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Valor Hospitality is preparing to unveil two new five-star hotels in Northern Ireland and Scotland later this year. In Northern Ireland, Dunluce Lodge, situated on the picturesque Causeway Coast, boasts thirty-five luxury suites overlooking the Royal Portrush Golf Club’s fourth fairway, a renowned site for the Open Championship. Guests can expect top-notch service, intimate dining options, and curated experiences including country sports and visits to iconic attractions like the Giant’s Causeway. Meanwhile, in Scotland, Seaton House at the Home of Golf offers forty-two luxury bedrooms with sea or garden views, just moments away from St Andrews’ historic landmarks and stunning beaches. Scottish chef Roy Brett will headline the culinary experience, promising an exceptional gastronomic journey. Euan McGlashan, CEO of Valor Hospitality Partners, expresses excitement about these projects, emphasising their commitment to providing guests with unforgettable experiences.

Travelodge has opened its 600th hotel at the London Oval Cricket Ground. Developed in partnership with Surrey County Cricket Club, the 95-room hotel features modern amenities including the new 85 Bar Cafe concept. Designed with sustainability in mind, the hotel boasts eco-friendly features such as Air Source Heat Pumps, EV car charging, and green roofs. This marks Travelodge’s first UK opening in 2024, with plans for further expansion across the country. CEO Jo Boydell highlights the brand’s commitment to growth and providing quality accommodation for business and leisure travellers, with over 300 target locations identified across the UK.

The Gate Lodge Guest House in Hunstanton, Norfolk, is up for sale, offering seven ensuite letting rooms, a breakfast room, and owner’s accommodation. Owners Stephen Perry and Archie Stirling, who have run the business for over 15 years, are selling as they plan to retire. Managed by Christie and Co, the sale presents an opportunity for buyers to acquire a charming guest house with potential for expansion and year-round operation, thanks to its prime location near the town centre and beaches.

Hyatt’s acquisition of Mr and Mrs Smith has significantly expanded its portfolio, adding 700 unique hotels and villas in destinations like Namibia, Fiji, and the British Virgin Islands. The move complements Hyatt’s strategy of providing meaningful experiences to its World of Hyatt members. Mr and Mrs Smith’s handpicked properties are renowned for their distinctive design and personalised service, aligning with Hyatt’s commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality. The integration of these properties opens up new avenues for both brands to engage with guests and offer unforgettable travel experiences.


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