Best new hotel openings this summer


Callow Hall

The opening of Callow Hall in Derbyshire this summer has signalled the launch of a new boutique hotel brand, Wildhive.

The group’s first property is situated in 35 acres of space and has undergone an extensive renovation since being acquired by Wildhive’s founders Ed Burrows and Charles Randall in 2018.

Callow Hall has been transformed by interior designer Isabella Worsley, who previously worked alongside Firmdale Hotels’ designer and founder, Kit Kemp.

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The main house comprises 15 bedrooms, and then dotted amongst the woodland are 11 one-bedroom woodland Hives, complete with bathroom, kitchenette and outdoor bathing, all designed by Worsley.

There will also be two treehouses on site, from Blue Forest, each designed to ‘sit amongst the trees’ and are geared for self-catering with open-plan sitting rooms and kitchens.

Executive chef David Bukowicki, previously at Barnsdale Lodge in Rutland, is overseeing the food and drink and has created a menu which celebrates the seasons and the best of British produce.

Callow Hall’s 15 beehives will be managed by the Derbyshire Bee Society and will provide honey for the house. Callow Hall’s kitchen garden will also provide seasonal vegetables and herbs.

The new bespoke contemporary glass Garden Room will serve inspiring seasonal dishes from breakfast through to dinner and has a sedum roof to provide a habitat for birds and insects.

The Coach House Wellness Centre will offer an undercover gym area, yoga studio and sauna and steam room, as well as three treatment rooms. Bikes will also be available to hire.

The aim behind Wildhive is to create a ‘characterful collection of houses’, from cabins, pigsties, to treehouses or earth dens, situated in ‘lesser-known’ parts of the UK.

Callow Hall was built between 1849 and 1852 for John Goodwin Johnson. It opened as a hotel in 1982 and for 26 years it was run by the Spencer family until it was sold to Von Essen Hotels.

In 2011, the then 16-bedroom property was acquired by David and Joan Hardman, who saved the hotel from Von Essen administration in 2011.

The Harper

The Harper is the first venture for the Cutmore-Scott family, whose hospitality background has been built up in the wedding industry. Taking a leap into the boutique hotel market, the family have created a new offering for Norfolk, which they hope will carve the way for a new collection.

The Harper has got all the ingredients to be a sure-fire success. A distinctive design peppered with nods to history, an unfussy service culture and ‘eat anywhere’ ethos and a wine dispenser that offers tipples on tap, what’s not to love so far?

In May, the Cutmore-Scott family opened the doors to their first boutique hotel in Norfolk, in a change of pace from running their successful portfolio of wedding venues across the country.

Bijou runs wedding venues including Notley Abbey, Cain Manor and Botleys Mansion, as well as one site in France, and has built a robust reputation since its inception in 2008.

The brick and flint-built barn in Langham was previously home to Langham Glass, a cottage industry that outgrew its premises as glassblowing blossomed. Now having been transformed into The Harper, its new incarnation retains the fabric of the historic building and retells its story with a bold, industrial aesthetic in its public areas.

Home to 32 bedrooms, restaurant Stanley’s named after owner Sam Cutmore-Scott’s grandfather, living room Ivy’s paying tribute to Sam’s late grandmother, and games room, The Den. The hotel’s name also pays homage to family relatives who inspired the new venture.

The iron, copper, oak and slate of The Harper gives off a faint mechanical air that evokes the building’s industrial past as well as Stanley’s life and work.

Stanley’s Restaurant has a huge focus on fresh ingredients and boast two concepts; an ‘all-day dine anywhere’ menu and a slightly more refined, but not fussy, a la carte offering.

Working on the kitchen operation with Sam is Stuart Paterson, a long-time colleague who has overseen the F&B for Bijou Wedding Venues for the last ten years.

The Harper also boasts outside space, The Yard with food served from The Shack, plus a spa with pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and two treatment rooms.

GuestHouse Bath

Guesthouse hotels opened its first official site in Bath last month, after the three brothers acquired No.15 Great Pulteney Street in 2019 from Ian and Christa Taylor

The hotel has been redesigned by James, Tom and Tristan Guest, in a project overseen by Martin Hulbert who was previously involved with the Taylors, while other iconic parts of the hotel have remained, such as the bar, reception space and meeting rooms.

