Redefine|BDL Hotels takes over Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton Gatwick Exterior

Redefine|BDL Hotels, the UK’s largest independent hotel management company, has announced that it has added Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport to its portfolio of hotels.

Hampton by Hilton, which offers 192 rooms, is linked to Gatwick’s North Terminal and brings the number of hotels managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels to 63.

The take over took place on Tuesday 1 March.

John Stuart, Redefine|BDL Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’re very excited about Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport joining the Redefine|BDL Hotels portfolio.

“The hotel sits in a prime location for both business and leisure travellers, with great access and links to Gatwick Airport, central London and Sussex.

“We will bring our wealth of experience in running airport hotels at Heathrow, Glasgow and Manchester to bear, ensuring all of our guests have a fantastic experience when they come to stay at Gatwick.

Starboard Hotels buys Gatwick Ibis

Starboard Hotels has completed a €32.6 million purchase of seven hotels, including the Gatwick Ibis, from HotelInvest parent company Accor.

As part of the sale agreement, Starboard will continue to operate the Gatwick Ibis under the Ibis franchise for a further 20 years, and has undertaken a commitment to carry out €5.2 million worth of renovations on the seven properties.

UK’s largest Premier Inn opens at Gatwick

Patrick Dempsey and Employment Minister, Mark Hoban at Premier Inn Gatwick opening

Premier Inn last week opened its largest ever Premier Inn at Gatwick Airport, increasing the number of rooms the hotel chain offers to 50,000.

The new 630 bedroom hotel, which has created 77 new jobs for people in the local area, was officially opened by Whitbread Managing Director Patrick Dempsey, and Employment Minister, Mark Hoban MP.

Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport, which has seen more than £60 million investment into the local economy, follows the recent opening of the high profile Premier Inn site on Leicester Square, and is one of nine hotels to be opened in Greater London by the end of 2013 as part of a major expansion drive for the chain.

Premier Inn Gatwick

Patrick Dempsey, Managing Director at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants said: “Reaching 50,000 rooms across the portfolio is a great achievement that we are very pleased with. Our growth across Greater London is particularly exciting as it means we can offer even more people a great night’s sleep in the best locations and we look forward to opening many more over the next few years.”

Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment, said: “Tackling youth unemployment is a priority for the Government, and that’s why we launched the Youth Contract offering nearly 500,000 opportunities for young people to pick up the skills and experience they need to find work.

“It is great to see companies like Premier Inn continuing to expand and being passionate about getting young people and the long-term unemployment back into jobs.”

Jon Walters, General Manager at Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport, said: ‘”We are delighted to be opening our biggest Premier Inn hotel allowing people who are travelling to and from Gatwick Airport to have a great night’s sleep.”

Premier Inn is the UK’s biggest hotel chain and is currently the largest provider of budget hotels within the M25 area with aims to increase its number of rooms by 50% and double its size in London by 2016.

New budget boutique hotel for Gatwick’s South Terminal

Gatwick Airport is set to get another hotel with direct access to the airport’s South Terminal.

Bloc Hotels will commence work in October to transform Norfolk House – a four-story office building – into a 245-room budget boutique hotel.

Norfolk House is situated over the South Terminal, and once the transformation is complete will offer guests direct access to the terminal building.

The hotel is scheduled to open in Autumn 2013.

Gatwick Worth to become a Holiday Inn

From 11 April 2012, the Gatwick Worth hotel will become the Holiday Inn London Gatwick Worth.

Gatwick Sofitel wins Holiday Extras Best Airport Hotel award

The Gatwick Sofitel has picked up the ‘Best Airport Hotel’ award in the Holiday Extras Customers’ Awards.

The hotel, which is conveniently connected to Gatwick’s North Terminal, was one of five hotels shortlisted for the prize – also included were: Gatwick Courtyard by Marriott, Heathrow Crowne Plaza, Heathrow Sofitel and Manchester Premier Inn.

The awards are voted for by the travelling public, and this year’s awards received 66,000 completed surveys.

The Gatwick Sofitel offers valet park and stay packages in association with Help Me Park.

Premier Inn Gatwick Manor Royal wins top award

The Premier Inn Gatwick Manor Royal has been awarded with the coveted New Business of the Year Award at the Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants company conference.

The award was announced at the conference in Coventry by Karen Colbert, New Openings Manager for Premier Inn. She said, “This team have delivered a truly outstanding set of results this year. They have shown that through innovation, passion and team engagement that anything is possible. They have delivered a market leading occupancy performance, achieved an all green set of results and created a great reputation in the area including their fantastic relationship with some of the key airlines.”

Stephen Clayton, the General Manager of Gatwick Manor Royal Premier Inn, said “We are absolutely thrilled. This award is a testament to the team’s hard work over the last year in helping deliver our business goals. To achieve so much in our first year is a true reflection of their commitment and passion, and we are looking forward to growing on our success in 2011.”

The Premier Inn Gatwick Manor Royal was rated the number one hotel in Gatwick on TripAdvisor in September 2010.

Gatwick office block to become a Gatwick hotel

We’re set for another hotel at Gatwick after EPR Architects were given the go ahead to transform an office block at Gatwick Airport into a hotel.

The Longbridge House office block will become a 192-bedroom Hilton Hotel – a Hampton by Hilton economy hotel – and have direct access to the North Terminal.

The existing building’s structure will remain and a further two storeys will be added.

Once completed the hotel will offer a lounge, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, fitness room, coffee shop and an all-important direct link to Gatwick’s North Terminal.

Change of name for Gatwick George

Another rebranding of a Gatwick hotel:

The Gatwick George hotel has been rebranded to become the Ramada Crawley-Gatwick.

Change of name for Gatwick Skylane Hotel

Under a franchise agreement with Wyndam Worldwide, the Gatwick Skylane Hotel has been rebranded to the Days Hotel Gatwick.

The well-known Days Inn hotel brand has nearly 2,000 hotels worldwide.