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Today’s news in brief – 12/6/24

Ruby Hotels has launched Ruby Molly, a new hotel in Dublin’s historic Oxmantown, featuring 272 rooms across 7,372 square feet near the Temple Bar district. The design, inspired by the site’s history as St. Mary’s Abbey and a marketplace, blends “19th century charm” with modern luxury. The decor juxtaposes urban chic with rustic market elements, using materials like fabrics, marble, glass, leather, tile, and black steel. Amenities include a breakfast area, a coffee bar, snacks, cocktails, and a library showcasing local archaeological finds. The hotel offers five room categories, from compact Nest rooms (16 sq m) to spacious Loft rooms with private terraces (25 sq m). Located near key attractions, Ruby Molly provides an immersive experience into Dublin’s cultural and historical heritage.

The City of London has granted Mactaggart Family and Partners planning permission to develop The Resident Farringdon, a 128-room hotel opening in 2027. Designed by EPR Architects, the hotel emphasises sustainability and will be located at 1-8 Long Lane, near the Barbican, Smithfield, and Farringdon areas. The site will also be close to the London Museum from 2026. CEO William Laxton expressed excitement about contributing to the area’s development. The hotel will feature a third-party operated restaurant, cafe, retail spaces, a pocket garden, and a library lounge. Despite forgoing its own formal bar or restaurant, The Resident Farringdon aims to provide a home-from-home experience for guests.

Cornwall’s Watergate Bay Hotel will launch a pop-up chalet in St Anton, Austria, in partnership with Kaluma Ski, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The chalet features 10 en suite rooms, a living room with an open fireplace, a dining room, a TV snug, a private sauna, and massage rooms for up to 27 guests. A dedicated concierge will assist guests during their stay. This initiative is part of a year-long celebration of Watergate Bay’s “ski resort on a beach” vision. Founder Will Ashworth highlighted the synergy between beach and mountain experiences. Kaluma Ski’s Andy Butterworth emphasised the chalet’s blend of active outdoor days and cosy indoor relaxation.

Novotel has partnered with WWF to protect and restore the ocean through science-based actions from 2024 to 2027. WWF France will provide expertise to help Novotel’s 580 hotels worldwide reduce marine pollution, promote sustainable fishing, and enhance ocean health research. Novotel’s three-year action plan will focus on reducing plastic, water, and carbon footprints, making sustainable food choices, educating about ocean conservation, and supporting research and innovation. The partnership aims to raise awareness, inspire industry and policy changes, and support WWF projects to preserve marine biodiversity. This initiative aligns with Novotel’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

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