Hilton Worldwide has signed three new franchise agreements for its DoubleTree by Hilton brand in three more UK cities. Having opened 11 hotels in the UK in the last two years, the brand has reached agreement on additional sites in Bristol, Edinburgh and Nottingham.
“Since launching DoubleTree by Hilton in the UK, the brand has built momentum, particularly as a conversation proposition for existing properties,” says Senior Vice President of Development for Europe and Africa at Hilton Worldwide, Patrick Fitzgibbon. “Beginning the year with the signing of these hotels is testament to our aspirations to continue in the same vein throughout 2013.”
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre will become the brand’s first hotel in the Scottish capital. In a franchise agreement with West Register Hotels, the former Point Hotel (pictured) will convert to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand this summer following a period of significant investment and refurbishment, operated by BDL Management.
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre is expected to open this spring under a franchise agreement with Focus Hotels Management. After a multi-million pound renovation the former Jarvis hotel will join the DoubleTree by Hilton brand complete with 201 guestrooms over six storeys.
DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham Gateway is located on the A610 which links Nottingham to the M1. Under its former guise of The Nottingham Gateway Hotel the site is already an established meetings and events venue. Facilities include 582sqm of events space and parking capacity of 250. The franchise agreement signed with Exceptional Hotels and Resorts will see an upgrade of the hotel’s 106 guestrooms, meeting rooms, public areas and leisure facilities. The hotel is expected to relaunch in late 2013.
Hilton Worldwide operates a total of 112 properties in the UK under six brands, with a further 23 in the pipeline. DoubleTree by Hilton will open five new hotels in 2013, reaching a total of 25 hotels in operation across the UK.
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