North-West England – Long lead-in news
2018: Dixie Dean Hotel, Liverpool
A 100-bedroom hotel in honour of Everton footballer Dixie Dean is due to open in Liverpool city centre next year, opposite The Shankly hotel, which similarly celebrates Scottish footballer and manager Bill Shankly (the two men were great friends). The Dixie Dean Hotel will have restaurants, bars and an events space, and showcase memorabilia from the footballer’s career.
Date TBC: Manchester Moxy
Planning permission has been granted for a 145-bedroom Moxy hotel in Manchester’s Spinningfields district. Moxy is Marriot International’s millennial-focused boutique hotel concept, and the new hotel will join one other in London. There are plans for seven more in pipeline, located in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Southampton, Bristol and York.
2017/2018: Courthouse Hotel, Cheshire
Flat Caps Hotels has received full planning approval for its second hotel, the 42-bedroom Courthouse Hotel in Knutsford, Cheshire. The former crown court is being converted to house a 150-cover restaurant and bar, and a 550-capacity function space. The two existing wings will be converted into 10 luxury bedrooms in 2017 with the development of a 32-bedroom extension at the rear of the site to open in 2018.
Early 2018: Liverpool strikes gold with new hotel in Martins Bank building
Principal Hayley Group is converting the historic Martins Bank building in Liverpool into a 227-room luxury hotel with a spa, bar and restaurant. Designed by noted architect Herbert James Rowse and completed in 1932, the Martins Bank building is considered to be among the finest classical buildings built in England during the interwar period and was used to hide Britain’s gold during World War Two.
Refurbs and expansions
Hallmark Hotels adds eight hotels to its portfolio in North-West England
Hallmark Hotels has widened its offer within north-west England, to provide accommodation, combined with meetings and events space within Liverpool, Preston, Chester, Wrexham and an additional hotel in Manchester. The hotel chain features an eclectic mix of hotel properties including spa and golf retreats situated in a variety of settings, from City Centres to rolling countryside manor houses, coastline to well-placed airport locations. The addition of the eight north-western sites brings the Hallmark Hotel portfolio up to 28 properties, with a total number of rooms offered across the UK up to 2,700.
April 2017: Low Wood Bay, Cumbria
Low Wood Bay in Cumbria will be closing during spring 2017 for a refurbishment, it will redevelop its existing rooms and add luxury rooms and suites. When it reopens in April, guests will be able to enjoy upgraded indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, a brand new luxury spa overlooking Lake Windermere and a choice of restaurants, which will include a new grill concept. Work will then continue building an additional 18 lake view rooms and suites, a new grill restaurant, a luxury spa, a new atrium, and a new block of 29 bedrooms and suites.