De Niro’s London boutique hotel gets go ahead

WESTMINSTER Council has given the green light to a new boutique hotel backed by Robert De Niro in Covent Garden.

The authority’s Planning Committee agreed the scheme at a meeting earlier this week.

Hollywood actor De Niro, who already owns the five star Greenwich Hotel in New York, teamed up with Covent Garden estate owner Capco and BD Hotels for the application, which was submitted in April this year.

The 83-bedroom Wellington Hotel will be developed behind period frontages in Covent Garden and include luxury spa facilities, two restaurants, a deli/café and a members’ club, all built around a central courtyard conservatory.

Deputy leader of Westminster city council, Cllr Robert Davies, commented: “This is one of the finest schemes we have considered for Covent Garden in years. The design is of the highest quality and it fits the bill as a Covent Garden building that meshes the new with the old. The hotel will attract visitors from all over the world.”

Speaking earlier this year, De Niro commented: “The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we’ve done in New York to London”.

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Operator announced for new £20 million hotel in Liverpool

THE DEVELOPER behind a new £20 million hotel in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool has announced it will be operated by Southport hotelier Paul Adams.

The new aparthotel will be latest establishment to come under Adam’s Vincent brand, joining his successful Vincent boutique hotel in Southport and the cocktail bar he co-owns with Steven Gerrard in Liverpool.

‘Times Hotel by Vincent’ in Seel Street will have 116 rooms and promises Liverpool‘s first roof top pool.

Developer Elliot Lawless from Elliot Group commented: “I’m delighted to conclude the deal with and to bring a brand like Vincent to Ropewalks. It’s an intensely urban neighbourhood and Vincent is the perfect brand for it.”

Adams, from PVA Hospitality, added:

“The Vincent brand is about delivering quality service and attention to detail, and these are principles that can be applied to a range of formats.  Liverpool’s strong convention and leisure markets as well as the development’s Ropewalks location make an apart-hotel format the natural choice, given the number of multi-guest parties that we expect to use the hotel.”

Construction on the new Falconer Chester Hall-designed project is expected to begin this December and the new hotel could open a year later.

Historic Manchester fire station set to become new Zetter boutique hotel

A GRADE II listed fire station in Manchester is to become home to a brand new boutique hotel operated by the Zetter Group.

110-year-old London Road Fire Station was the headquarters of the Manchester Fire Brigade and has also housed a police station, an ambulance station, a bank and a coroner’s court.

The historic property was bought by developers Allied London last year with a mixed use scheme at the fire station planned and Zetter Group now announced as the site’s anchor hotel operator.

Zetter Group, founded by restaurateurs Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury, are teaming up with interior designers Russell Sage Studios for the new boutique hotel, which will be the fourth in the group’s growing portfolio and their first outside of the capital.

Michael Benyan, the Zetter Group’s Director, commented: “We are delighted to have finally found the perfect opportunity to open a Zetter property in Manchester. London Road is an iconic building and a real gift for us as hoteliers. We want to preserve the existing beauty and magic of the building and use it to help create a unique experience for our guests.”

Michael Ingall, Allied London’s Chief Executive, added: “We were taken by the hands on approach of the Zetter owners, which we felt was vital in establishing London Road as the new benchmark for hospitality in Manchester.

“The building is in safe hands. I have no doubt that the Zetter Hotel will become a must-stay destination for Manchester’s many visitors.”

Plans for the hotel will be subject to a planning application which is expected to be submitted in Autumn 2016. Zetter’s other hotels are the Zetter Hotel, the Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell and the Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone.

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County Down 12th century castle could become a boutique hotel

A CASTLE in County Down, Northern Ireland, could be turned into an eight bedroom boutique hotel if planning permission is given.

An application has been lodged with Ards and North Down Borough Council to convert Quintin Castle near Portaferry into a hotel with conference facilities.

The property can trace its history back to the 12th century although it was mostly restored in the 1800s after becoming little more than a ruin,

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the crisp company Tayto is behind the application and intends it to be used “exclusively by food industry high-fliers and employees and guests of the firm.”

Southwark council approves new boutique hotel on Borough High Street

LOCAL councillors in Southwark have given the green light to a new boutique hotel on Borough High Street in London.

The proposals will see the demolition of an existing two storey property at 153-159 Borough High Street to make way for a new 50 bedroom hotel.

The new hotel, designed by architects Squire and Partners and described as “bold and contemporary” by planning officers, will be seven storeys tall and include a roof terrace.

The properties being replaced date back to the early 20th century and neighbour a Grade II listed building. An 18th century “ghost sign” which can currently be seen on a neighbouring property will be lost from public view but will used as the inspiration for a new art installation on the hotel facade on one elevation.

The developer also plans a high quality restaurant the ground level. An operator for the planned hotel is yet to be confirmed.

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Ghost sign on neighbouring property

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