Hotelier of the Year Award sponsored by HT & Co Drinks
Winner: Koolesh Shah, Managing Director, London Town Group of Companies
Presented by Rupa Huq MP, Sanjay Thakrar, Director of HT Drinks, Koolesh Shah, Managing Director, London Town Group of Companies, Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye and Shailesh Solanki, Executive Editor, Eastern Eye.
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Hotelier of the Year Award: Koolesh Shah
Hotelier of the Year Award (supported by HT Drinks): Koolesh Shah, founder of the London Town Group
Born and raised in Britain, Koolesh Shah has spent his entire life in the hotel business. The London Town Group was the first to launch IHG’s Indigo hotel brand in the UK, a measure of the reputation the group enjoys with the big franchise brands.
The group currently has seven hotels with a further two in development.
Shah is also an advocate of Sri Aurobindo, one of India’s intellectual and spiritual giants of the early 20th century, and has carried the cause to SOAS and the University of London as the chairman of the Sri Aurobindo Trust.
Nottingham's new secret bar Lost Property is in a cave under a hotel
Half the fun of visiting Hockley's newest cocktail and gin joint is trying to find it.
Curiously located at number 7 1/2 Carlton Street, Lost Property is a seriously 'secret bar' hidden in the caves under the Nottingham's oldest hotel - and even once you've found the entrance you won't necessarily know how to get in.
Once you do make it inside you'll find a bar, part speakeasy, part lost property office. Decorated with parrots, glitterballs, more than 1,000 keys, 150 lost suitcases, a countertop bar made out of pennies and VIPee bathroom. The brainchild of Daniel Brown of Curious Venues, Lost Property had its 'soft opening' on Wednesday night after months of restoration work. It is the second phase of the Curious Tavern project, which is located within the 200-year-old Mercure Hotel.
"We are extremely proud of the venues, Curious Tavern and Lost Property. We are delighted to be working with Dan and his team at Curious Venues to offer such different spaces in Nottingham," says Koolesh Shah, managing director of London Town Hotels Group, who own the Mercure.
Lost Property serves the Curious menu plus a selection of themed cocktails, tying in with some of the hotel's famous guests. What the Dickens is a tribute to the Oliver Twist author, who hired the placed for six months to recreate his plays. The original signed bill is still at the hotel. Jimmy Nail, a long-term guest when filming Auf Wiedersehen Pet in the city, is the inspiration for another drink.
Shah adds: "When we purchased this hotel in 2009, we always had a vision that this was a unique hotel. This vision has now come into flourish"
Accor announces Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel
The world’s biggest hotel operator, AccorHotels announced it is opening in November 2016 with London Town Group a 72 room hotel under its Mercure brand in Talbot Square, London. The hotel is situated in a prime location close to Hyde Park and Paddington Station (the main central London terminus for express trains to Heathrow Airport).
Mercure London Hyde Park hotel will be operated under a franchise agreement with the property owner, London Town Hotels Group, which is extensively renovating the property ahead of its scheduled opening later this year. The new four star hotel will re-open under the Mercure hotel brand within the next four months. Mercure London Hyde Park will give the hotel brand a foothold in both Paddington and London’s iconic Hyde Park.
Mercure Hotel Nottingham Announces Free Upgraded Wi-Fi Access and Free Sky TV for Guests
Mercure Hotel Nottingham has announced free Sky TV to include Sport and Movie channels within the next six weeks which will be incorporated into all bedrooms. Upgraded Wi-Fi access will also be provided within bedrooms, public areas and meeting space.
The announcement confirms London Town Hotels Group commitment to guest’s satisfaction for both business and leisure customers. As part of the company’s continued efforts to evolve the guest experience by listening and responding to guest needs, London Town Hotels Group focus is upon providing connectivity and convenience within a home from home environment regardless of booking method or loyalty program participation.
Hotel Group Looks North
Sheffield’s Metropolitan Hotel has been acquired by the London Town Group of companies.
The Group’s latest investment is the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel, a stylish and contemporary 112-bedroom purpose- built hotel in the heart of the city centre.
“Sheffield was an attractive city to us for a number of reasons. Not only does it appear to be rapidly becoming a top destination for businesses in the North of England but its reputation as the Outdoor City is attracting more and more visitors for leisure purposes.