£3.5m refurbishment for Gleneagles

Gleneagles has announced a £3.5m investment to convert its fourth floor into ten luxury suites and two meeting rooms. Currently 33 of the hotel’s 266 rooms are based on the fourth floor, which remains the only area of the hotel not to have undergone refurbishment in the past few years. The suites will comprise nine two-bedroom and one one-bedroom suites. The six-month project will commence in October and will be completed in phases. The hotel will remain fully operational during this period. Gleneagles general manager Patrick Elsmie said the investment, which is in addition to the £2m annual spend on the hotel, will provide the property with a completely “different environment” for VIP guests and corporate groups. The announcement follows a successful year for Gleneagles during which it hosted the G8 Summit and saw “the US market return for the first time since 9/11,” said Elsmie. US business comprised 8% of overall guest nights last year. Group business makes up 50% of the hotel’s trade, with clients including the likes of Merril Lynch, Orange and Jaguar.

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