North East hotel group expands footprint with multi-million pound deal for Mercure hotel


A North East hotel group has stepped up its expansion plans after acquiring a four-star Mercure hotel in Rochdale in a multi-million pound deal.

Sunderland-based Ailantus Hotels has bought the 81-bedroom Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel and Spa in Rochdale to take its current portfolio to seven hotels, and marking the group’s first move outside the North East.

The chain hopes that the acquisition will strengthen the group’s reputation in the North West.

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The hotel also includes 11 meeting rooms, plus a fully-operating spa consisting of steam rooms, sauna and swimming pool and six treatments rooms.

Ailantus Hotels includes the George Washington Hotel in Washington, which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme, and the Holiday Inn Gosforth Park in Newcastle and the Quality Hotel at Boldon, which have also both recently been given makeovers.

Other hotels in the group include Mere Court Hotel in Knutsford, Best Western Smokies Park in Oldham and the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, North Yorkshire.

Neel Chawla, director of Ailantus Hotels said: “We are delighted to acquire the Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, the newest addition to our high quality suite of hotels. The acquisition will allow us to further enhance our reputation in the North West hotel sector.”

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