Chardon’s hotel plans take off

Green light for new 125-bedroom property at Edinburgh airport


HOTEL operator Maurice Taylor has been given the go-ahead to build a new 125-bedroom property at Edinburgh airport.

Ingliston Hotels, a division of Taylor’s Glasgow-based Chardon Trading, has been granted planning permission by Edinburgh City Council for the £15 million project.
To be located near the 95-bedroom Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport, also managed by Chardon, Taylor intends to run the new hotel as a franchise of a major hotel brand.
Chardon currently runs 35 hotels across the UK, including the Indigo, Doubletree by Hilton, Best Western and Holiday Inn brands, and aims to expand its portfolio by 10% each year.
Taylor said the new hotel will be aimed at the “luxury budget” market.
“We are delighted to secure planning approval for this exciting new hotel, which expresses our confidence in the future of the hospitality sector in Edinburgh and our determination to continue to commit to significant investment in growth, despite the challenging economic climate within which we all operate,” he said.
“Planning approval for this hotel represents more good news for Edinburgh, marking a further stage in the development of the Edinburgh International project’s aim to enhance, via Edinburgh Airport, the city’s global connectivity by developing the area as an international gateway into Scotland.”
Meanwhile, Hilton Aberdeen Treetops is set to undergo a £425,000 revamp in the coming weeks.
The hotel, which will continue to trade throughout the work, will receive a complete overhaul of its bedroom corridors.
Thirty of the hotel’s 120 bedrooms, including eight of the property’s ‘deluxe-plus’ business bedrooms, will be upgraded and refurbished, the hotel’s business centre will be revamped to create a new lounge area, and seven of the hotel’s meeting rooms will receive a makeover.
A further £75,000 will be spent upgrading kitchen and catering equipment.
Stewart Lorimer, Hilton’s area general manager for the north of Scotland, said the latest revamp follows a £400,000 programme of work last year, which included the refurbishment of the lobby lounge areas, reception, restaurant and the ballroom.
“This is just the latest in an ongoing programme of upgrades we have undergone at the hotel to ensure we remain a key player in attracting both business and leisure visitors to the city,” he said.
“Aberdeen’s hospitality sector continues to play a vital role in the economy of the city and we’re delighted to continually improve our proposition for busy business and leisure guests.”

Image: Plans for a 125-bedroom hotel at Edinburgh airport have received the go-ahead.