Five of the best... UK hotel openings outside London

From a property with an underground art gallery to one offering Scotland's largest hotel meeting space, C&IT highlights five of this year's best UK hotel openings outside London.

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One Warwick Park

A former brewery and school house, this stylish 39-room boutique hotel, which opened in the Kentish spa town Tunbridge Wells this summer, retains the character of the original buildings while providing modern accommodation available for partial or full hire. 

Its main function room, the 140sqm Old School House, is a prime example. It offers a contemporary white backdrop while preserving the structure’s 19th-century timber vaults and 15ft arched windows. The Townhouse Boardroom can accommodate up to eight people. 

Other features of the luxury hotel include the dining options - an Italian restaurant L’Amore, The Terrace for lighter bites, and The Atrium and The Lounge Bar for snacks or afternoon tea - and an underground art gallery connecting two of the property’s buildings. 

 

 Pullman Liverpool

Further north, Accor Hotels opened a 216-room hotel on the King’s Dock at Liverpool’s waterfront, adjacent to the ACC Liverpool, in February.

While its location means guests have the conference and exhibition facilities of the ACC on their doorstep, the hotel also offers three meeting rooms of its own as well as a dedicated executive floor with access to the exhibition centre. An executive lounge seats 35 people, while a multifunction room can accommodate 100 delegates or be divided into two smaller rooms.

Other features include a fitness room, 125-cover restaurant and a bar and lounge seating 58. 

 

 Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland 

The first Hilton Garden Inn to open in the North of England also promises convenient access to a conference centre. The brand launched a new 141-room property next to Sunderland Football Club’s ground, the Stadium of Light, which can cater for more than 1,000 delegates, in April.

The hotel is the first in the immediate vicinity of the stadium and guests organising or attending events at the football ground can benefit from special hotel rates.

The Hilton property has on-site conference facilities in the form of three meeting and event rooms, each with space to accommodate up to 50 people, while other features include a 24-hour business centre, the Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar and a fitness centre. Guests have use of an Olympic-size swimming pool adjacent to the hotel. 

 

 Courtyard Glasgow Airport

Another first saw Marriott International’s Courtyard brand make its debut in Glasgow in the autumn with the launch of a new hotel following a multi-million pound refurbishment. 

Formerly Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel, the property, which is situated a 15-minute drive from the city centre on the doorstep of Glasgow Airport, underwent extensive renovation of its 114 guest rooms, public areas, leisure facilities, and restaurant and bar venue The Bistro. 

New facilities include a fitness centre and a business centre with three meeting rooms, while a further 56 bedrooms are expected to be added by mid-2017. 

 

 DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

Also new to the Scottish city is the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central, which opened in September following an £11 million refurbishment. 

In the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,500 delegates, the 300-room property boasts Scotland’s largest hotel meeting space. There are also a further 12 meeting areas. 

Owned and managed by Amaris Hospitality, the city centre hotel also offers guests use of its leisure facilities, including a heated swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, and Brisket restaurant. 


See more:

Five of the best...London hotel openings in 2016 

Chewton Glen to open cookery school in March 


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