The OWO Raffles London (Imagery © Accor)
The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database identifies an impressive 431 hotel projects at various stages of development across the UK.
London is expected to see the biggest increase in new properties on the hotel scene, followed equally by Manchester and Edinburgh.
A booming hotel scene
Of the 431 hotels and 61,232 rooms that will open across the UK over the next few years, 112 significant hotels, with a total of 14,872 rooms, are set to debut in 2022.
This influx of openings will be joined by 68 new hotels with 10,531 rooms in 2023, 39 properties with 6,806 rooms in 2024, and 212 hotels with a total of 29,023 rooms in 2025 and beyond. These new properties include a total of 112 five-star hotels and 319 four-star hotels.
London is expected to see the most new establishments, with 102 new hotels comprising 16,917 rooms on the horizon. Manchester is eyeing 23 openings, with 3,909 rooms, and Edinburgh is also on track to see 23 hotel debuts, this time with 3,811 rooms between them.
Hampton by Hilton and Hotel Indigo stand out as the most developed brands in the UK. Hampton by Hilton has 13 new properties underway and Hotel Indigo is working on seven properties.
New cultural and social hubs
One of the most exciting upcoming hotels in London is Raffles London at the OWO, which will open in late 2022, which sees the transformation of The Old War Office Whitehall building.
This 120-key five-star property, with more than 80 private residences, will stand out for the grandeur of this site and the wealth of its lavish amenities, which will include nine restaurants and bars, a spa destination and a selection of shops.
Highlights of this property will include a ballroom for events and an inviting rooftop bar. EPR Architects is leading the architectural design for this site and 1508 London and Thierry W. Despont are working on the interiors.
Another highlight among these upcoming debuts is the new art’otel London Hoxton, which will open in early 2024.
The 343-key hotel will occupy a 27-story cylindrical building designed by Squire and Partners, with five office floors and upper floors dedicated to facilities including a lounge, bar and destination restaurant, all with impressive views .
The ground floor entrance will lead to a mezzanine level housing the restaurant and a second restaurant, and four separate floors connected to the property will house a gym, swimming pool and sauna.
Reflecting the hotel brand’s connection to art, the lower floors of the hotel will be set aside for gallery space and will serve as the setting for a rotating calendar of exhibitions, as well as cultural events.