The Hotel Business


Boutique hotel firm Mr & Mrs Smith smashes crowdfunding target

UK hotel company's crowdfund is one of the most successful on the platform – second only to Monzo in speed.


Entrepreneur profile: Guy Nixon, Founder and CEO of Native

He wanted to make the accommodation experience more personal for corporates, rather than the usual overnight hotel stay.


Hotelchamp’s Kristian Valk on bringing people back to hotels

Hotels around the world are facing a huge challenge as third party sites take over the booking process entirely. Hotelchamp seeks to change that.


“Alexa, check me in”: British hotel chain integrates Amazon Echo Dot as a virtual concierge

Village is the very first in the country to install the Amazon Echo Dot in its guest rooms as a virtual concierge.

Mergers & Acquisitions

AccorHotels acquires three major asset portfolios in deals totalling €284m

Total of 29 hotels bought by Europe's top hotel chain.


Bulldog Hotel Group raises £4.5m through Business Growth Fund

Bulldog Hotel Group is looking to double the number of sites it runs after securing £4.5 million from the Business Growth Fund (BGF). The money is to be invested in expansion throughout England.


Hotel comparison platform Top10.com raises $8 million to go after new markets

Balderton Capital has led a funding round into Top10.com alongside existing investors Accel Partners, Forward Partners and Idealab.


Qbic looks to roll out budget boutique hotel offering following investment

A new budget boutique hotel business located in London and Amsterdam has secured the investment it needs to expand.


Shepherd Neame acquires historic Sandwich hotel 

Brewery and hospitality group Shepherd Neame has acquired the Place Sandwich Venture Capital Trust, the owner and operator of the Bell Hotel in Sandwich, Kent, in a deal that enables investor Albion Ventures to exit the investment.


Refinancing for Kew Green Hotels


Hallmark goes fourth with hotel acquisitions

Hallmark Hotel Group has continued its buy-and-build strategy by spending £25 million on buying four properties.


Real Hotels to exit London

The Real Hotel Company plc is planning to dispose of three of its London-based hotels to Whitbread subsidiary Premier Inn Hotels for £18.6 million.