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AccorHotels investing £160m on five new UK hotels

Hotel company reveals plans to add another 15,000 rooms to UK portfolio by 2017

Pictured: Hervé Deligny, COO of HotelInvest, UK

AccorHotels has announced it will add another five hotels to its UK portfolio by 2017, representing an investment of £160 million.

The company's HotelInvest division, which spent more than £28 million renovating its UK properties in 2015, says the openings will add a further 15,395 rooms to its portfolio. The investments include the flagship Novotel at Canary Wharf, London, which at 39 storeys will be the world’s tallest Novotel, providing 313 rooms.

It comes after the launch of multiple renovation projects last year, which saw the public spaces in 24 ibis properties updated, a full renovation of Mercure London Bridge and the conversion of three Formule 1 hotels into extensions of adjacent ibis properties.

The renovation project also focused on improving guests' sleep, with the addition of the Sweet Bed by ibis into 13 ibis budget hotels and the roll out of the new Live and Dream Novotel bed across the UK Novotel network.

Hervé Deligny, COO of HotelInvest, UK, said: "One of HotelInvest’s key activities is to invest in our existing portfolio to ensure our hotels are as attractive as possible to guests and consequently profitable. We continue to make significant investments across our brands, including the launch of the ibis sweet room which is one of the most contemporary and comfortable products in the economy segment.

"At the same time we are keen to add to our UK portfolio and are actively seeking great hotels in exceptional locations."

In April, AccorHotels announced it was acquiring high-end serviced home rental site onefinestay for £117m, in a bid to enter the shared economy space.

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