Hull City Council has granted planning approval for a new hotel in the city. It will be located on the site of the former Lexington Avenue nightclub. The site has been left unoccupied for a number of years.

The hotel will be a Hilton Garden Inn property and it is expected to open in 2017. The six-storey building will be on a series of levels with the highest part to the front overlooking Ferensway in central Hull.

The new hotel will have 167 bedrooms as well as a restaurant and bar, leisure facilities and conference and events space.

The new Hilton Garden Inn Hull will provide accommodation for the large increase in visitor numbers the city is expecting when it becomes the ‘City of Culture 2017’.   


One of Russia’s leading private equity firms, Glorax Capital Fund, is planning to acquire, refurbish and operate a global brand of five-star hotels and resorts, reports Hotel Mag. The fund has a war-chest of around US$870 and the hotel brand is to be called Glorax.

Talks are reportedly underway in resort markets ranging from Turkey and France to the Maldives and Philippines.


The new Regus Express has just opened at Birmingham Airport. It includes a range of twelve meeting rooms for up to 26 delegates, bookable online and by the hour. Rooms include free refreshments and free high-sped wi-fi with business support and private workspace available. Regus Express customers also have access to dedicated parking spaces at the airport.

Regus Express at Birmingham Airport is the latest development in the roll-out of Regus’ Third Place concept. It follows the launch of Regus Express locations at Heathrow Airport as well as motorway service stations, shopping centres and retail parks across the UK. Regus Express at Gatwick Airport opens later this month.


Swinton Park, the luxury 30-bedroom castle hotel and cookery school in the Yorkshire Dales is seeking planning approval to introduce spa facilities and enhance the dining options at the Grade II-listed venue.
The new spa would include a swimming pool, gym and studio space, treatment rooms and a beauty salon.

A new restaurant  with a bar, private dining facilities and an outside terrace is planned and this would complement ‘Samuels’, Swinton Park’s  three AA rosette restaurant where menus are inspired by the fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in what is the largest hotel kitchen garden in the UK.

A 700 sq. ft. retail unit is also included in the plans which would sell both local and estate produce and allow public access to the gardens.

Swinton Park is a country estate centred on Swinton Castle and set in 200 acres of parkland in the Yorkshire Dales. It is located approximately eight miles north west of Ripon within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Premier Inn has opened two new hotels in London and two new hotels in Scotland as well as new bedrooms in Wigan. The hotels all feature the group’s new-look bedroom, each furnished with a king-size Hypnos bed, a 40" flat screen television and a freshly-updated bathroom with large shower head. The new Premier Inns are located in:

Premier Inn London Wandsworth: in Garratt Lane and a short walk from Wandsworth Common (pictured)
Premier Inn London Hackney: in Dalston Lane, an eight minute train journey from central London and close to the newly opened Dalston Junction on the East London Line underground extension.
Premier Inn Premier Inn Glasgow Pacific Quay: on the banks of the River Clyde to the west of Glasgow city centre.
Premier Inn Perth City Centre: part of the old dyeworks located in Perth city centre, opposite Perth Concert Hall,
Premier Inn Telford International Centre: in Telford town centre, a five-minute walk from the Telford International Centre and a few miles from the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ironbridge Gorge.
Premier Inn Leek Town Centre: in Ashbourne Road in the centre of the Staffordshire town and close to the Peak District National Park and Alton Towers.
Premier Inn Wigan Town Centre: a short walk from Wigan Wallgate station in the centre of the town.