A handful of hotels up and down the country will relaunch under new guises this year as a result of transformations spearheaded by new owners. 

The Taylors…

The Bird

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Owned by: Ian and Christa Taylor

After acquiring the County Hotel Bath in March, Ian and Christa Taylor have now revealed the new-look Bird, Bath after a complete transformation project.

The leading hoteliers have created a new ‘vibrant environment full of colour and sociable experiences’ at the Bird, Bath, introducing a new design concept, new bedrooms and refreshed public spaces to reposition the hotel as the sister to No.15 Great Pulteney as part of the Kaleidoscope Collection.

New signage was unveiled in September, with the new bedrooms now being finalised ready for 2019, taking the total from 22 bedrooms to 31.

A new Great British Classics menu will also be introduced in the restaurant at the Bird Bath in January, with prawn cocktail, lamb hot pot and apple crumble an example of the dishes to expect.

Ian Taylor tells BH that the bird décor has become a ‘bit of a theme’, from the Divine Savages ‘Crane Fonda’ wallpaper in the restaurant, to the ‘olive branch’ bird sculpture by Simon Conolly in the reception area.


Owned by: Ian and Christa Taylor

On August 1 2018, the Taylors acquired Homewood Park to add to their two-strong portfolio in Bath, following the sale of The Abbey earlier in the year.

The hoteliers, who also own No.15 Great Pulteney and The Bird as part of the Kaleidoscope Collection, took over the 21-bedroom four-star Homewood Park from Longleat Group Hotels, and straight away put the wheels in motion for a renovation and repositioning.

Ian tells BH that there are currently ‘lots of changes in progress’ with the bedrooms and public spaces being refreshed and made brighter to become ‘more of a talking point’.

Statement art, of which the Taylors are renowned for, is also starting to go up around the property, as well as a new collection of chandeliers in the restaurant and a wall of clocks in the reception. Food is overseen by the Kaleidoscope Collection’s executive chef Marc Hardiman.

A new terrace for outdoor dining plus a new lounge for afternoon tea are also being developed.

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Harbour Hotels…

Padstow Harbour Hotel & Spa

Opening date: Late spring 2019

Harbour Hotels acquired The Metropole Hotel, a landmark property in the conic coastal town, Padstow, from Richardson Hotels earlier this year. Overlooking the Camel Valley Estuary, the hotel boasts an epic waterside location and is currently undergoing a full refurbishment programme before being relaunched next year under the Harbour Hotels brand as Padstow Harbour Hotel.

The four-star hotel currently features 58 bedrooms, a spa, and 2 AA Rosette restaurant.

Fowey Harbour Hotel & Spa

Opening sate: Late spring 2019

The former Fowey Hotel, overlooking the Fowey Estuary, will open as Fowey Harbour Hotel & Spa after a rebrand and refurbishment in late spring next year. The 37-bedroom hotel is home to a 2 AA Rosette restaurant and bar, with Harbour Hotels’ signature style and ethos set to be introduced. The HarSPA brand and established dining concepts will also be created at the hotel.

Across the pond…

Maison de la Luz

Next spring the industry will wait with baited breath for the next launch from Atelier Ace, the studio behind the Ace Hotel concept, as Maison de la Luz prepares to open in New Orleans.

The new distinct guesthouse will tap into a new market for Ace and will be home to 67 bedrooms, a library bar and ‘curated concierge service’.

Maison de la Luz has been designed in partnership with acclaimed Studio Shamshiri, a brother and sister team headed up by Pamela and Ramin Shamshiri.

“Maison de la Luz is a relaxed and idiosyncratic entry point to the city, allowing guests the freedom to explore New Orleans’ singular vibrance, or to seek refuge in a resplendent and private space,” says Kelly Sawdon, chief brand officer of Atelier Ace.


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