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Jobs boost as new ibis hotel opens near Cambridge Railway Station

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Another jobs boost has been brought to the city thanks to the opening of a new hotel near Cambridge Railway Station. Hotel operator AccorHotels has now officially opened its new ibis Cambridge hotel, which is situated in Station Square directly opposite the train station. It is described as the first AccorHotels property in Cambridge2 and one of the largest hotels in the city.

The hotel’s opening has created approximately 20 new jobs, ranging from managerial roles to receptionists, bar and restaurant staff.

Jobs Boost As New Ibis Hotel Opens Near Cambridge Railway Station

The hotel comprises 231 ‘sweet rooms’ by ibis, the brand’s new contemporary and comfortable room concept created specifically for the wellbeing of guests.

Ibis Cambridge3 also boasts new _SPACE by ibis meeting rooms, a meeting room concept that addresses the growing requirement for flexible working spaces. There will also be a new Chill #2 coffee shop. Chill #2 is the main check-in area of the hotel, where guests are able to check in without the hassle of reception desks.

The caf -bar sources local produce, which will be prepared fresh onsite, and will also be stocking artisan coffee.

Jobs Boost As New Ibis Hotel Opens Near Cambridge Railway Station

Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director of AccorHotels UK and Ireland, said: We have ambitious expansion plans in the UK – and growth in the regions outside of London is a key part of this. Cambridge is a hugely popular destination for both leisure and business travellers and our new hotel will help to cater for both.

We are very pleased to be investing in the Cambridge economy and look forward to making a positive impact in the area for our guests, partners and the local community.”

AccorHotels state that according to the Office for National Statistics, Cambridge welcomed 430,000 visitors from overseas alone last year, who together stayed more than 3.5 million nights and spent 350 million. This made the city the 10th most visited UK destination by overseas visitors.

Jobs Boost As New Ibis Hotel Opens Near Cambridge Railway Station

Karelle Lamouche, Senior Vice President for Economy and Budget hotels at AccorHotels UK and Ireland, said: The hotel marks a new benchmark in the economy hotel segment.

It offers greater well-being and modernity to guests who stay at the new hotel.

Ibis Cambridge will also offer a new standard in comfort, without the increased price tag.

Its prime location and the new _SPACE by ibis meeting rooms mean ibis Cambridge is perfectly suited to business travellers.”

On the ibis website room rates are listed “from 63”.

A standard double room for tomorrow night (Friday) was quoted as costing 104.

Noews of the jobs boost comes after a new EU report claimed the city had the highest level of employability, with 85.1 per cent of the population aged between 20 and 64 listed as in work.

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  • World’s most most luxurious hotel ?

    World's Most Most Luxurious Hotel ?
    Have you ever wanted to stay in a hotel that would make Donald Trump or Marie Antoinette jealous? Soon you can, if you travel to The 13 in Macau, China.

    The 13 has been developed by Stephen Hung and has enough bling to make even those with the most luxurious tastes fall back in awe. See also: The world’s strangest hotels4

    See also: Beautiful hotel rooftops around the world5 Don’t expect to be able to book into a room though because at The 13, they only have villas. The biggest one measures up at a staggering 30,000 sq ft. Not only will guests be staying in luxury, they will also be travelling in style. The hotel company has made the single biggest Rolls Royce order in history, purchasing 30 Phantoms in red. These pricey cars will be used to chauffeur the hotel’s clientele around. Naturally each guest will be given their own butler and also access their villa through a private elevator.

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    Overseas investors purchase significant UK hotel portfolio

    Overseas Investors Purchase Significant UK Hotel Portfolio

    Two agents have advised on the sale of three branded UK hotels to an Asian joint venture. Joint agents Christie & Co and JLL advised real estate business Dominvs Group on the sale of Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Darlington, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Dumfries and the Mercure Sheffield Parkway for an undisclosed sum off a guide price of 12m. The buyer was a joint venture between Thailand-based Fico Corporation and Singha Estate.

    This is a significant deal post the EU referendum result, explained Gavin Wright, director of the hotels and hospitality group at JLL.

    All three hotels benefit from being operated by well-known brands and offer stable and steady income.

    The total portfolio comprises 229 guest bedrooms. Fico Corporation and Singha Estate already own 26 Mercure hotels across the UK. Both the Mecure Sheffield Parkway and Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Darlington are freehold, while the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Dumfries is held on a long leasehold basis.

    The sale came as part of Dominvs Group s wider strategy to grow their going concern portfolio and development pipeline. In July, development finance lenders criticised Sadiq Kahn s plans1 to reduce the amount of London property sold to overseas investors. Last month, a Hong Kong-based group purchased a 42m central London hotel2.

    Jeremy Jones, head of hotels brokerage at Christie & Co, suggested that the Dominvs Group deal was indicative of continued demand from overseas investors following the EU referendum.

    This portfolio sale follows on from a number of recent high-profile sales processes.

    It is further evidence of the appetite from both domestic and overseas buyers for good-quality regional UK hotel assets.


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