Design-led brand, Locke Hotels, announced plans to open a new site in London last month, as it accelerates its European expansion drive over the next few years.
Plans for three new sites were revealed with a new senior team now in place to drive the openings, headed up by new CEO and former IHG COO Stephen McCall.
Incoming CEO McCall is responsible for integrating and leading the whole group through its next phase of growth. Speaking recently at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin, he said that ‘the burgeoning tech and creative scenes in these cities, coupled with the high demand for co-working spaces match our vision to be an inspired second home for communities in every European gateway city’.
McCall has over 23 years’ experience in the industry, across finance, governance and operations and was CEO for IHG in Europe for the past three years, having spent 10 years prior to this also with IHG.
So far, Saco Apartments encompasses three Locke aparthotels in the UK. Leman Locke in London opened in 2016, followed by Eden Locke in Edinburgh in 2017 and most recently, Manchester’s Whitworth Locke, which launched late last year.
The new wave of developments includes prime spots in Lisbon, Berlin and London’s vibrant Dalston neighbourhood, marking the fourth Locke in the capital.
The three latest additions will bring the total Locke portfolio to 12 across the UK and Europe, with four set to open in 2020 and a further five sites planned to open by 2022.
With McCall at the helm, the business is armed to enter its next ‘exciting phase of growth’ and bring its ambitious expansion plans to fruition.
Locations: London, Edinburgh, Manchester