Jurys Inn has appointed David Shiels as area general manager for Edinburgh.
In this newly created position, Shiels will oversee four properties, including: Jurys Inn Edinburgh, Leonardo Boutique Hotel Simpson Edinburgh, Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Murrayfield and Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket.
Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels are part of the Fattal Hotel Group, a European and Middle Eastern hotel operator with over 190 hotels in 17 countries. At the end of 2017, Fattal partnered on the acquisition of the Jurys Inn Hotel Group and now operates 44 hotels in the UK and Ireland under two brands, Leonardo and Jurys Inn.
Shiels has 10 years’ experience with Jurys Inn, having previously served as GM of Jurys Inn Edinburgh and Jurys Inn Southampton. His new role will see his work expand to include the three Leonardo Hotels in Edinburgh and to oversee the recently confirmed £32m investment in the redevelopment and expansion of the existing Jurys Inn Edinburgh hotel and its neighbouring site.
The investment includes proposed plans to convert an adjacent listed building to a new 131-room NYX Hotel by Leonardo Hotels and the development of 31 new residential units on the 1.2 acre Jeffrey Street site.
Jason Carruthers, managing director of Leonardo and Jurys Inn Hotels UK and Ireland said: “We are delighted to announce David Shiels in this newly created position, Area General Manager Edinburgh. This is a truly exciting time for the Group as we expand our offering in Edinburgh and David has a proven track record to deliver exceptional experiences for our guests and drive the performance of the hotels in this key city.”