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Mercure Leeds Centre opens September

Mercure Leeds Centre opens September

Mercure Leeds Centre is set to open this...

Indigo coming to Chester

Indigo coming to Chester

Construction has started on the new...

Dalata plan new Manchester Hotel

Dalata plan new Manchester Hotel

Dalata Hotel Group is planning to open a new...

Dalata plan new London Hotel

Dalata plan new London Hotel

Dalata Hotel Group will be the operators of a...

New Hotel opens in Glasgow

New Hotel opens in Glasgow

  A new hotel has just opened in...

  • Mercure Leeds Centre opens September

    Mercure Leeds Centre opens September

  • Indigo coming to Chester

    Indigo coming to Chester

  • Dalata plan new Manchester Hotel

    Dalata plan new Manchester Hotel

  • Dalata plan new London Hotel

    Dalata plan new London Hotel

  • New Hotel opens in Glasgow

    New Hotel opens in Glasgow

A life-size statue of football legend George Best is set to overlook guests arriving at the new George Best Hotel which is scheduled to open in Belfast this November.

The new £15million George Best Hotel is a joint venture between the Signature Living Hotel Group and George Best's family.

The family has presented a number of items of memorabilia to start a unique collection to be housed at the George Best Hotel.

Signature Living has ‘form’ as far as football-themed hotels are concerned. The George Best Hotel is the group's fourth football-themed hotel.

Others include the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool named after Liverpool manager Bill Shankly. A second Shankly Hotel is currently under development in the centre of Preston and is expected to open later this year. A Dixie Dean Hotel is also in development and is named after the Everton player.

The George Best Hotel will have 80 bedrooms plus a restaurant, bar and meeting space. It will be located in the former Scottish & Mutual building in the centre of Belfast.


Plans have been published for a multimillion-pound redevelopment and extension of Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa on Merseyside.

The four-star resort currently includes two golf courses of 18 and nine holes, a 27-bay driving range, a golf shop, health spa and 76 newly refurbished bedrooms - all on a 200-acre site.

The extension would include a 63-bedroom extension to the existing hotel plus a golf clubhouse and events space for more than 300 people plus an extension to the restaurant.

The development would also see 22 eco-lodges located within the resort grounds with a new spa proposed for the 10th hole fairway lake. 

Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa currently has four purpose-built air-conditioned conference suites. The largest suite -

The Ambassador Suite - will seat from 60 to 350 people. It is equipped with the latest technology and features a terrace overlooking 132 acres of scenic golf course.

Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa is located in Southport Old Road on the outskirts of Southport and with good access to both Liverpool and the north west motorway network.


Property developer, Northern Powerhouse Developments specialise in the construction and refurbishment of property within the hotel and leisure sector.  

The group has bought a range of smaller hotel, predominantly in the north of England and Wales.

They are now about to launch a collection of ten hotels under the Whisper Hotels banner.

The hotels will be split into four categories: Manor Collection, Premier Collection, Boutique Collection and Classic Collection

The Manor Collection includes:

Caer Rhun Hall in Conwy  in North Wales. It is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.(pictured)

The Classic Collection includes:

Imperial Crown Hotel in Halifax, Esplanade Hotel in Scarborough, Gilsland Hall Hotel in Brampton, Cumbria, Fishguard Bay Hotel in Pembrokeshire, Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby, Queens Hotel in Llandudno. 

The Boutique Collection includes:

The Belmont in Llandudno.

The Premier Collection includes:

Llandudno Bay Hotel in Llandudno, Old Golf House Hotel in Huddersfield.


Nottingham City Council has approved plans to convert a Victorian-built factory in Nottingham into an aparthotel together alongside offices and workshop space. 

The site is the part-three and part-four-storey Palmerston House in Mount Street in Nottingham.

The aparthotel will have 36 bedrooms located on the first, second and third floors. These will be a mix of single and two-bedroom apartments all with living areas and fully equipped kitchens.

The reception area for the aparthotel will be on the lower ground floor which will also include seven car parking spaces.

Palmerston House is located in New Basford approximately three miles north west of central Nottingham.

Palmerston House was in the news earlier this year when police officers broke into the building to discover a cannabis factory with 4,049 cannabis plants growing inside. The haul worth around £3.5million was reported as the largest ever found in the city.

Lavish Hotels & Resorts is a new hotel consortium which launches this month.

As its name suggests only the most ‘opulent’ of hotels will qualify for membership.

Lavish Hotels & Resorts will be an on-line only collection with users led to make direct online bookings with the hotels.

Lavish Hotels & Resorts will feature just ten properties from each of 36 countries across six continents.

So far Lavish Hotels & Resorts have three UK members, all in London: The Corinthia (pictured), The Dorchester and Rosewood London.