury Borders property the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.
    - 6 days ago 22 Aug 14, 1:13pm -
  • Hotel and leisure construction activity on the up
    As UK hotel transactions return to pre-crisis levels, the value of construction contracts for new properties has also started to show upward movement.
    - 6 days ago 22 Aug 14, 10:52am -
  • Amazing Venues to open No Man’s Fort as hotel
    Man-made island in the middle of the Solent, No Man’s Fort, is currently undergoing a complete renovation before opening as a space for overnight stays and events this November. 
    - 7 days ago 21 Aug 14, 3:32pm -
  • Occupancy and ADR rise in July
    UK hotels enjoyed high occupancy and average room rate in July, according to the latest figures released by accountancy firm BDO LLP.
    - 8 days ago 20 Aug 14, 3:43pm -
  • Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government
    The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.
    - 8 days ago 20 Aug 14, 2:42pm -