The Rutland Square Hotel in Nottingham is undergoing a major renovation to convert it into a four-star boutique property featuring “the best suite in the city”.
The three-star, 87-room hotel, which was converted from a warehouse in the 1990s, was acquired by Marsh Management from national operator Akkeron Hotels in June for around £2m.
Harjeet Johal, a spokesperson for the Johal family which has interests in Marsh Management, said the company intended to “fill a gap in the Nottingham market for a property with character”.
“I don’t think there is a design hotel in Nottingham so our intention is to make it more of a character building inside and also to expose local talent we have in the area, we’re keen on including local artists and revolving exhibitions, furniture makers, fabric weavers, and bring in the heritage of the area,” he told Boutique Hotelier.
“The rooms include a penthouse which we hope will become the best suite in the city and we’ve got great ideas for the design of the penthouse,” added Johal, who is overseeing the design.
The property includes a 200-capacity conference centre with breakout rooms in a separate building.
“We’re still open minded about what to do in the conference centre because it’s got great views over the Nottingham Castle and has a strong heritage as a conference centre and a venue. It’s still early days in the acquisition of the hotel so we’re just focusing on the hotel and the refurbishment,” said Johal.
The refurbishment has already started on several rooms and will be completed one floor at a time. Johal declined to reveal a budget for the works or a timescale.
Marsh Management is an investor a UK Best Western property, but the Rutland Square Hotel project marks the company’s first venture into the boutique hotel market and the operations side of the business.
“We are very strong property family and we have property interests all over the place and regarding hotels we’re now going into more and gaining experience of operating. It’s something we’re keen to invest more in,” Johal revealed.