Tamburlaine creates head concierge role

The Tamburlaine hotel in Cambridge has created a new head concierge role to offer guests bespoke experiences. The hotel has appointed Matthew Cook, has been putting together bespoke experiences for guests for 23 years, previously working at London Hilton Park Lane and Radisson Blue Stansted Airport. “The challenge of creating guest experiences is what I love most about my role. Every day is different and being able to deliver on guests requests and offer them an unforgettable experience is priceless,” said Cook. Simon Drake, general manager at Tamburlaine, added: “Tamburlaine is a luxury destination for our guests, and to be able to offer personalised and tailored experiences will ensure our guests have an unforgettable experience.”

Lakes hotel Linthwaite House to relaunch

Leeu Collection has unveiled more details of the £10 million refurbishment of Lake District hotel Linthwaite House, which will reopen in spring 2018. The original intention was for Linthwaite House to start operating again this month, with work being completed on new guest rooms in the property’s extensive gardens, the Woodland Suites, in the first quarter of 2018. A decision has now been made to wait until all the work is finished before welcoming guests again in from 1 March 2018. The six Woodland Suites, two of which are inter-connecting, feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing picturesque panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. All the guest rooms in the main building have been completely renovated. A custom-designed marquee in the grounds will offer a flexible venue that ‘brings the outdoors in’ and will be able to accommodate up to 240 people.

Million pound makeover for Apex City of London

Work has now been completed on a £1.5 million refurbishment programme at the 209-bed Apex City of London Hotel.The nine month project, saw the hotel’s public areas and largest meeting room given a makeover – with a new stylish restaurant and state of the art spa incorporated into the property for guests to the City and locals alike.Apex City of London Hotel’s main lobby and reception have been fully refurbished to create a luxurious and stylish environment for guests entering the hotel, while the hotel’s main meeting room has also been upgraded – providing first-class facilities for delegates.

Hotel Amapa set to open in Mexico

Part of the Design Hotels collection, Hotel Amapa is to open in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico in February 2018. Hotel Amapa aims to fuse a traditional Mexican aesthetic with a laidback yet spirited vision in contemporary design bringing a new, fresh vibe to the area. It will offer 55 rooms one block from Playa Los Muertos.and aims to act as a catalyst for change in the area by providing great design, an ideal location and dedicated service. “We are introducing a new vibe for hospitality in Puerto Vallarta with the opening of Hotel Amapa,” said David Harries, partner and developer. “With Hotel Amapa we want to create a place where guests visit and live like a local and leave having had an authentic and inspiring experience.”

Kempton Park unveils 'Meeting Into Racing'

The Jockey Club’s Kempton Park has launched a new ‘Meeting Into Racing’ initiative, offering an exclusive experience that introduces an element of fun to formal meetings. The package begins at £92 per person, plus VAT, and includes: suite hire with a balcony to watch the races, breakfast, a working lunch, hot drinks, meeting equipment, car parking, a dedicated host, a choice of dinner options and bar facilities. Packages are flexible and can accommodate a range of meeting sizes and requirements. Fiona Churchill, regional conference and events manager – London, said: “This package allows businesses to get the best possible results from their investment, while providing a great experience for the team.”

Hotel launches at home of sporting excellence in Edinburgh

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West hotel has officially opened its doors to the public, with a little help from rugby great, Gregor Townsend.
The new 160 bedroom modular build hotel – managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) – is positioned within the Heriot Watt University Campus in Edinburgh, located next to Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre. Scotland national rugby union squad Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, and player Stuart Hogg were on hand to officially cut the ribbon on the brand new venue.The hotel has three meeting rooms and private dining. With world class sporting facilities next door, the hotel has been designed to also accommodate sports teams keen to make use of the Oriam, including the national rugby team, and provides the perfect base for travelling athletes.

Shangri-La Hotel Colombo

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts this weekend celebrated the grand opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. The festivities signalled the city’s most highly anticipated hotel launch in nearly 30 years, and presented the best of Sri Lankan and Chinese culture at a gala dinner at the hotel’s Shangri-La Ballroom – the largest pillarless ballroom in the region. The opening was attended by more than 500 guests including HE Maithripala Sirisena, The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Located at the exclusive One Galle Face address, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo has 500 guestrooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

The Principal London to open in early 2018

The 334-room Principal London will open in London in early 2018. The opening has transformed the former Hotel Russell, a Grade II-listed building in Bloomsbury that first opened its doors in 1898. Inside The Principal London, striking, interior designs pay homage to the building’s history while providing stylish form and function for the modern traveller. Its meetings and events offer includes a Grade II-listed ballroom and eight additional spaces, catering for groups of up to 450. The company’s new Smart Space initiative will ensure that guests receive a personalised meetings and events service with nine service features.

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