The third floor bedrooms have been transformed to evoke a sanctuary vibe, with soft neutral colours and pops of curiosity such as mini bars stored in dolls houses and vinyl record players.

The number of bedrooms has also been reduced from 40 to 37 to allow for the spa to be expanded. The spa space has been changed as a result and now boasts six treatment rooms, including a show-stopping couples’ suite complete with huge circular copper bath.

The restaurant has been pared back and updated with a simplistic design that can carry through from day to night.

The trio also have the added bonus of having industry stalwart Diego Masciaga on board consulting the business as it expands.

The Guest brothers come from a strong foundation of business acumen. Their grandfather was John Guest, the founder of the namesake plumbing systems manufacturer, probably most famous for the development of the Speedfit device, used in almost every pub in the country.

The company was sold in 2018 for £687m to Reliance Worldwide Corporation after almost six decades in the family.

Guesthouse already has two other sites in its portfolio and will relaunch hotels in Brighton and York over the next two years.

Mondrian London

The Accor brand Mondrian makes its much-anticipated return to London this month.

Mondrian Shoreditch London will open following a major overhaul and redesign of the former The Curtain hotel, headed up by design studio Goddard Littlefair.

The news follows Accor’s acquisition of sbe’s hotel brands in Q4 2020 and its planned joint venture with Ennismore, which will see the creation of ‘one of the world’s largest and fastest growing lifestyle operators’ later this summer.

The building is owned by the Reuben brothers who inked a deal with former operator Michael Achenbaum. He then left the business in September 2020 when the pressures of Covid put a strain on his firm.

Mondrian Shoreditch London will mark the return of the Mondrian brand to London when the new hotel launches in spring and will be the sixth property in the global portfolio.

The Mondrian brand exited London in January 2019 as sbe handed over the reins of the 359-bedroom Mondrian London hotel to the Lore Group.

It’s been confirmed that Bibo by Dani Garcia will be the replacement for Red Rooster by Marcus Samuelsson, previously housed at what was The Curtain.

Garcia, an Andalusian chef, is best known for his eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Marbella, which he closed in 2019.

Bibo currently comprises four sites in Madrid, Marbella, Cádiz, and Doha and is known for its raw bar, steaks, burger and Spanish tapas.

The new restaurant will be the first time the chef has opened a dining space with sbe in London.

Bibo will operate alongside all-day café and cocktail bar – Christina’s Shoreditch and private members rooftop space, Altitude Rooftop.

There will also be 120 newly-redesigned bedrooms, including 13 suites, private room and bar The Screening Room and the return of the Curtain Members Club.

The Star, Alfriston

Dynamic mother-and-daughter duo, Olga and Alex Polizzi have opened their new hotel, The Star in Alfriston, Sussex.

The Grade-II listed 15th century building has opened as a 30-bedroom hotel, featuring Olga’s Polizzi’s signature design flair, and comprising an all-day casual dining space as well as a more formal restaurant.

In December 2019 Olga Polizzi, the renowned interior designer, hotelier and director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels bought The Star, Alfriston, in East Sussex, with her daughter, Alex Polizzi, the businesswoman and presenter of Channel 5 television show, The Hotel Inspector. 

Olga Polizzi already owns Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall and Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, while The Star, Alfriston is the first official joint venture for the mother and daughter duo.

The Star will become the third hotel in the Polizzi Collection.

Heading up the team is general manager Edward Johnson, who joins after two years at The Berkeley, where he worked as reception manager.

He also boasts experience at the likes of The Savoy, The Goring and Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel. His appointment marks his first general manager’s role.

Nomad London

The hottest ticket in town right now is a reservation at the restaurant within the new Nomad London. Instagram is peppered with candid shots from the vast dining space, which has created quite the buzz since opening in May.

NoMad London marks the first international property for the NoMad brand operated by New-York based hospitality company, Sydell Group.

The historic former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station in Covent Garden has been transformed into a 91-bedroom hotel, including 21 suites, plus a handful of exciting drinking and dining destinations taking residence in the Grade-II listed building.

The property is the Sydell Group’s second venture in London, following the company’s partnership with Ron Burkle and Soho House to open The Ned.

Sydell Group has partnered with Doha-based investment firm BTC to launch the London outpost.

