Malmaison Group CEO Gary Davis is close to signing a new hotel under the UK boutique brand in Bristol, and is also searching for new sites in Dublin and London, Boutique Hotelier can reveal.
“We’re just finishing off a deal hopefully in Bristol for Malmaison, just finishing off with planning consents and stuff so touch wood . It’s a nice hotel market without a Malmaison, we have a Hotel du Vin there,” said Davis, who heads up both boutique hotel brands.
He said the Bristol property, expected to open before the end of 2014, would involve the conversion of an office building but declined to reveal the value of the deal.
Davis also revealed that the group was seeking a site for its first Malmaison hotel in Ireland in Dublin, and also looking for a second site in London.
“We’re desperately trying to find another spot for Malmaison on the other side of town,” added Davis.
The group already operates Malmaison London near Farringdon, which is currently undergoing renovation and is expected to officially re-launch in November.
The conversion of the old Tay Hotel in Dundee into a Malmaison hotel is also due to be completed in November.
Davis has major expansion plans for Malmaison Group, which comprises boutique brands Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, following an initial £10m cash injection and continued investment by new owner KSL Capital Partners, the US investor which acquired the group in March.
SEE OCTOBER ISSUE OF BOUTIQUE HOTELIER FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH GARY DAVIS