Whitbread dominates the British market with its brand Premier Inn, which is also the country's leading chain, although the expansion of the group's domestic operations slowed down last year. Quite a few international (ibis, Holiday Inn Express) and UK budget hotel chains (Jurys Inns, Easy Hotels, Travelodge) continue to diversify from their traditionally more upmarket offerings, however.
Another budget-brand player, Point A Hotels, is expanding its existing portfolio of seven centrally located hotels in the UK with the openings of new properties: Point A Edinburgh and Point A London Kensington.
Point A Edinburgh (June 2019)
The arrival of the new Point A Edinburgh (149 rooms) will bring low-priced rooms to the centre of the city in time for the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Point A Edinburgh is the operator’s second Scottish property: the first opened in March 2017 in Glasgow.
Point A London Kensington (July 2019)
Point A Hotel’s seventh London property, Point A London Kensington (103 rooms), will give a welcome boost to this area of West London where affordable accommodation is in short supply.
Point A Hotels have six hotels in London (Shoreditch, Liverpool Street, King’s Cross St Pancras, Paddington, Westminster and Canary Wharf) and another in Glasgow.
Five of the hotels, previously operated under a franchise agreement with the limited-service Tune Hotels brand, were relaunched as Point A Hotels.
Raag Hotels is a joint venture between affiliates of the Queensway Group, the Wellcome Trust and Fifty Seven 7, a company owned by Naguib Kheraj. In addition to having been a franchisee of Tune Hotels, the Queensway Group owns and operates the boutique hotel Montagu Place in London and manages 20 KFC restaurants and 13 Starbucks coffee shops across the UK.
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