F&B will play an integral role in the experience, with the offering overseen by executive chef Ashley Abodeely.

The hospitality and dining room teams will be overseen by food & beverage director and NoMad NYC opening alum, Chris Perone. 

At the heart of the hotel, The NoMad Restaurant is housed in a light-filled atrium evocative of an Edwardian greenhouse and is open five days a week (Tuesday to Saturday).

Side Hustle is NoMad’s version of a British pub with a decidedly New York ‘sensibility and a playful spirit’, serving a menu of sharing plates paired with an agave-based list of spirits created by mixologist Leo Robitschek and the NoMad Bar team. 

The Library is the living room of the hotel where guests can enjoy light fare, coffee and tea, and cocktails amidst a thoughtful collection of books.

Common Decency, is the first-ever NoMad lounge, and is nestled in a ‘subterranean playground’, offering a lively East London style craft cocktail bar complemented by elements of West End establishments. 

NoMad London also offers over 9,000 square feet of space for weddings, events, meetings and private dining. The building’s original Magistrates’ Courtroom, now the Magistrates’ Ballroom, has been re-imagined as a formal space with two adjacent private dining rooms, a separate bar, and a dedicated entrance from the street using the original courtroom’s entrance.

A unique part of the hotel will also be the Bow Street Police Museum which pays homage to the building’s colourful past both as a police station for over 100 years and as a Magistrates’ Court. 

Haycock Manor

Haycock Manor Hotel in Cambridgeshire is to open next week following an extensive renovation of a Grade-II listed building into a new luxury boutique.

The hotel is family-owned and operated by Haycock Limited and is situated in the village of Wansford-in-England.

The first phase of opening will see 49 bedrooms unveiled alongside two restaurants, a bar and lounge. The second phase will be completed in August and will comprise the launch of a cookery school and farm shop, with a spa and riverside glamping site to open in early 2022.

Haycock Manor Hotel will launch as a member of the consortiums Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection and Pride of Britain Hotels.

The 49 bedrooms are divided into clusters, with classic doubles, garden classics, feature rooms, junior suites or master suites and aim to bring the hotel’s history to life. The building dates back to 1571.

At the helm of the Haycock Manor kitchen is executive chef Lee Clarke. Whilst Clarke will oversee all elements of the food and beverage including breakfast, afternoon tea and the more casual dining affair Haycock Kitchen, his main focus will be Prévost Restaurant.

Recognised in the Michelin Guide, Prévost previously existed in the heart of nearby Peterborough, but will be housed in an Orangery style building with glass atrium overlooking the Haycock’s kitchen gardens.

Joining Clarke in the kitchen at Prévost is Sam Nash, who has spent the last six years garnering his skills at L’Enclume.

Haycock Kitchen will serve a brasserie-style menu featuring seasonal grills and salads in the original Inn dating from 1534. Part of this restaurant is situated in the enormous historic kitchen with its ancient arched ceiling, one of the oldest original elements of the building.

Afternoon tea will be served in one of the hotel’s drawing rooms, complete with open fireplace and exposed beams and the Cocktail Bar will showcase the very best of British, new and old-world wines, with a strong focus on sustainable, organic producers.

As part of the spa launch in 2022, a fitness suite will open, with yoga mats in bedrooms, electric bikes, canoes and paddleboards also on offer.

The Tawny Hotel

The Tawny Hotel has introduced a new hospitality concept set within the gardens of Consall Hall Estate in the Peak District.

The Tawny Hotel is situated within the 70-acre grounds of the restored wild garden of the Estate in Staffordshire and comprises a series of accommodation types, including shepherds huts, treehouses and boathouses.

There is a total of 55 rooms available.

The new joint venture is being spearheaded by locals Fran and William Scott-Moncrieff and Ben and Sarah Reeves, who took on the project three years ago. They are working with local local conservation architects, ctd architects to provide an economically viable and sustainable future for the gardens, which date back to 1246, ultimately creating The Tawny Hotel.

Prior to their ownership, the site was the home of engineer, Mr William Podmore, who spent 50 years transforming the gardens.

Each room type is unique in its design and comes with complimentary minibars, Wifi, televisions, outdoor baths, and yoga mats.

