Thomas Cook to open boutique hotel under new brand name

THOMAS Cook Group have announced plans to open a new 90 room boutique hotel in Greece next year.

Casa Cook Rhodes will be the newest addition to the company’s growing hotel portfolio and promises a “stylish home away from home.”

Hotels under the new Casa Cook brand will have each have their own “personality and be as individual as a home with its own design story reflecting its local environment, culture and lifestyle,” the company says.

The boho-chic hotel is being being designed by Michael Schickinger, Creative Director of Lambs & Lions, and
interior designer Annabell Kutucu.

Peter Fankhauser, CEO Thomas Cook Group, commented:

“With our exciting hotel brand Casa Cook, we’re bringing a new concept into the popular and trendy Sun&Beach market. Now, with our six hotel brands for different target groups, we are very well placed to increase our portfolio and offer our customers greater quality and choice.”

Stay for the winter, Gary Neville reportedly tells hotel squatters

SQUATTERS at the site of a new boutique hotel in Manchester were shocked when Gary Neville told them yesterday that they could stay for the winter.

The Manchester Angels occupied the former Northern Stock Exchange building at the weekend which owners Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are turning in to a boutique hotel.

A message posted on the Angels’ Facebook page said: “I’m crying… Just got off the phone from Gary Neville. He’s letting us stay for a few months over the winter period and he’s gonna help us with intervention.”

“From my point of view, I’m quite relaxed about this,” Neville is reported to have told Wesley Hall, an activist from the Manchester Angels group.

The group are renaming the building the “Sock Exchange” for the duration of their occupation. Accommodation, food, health check ups, workshops and advice are all planned at the temporary hub for homeless people.

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Manchester United legends Neville and Giggs purchased the 1907-built, Grade-II listed stocked exchange in 2013 and local planners approved their plans to turn it into a 35-room boutique hotel with members’ lounge and private terrace earlier this year.  The duo also opened a football-themed hotel at Old Trafford this year.

Belfast Telegraph building goes on sale, touted as boutique hotel

THE FAMOUS building in Belfast that’s been the home of the Belfast Telegraph newspaper for 130 years has been listed for sale today (Tuesday).

Agent Lisney have advertised the iconic building for sale with two development options, both of which would see it turned into a boutique hotel.

Under the published options, the part-Grade B2 listed property would retain its landmark clock and frontage and be turned in to either a 45 or 69 room boutique hotel.

Other options to compliment the suggested boutique hotel include office space, student accommodation, a coffee shop and a restaurant.

Offers in excess of £6million are being sought for the building, located in Royal Avenue close to Ulster University. It was announced in August that the Belfast Telegraph would be selling the four storey building.

View the details of the Belfast Telegraph building at 122-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast

New boutique hotel planned at listed Edinburgh chapel

A listed baptist church in Edinburgh could be turned in to a boutique hotel and gin bar.

Although plans have not yet been submitted to the City Council, hotel operator Glendola has consulted a scheme to create a 22-room hotel at the chapel in Rose Street.

The building dates back to 1908 and is Grade-B listed under Scotland’s system of listing heritage buildings.  The chapel is still an active place of worship but the church plans to move to a larger, more accessible building in nearby Shandwick Place in early 2016.

Alexander Salussolia, managing director at Glendola Leisure Group, said: “We are fully aware of the historic status of the Charlotte Baptist Chapel and we intend to be responsible stewards of that heritage.

Through our successful Carlton and Bar & Beef brands, we are bringing a premium hotel and restaurant offering to Rose Street, which we believe will be very attractive to both residents and the City’s expanding tourism population.”

Related: Read our guide to boutique hotels in Edinburgh

New 192-bed hotel approved in Southwark

LOCAL councillors have tonight approved a planning application for a new boutique hotel in Southwark, London.

Seven-storey Wedge House in Blackfriars Road will be demolished to make way for the new mixed-use office and hotel development that will be 14 storeys tall plus basement, ground floor and mezzanine.

Developer Derwent London have partnered with Hoxton Hotels for the 192-bedroom hotel proposal which will occupy six floors of the new development below five floors of new office space. Hoxton already operate hotels in Shoreditch and Holborn.

Soho House will work with the hotel to offer a ground floor restaurant/cafe and a “skybar” on the top floor. Before granting planning permission, councillors inserted a condition requiring there to be public access to the restaurant and skybar.

The developer offered a payment totalling £60,000 for improvements to nearby Christchurch Gardens in recognition of some over-shadowing the new development will cause.

Members of the Southwark Council Planning Committee unanimously backed the proposal.

Thanks to hyperlocal site London SE1 for live streaming audio from the planning meeting.