Hotel du Vin veteran takes the helm at Harbour Hotels

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Coastal hotel group, Harbour Hotels has appointed Michael Warren as its new managing director.

He comes from the Hotel du Vin group where he was brand director and COO.

His experience in the hospitality sector spans an impressive 17 years, during which he has held several management roles with Hotel du Vin and Malmaison Hotels.

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Michael was appointed general manager at the original Hotel du Vin in Winchester in 1996, by the brand’s founders Robin Hutson and Gerard Basset, and has played a significant role in its expansion ever since.

Now in his new role, Michael will oversee Harbour Hotels’ expanding portfolio of South Coast hotels, including five properties across Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

Its newest flagship property, Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa is now open following a multi-million pound investment and refurbishment.

The group has also recently obtained planning permission to develop a Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa, due to open in summer 2015, once a £25m super yacht-inspired development is completed.

Michael says: “I am delighted to be joining this innovative hotel group at such an exciting stage. We have an opportunity to do something very special here, as we not only position the Harbour Hotels brand with our new Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa, but grow the collection to become the number one UK coastal hotel group.”

Nicolas Roach, chairman, Harbour Hotels added: “This is an extremely important appointment for Harbour Hotel. Michael’s strong background of growing and developing hotel groups will be pivotal in the development of the Harbour Hotels brand.”

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