The Lookout can accommodate between two and six guests and boasts a private deck with outdoor spa bath. The Treehouses can host up to six guests, while The Boathouses are situated alongside the waterfront.

The Retreats, cedar-clad cabins able to sleep up to eight guests, will launch in 2022.

Accompanying the rooms is the Plumicorn Restaurant, housed in the central building, and overseen by Chris Alexander.

A second dining space, the Feather Lounge, will offer a shorter bar menu. Later this year, The Tawny will unveil The Perch, an intimate space for small groups to experience private dining and access to the Chef’s Table.

There is also an outdoor pool, yoga mats provided in rooms and spa treatments available.

Recycled bikes will also be available later this year.

Still to come this year…

The Londoner

The Londoner is to open this September, following a £300m development.

The Londoner will be a five-star, 16-storey, purpose-built hotel operated by Edwardian Hotels, joining The May Fair Hotel and other hotels in the capital and Manchester in the portfolio.

The new-build property secured a £175m Green Loan from HSBC UK, a first for the hospitality sector, to enable the business to pioneer methods of sustainable luxury.

The hotel will be home to 350 bedrooms including 15 suites, six restaurants and lounges, including a rooftop bar, a ballroom for up to 1,000 guests, two cinemas and a subterranean spa, with an interior design spearheaded by Yabu Pushelberg.

There will also be a Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and a fire pit.

Charles Oak was appointed hotel director at The Londoner in 2019. Oak’s career spans three decades having held several senior management positions in hotel’s within the group’s portfolio including The May Fair Hotel, as well as roles at Gleneagles, Heckfield Place and The Savoy.

Pan Pacific

Pan Pacific London is to now open this autumn.

Located‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌mixed-use‌ ‌development‌ ‌at‌ ‌One‌ ‌Bishopsgate‌ ‌Plaza, the‌ ‌city’s‌ ‌new‌ ‌landmark‌ ‌tower, ‌the‌ ‌hotel‌ ‌is‌ ‌currently‌ ‌under‌ ‌construction‌. Originally scheduled to open in Q4 2020, the 237-bedroom hotel will now launch this year as a ‘realistic timeframe’ for opening.

General manager Anne Golden said that despite the delay, the hotel is ‘well advanced’ and ‘will grow into a formidable hospitality player in the UK’.

The new luxury hotel, the first European outpost for Pan Pacific Hotels Group, has brought in iconic designer Dixon to create the bar in Devonshire House, set to launch in autumn 2021.

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Last year, the hotel appointed Bake Off: The Professionals judge, Cherish Finden as executive pastry chef.

Harbour Beach Club

Harbour Hotels has released new details of its second Salcombe hotel, due to open this August, Harbour Beach Club.

Introducing a new name for the brand, the Harbour Beach Club is situated on the South Sands beach and will comprise 50 bedrooms, a casual restaurant, luxury spa and beach bar. There will also be a focus on watersport activities to ensure guests maximise the hotel’s location.

The spa will feature an indoor pool, sauna and steam room, plus five treatment rooms. A spa crèche will also be available as well as a spa café serving juices and light food.

The hotel’s restaurant will be home to stylish banquette seating, alongside contemporary décor.

After opening its doors, the hotel will be the second in the Harbour Hotels collection situated in Salcombe with a shuttle service operating between both properties to transport guests.

One Hundred Shoreditch

A new hotel from the Lore Group will open this autumn, situated in the building previously home to Ace Hotel London Shoreditch.

One Hundred Shoreditch will mark the second London property from the Lore Group, joining the Sea Containers London in the capital.

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch closed in 2020 after seven successful years confirming it would not reopen following the government imposed lockdown.

At the time the Lore Group, which manages the building, said a new hotel would open within the space following a refurbishment.

Now the new 258-bedroom hotel will comprise six restaurants and bars, including a seafood restaurant and wine bar, a destination cocktail bar and roof terrace, offering the ‘largest choice of restaurants and bars within one hotel in the area’. There will also be five meetings and events spaces.

Design work on the property is led by Lore Group creative director Jacu Strauss and his team.

One Hundred Shoreditch will be operated by the Lore Group regional London team who previously transitioned and continue to operate Sea Containers London.

The Lore Group also operates Pulitzer Amsterdam, Riggs Washington DC and newly opened Lyle Washington DC.

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