Dakota Hotels ramps up UK expansion with team ‘actively looking’ for new sites

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Dakota Hotels is ‘actively looking’ to identify new sites in the UK to ramp up the expansion of the brand, following the successful launch of its fifth hotel in the country.

The new £30m purpose-built Dakota Manchester opened earlier this year, comprising 137 bedrooms, Dakota Grill restaurant, Champagne room and cigar terrace, and will now become the group’s flagship property, paving the way for more new openings for the Dakota Group.

The group will target key sites in the UK, with the acquisition team actively on the hunt for new sites in priority locations such as Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, M4-corridor, Manchester Airport, Newcastle, Oxford and Central London.

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The Group is looking to acquire sites up to 1 acre in size, capable of housing from 130 to 150 bedrooms and will help fuel expansion for the next two years.

The ‘original’ hotels are located at Edinburgh Forth Bridge and Eurocentral with Dakota Glasgow having opened in 2016.

Leeds followed one year later.

Andrew Ovenstone, group operations director at Dakota Hotels, said: “These are exciting times for Dakota and we look forward to expanding our hotel portfolio across the UK and beyond, bringing luxury lifestyle experiences to destinations that matter most. Our guests are well-travelled and they appreciate and expect the sophisticated, international standard of hospitality that the Dakota brand delivers.”

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