From boutique bedrooms to floating hotels and serviced apartments, 2018 is set to be an excitingly extravagant year for new hotel openings. See our rundown of the ones to watch out for over the next few months.
Monkey Island Estate, Berkshire
Situated on a picturesque private island on the River Thames that can only be accessed via footbridge or boat, Monkey Island Estate is now open for business following a major renovation by YTL Hotels.
Featuring 27 bedrooms, a signature restaurant, stylish bar, a lounge for afternoon tea, in addition to a unique spa set on a converted Dutch barge, this luxurious hotel offers a magical escape for those looking for a unique place to rest their heads or host a memorable event.
The Langley, Buckinghamshire
Set amidst acres of landscaped gardens on the former estate of the third Duke of Marlborough, The Langley will operate under the Marriott’s Luxury Collection brand.
Set to open in summer 2018, the 41-bedroom boutique hotel overlooks Hyde Park and is located within two Grade II listed buildings. Offering a collection of exclusive dining experiences and a world-class wellness centre with classes run by leading personal trainer, Matt Roberts, this country manor house offers a venue fit for royalty.
Grand Central, Belfast
Northern Ireland’s largest hotel, Hastings Hotels’ £53m Grand Central hotel, is set to open in June 2018. Hastings Hotels purchased the property, formerly Windsor House, for £6.5m in May 2015 with plans to renovate it into a hotel.
The original Grand Central hotel was built in 1893 and was the thriving hub of Victorian Belfast. The new, modernised hotel will feature a restaurant, bistro, rooftop lounge, retail units and offices perfect for business meetings.
Fingal Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
A floating hotel is set to dock next to the formal royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II in June. MV Fingal a 1964 lighthouse steam tender owned by Royal Yacht Britannia’s trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises – is being transformed into a lavish 23-room pad with balconied cabins, duplex apartments and décor that mixes the art deco style of the Roaring Twenties with maritime heritage.
Visit Scotland is hoping that the quirky new addition will become the country’s ‘top attraction.’ Whatever your preferences, the floating hotel is sure to offer a truly unique experience.
The Edinburgh Grand
Positioned in the cultural heart of the city, The Edinburgh Grand is comprised of 50 luxury-serviced apartments in a variety of shapes and sizes, from Grand Studios to the three-bedroom, rooftop Penthouse with its staggering 360-degree panoramic view.
Set in the former National Bank of Scotland building, the city’s hottest new social hub offers a sleek bar, coffeehouse and a selection of unique experiences from lunch packages through to whisky tours, making it an ideal based for business travellers when it opens on 1st June 2018.