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Today’s news in brief – 15/11/23

Your Apartment has expanded its portfolio by launching a new collection of serviced apartments in Tooting, London. The property features 13 new studio and two-bedroom apartments, each playfully categorised as ‘Uptown,’ ‘Downtown,’ ‘Market,’ ‘Suburban,’ ‘The Broadway’, and ‘The Bec’. The design incorporates local influences and 1970s design elements. The kitchenettes are stocked with essentials, and the apartments include amenities such as ornate cast iron fireplaces and hardwood flooring. Your Apartment’s co-founder, Toby Guest, expressed confidence in meeting the needs of business and leisure travellers, emphasising the company’s commitment to facing challenges and evolving.

Belfast City Council has approved plans for four new hotels in response to increasing visitor demand. Three of these hotels are set for the Cathedral Quarter, including a 120-bedroom hotel with a six-storey extension, a 20-bed hotel with a bar/restaurant, and a 20-bedroom boutique hotel with a ground floor restaurant and bar. Additionally, permission was granted for 135 hotel beds and 93 aparthotel beds, contributing to Belfast’s economic growth. Councillor Matt Garrett emphasised the importance of making decisions based on robust information and highlighted the council’s commitment to shaping a new Local Development Plan.

Natalie Woon has been appointed as the managing director of The Cube Hotel in Birmingham, overseeing its day-to-day operations and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. The Cube Hotel, acquired by the Caskade Group in July 2022, aims to become one of the best in the UK. The venue includes a 52-bedroom hotel, meeting and events facilities, the Marco Pierre White restaurant, private dining, and cocktail lounges. Woon, with extensive hospitality experience, plans to build on the venue’s strong reputation, improve service excellence, and prioritise a guest-first focus.

Lindeth Fell Country House, a luxury Windermere B&B acquired by The Storrs Collection in April, has appointed a new team for its management. The 1907-built hotel, designed by landscape architect Thomas Mawson, will undergo a complete refurbishment and extensive garden restoration. The team includes former Linthwaite House chef Ashley Wood, duty manager Harry Doddrell, and duty manager Cath Tarney. Wood aims to provide a home away from home experience with high-standard, locally sourced food. Doddrell, with a background in Michelin-starred hotels, expresses excitement about running the country house hotel and creating a welcoming atmosphere for guests.


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