Harbour Hotels ramps up expansion with three new properties


Hotel group, Harbour Hotels has announced three new acquisitions to its portfolio, securing new properties in Brighton, Bristol and South Sands.

The move has been made in a bid to cement the group’s reputation as one of the most exciting luxury chains in the UK.

Plans for the first Harbour Hotel in Brighton were first revealed in June, but details of the property were undisclosed. Now it’s been announced that Harbour Hotels will take over the Umi hotel currently in situ on the seafront and transform the property into a 77 bedroom hotel and spa complete with what will become the city’s only rooftop pool.

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In Bristol, the group has acquired two former bank buildings on Corn Street – the headquarters of Lloyds Bank and the Midland Ban site adjacent – and will open a 42 bedroom hotel, Jetty restaurant, spa and events space after an extensive refurbishment and development.

The new Salcombe Harbour Hotel will mark the group’s second property in the area, with ‘Tides Reach’ on South Sands set to join the brand. Harbour Hotels will add to the hotel with a new 40 bedrooms wing.

The group’s restaurant concept, The Jetty will be rolled out across all the new acquisitions, headed up by chef patron Alex Aitken, while the Harbour Spa will also feature at the new properties.

Mike Warren, MD of Harbour Hotels commented: “These acquisitions further illustrate our ambitious growth plans; becoming one of the UK’s most exciting hotel brands. Expanding into cities such as Bristol and Brighton brings a new dimension to the group, with properties now featured in coastal, country and city locations.”

To add to this continuous success, Charles Williamson, restaurant manager at Christchurch Harbour Hotel, recently scooped the coveted title of Restaurant Manager of the Year at the Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Star Awards.