Hotels group is plotting growth

Leonardo Hotels reiterates its commitment to the Scottish market

The refurbished bar in Leonardo’s flagship Scottish hotel in Edinburgh

THE managing director of UK hotels group, Leonardo Hotels, has outlined plans to expand the company’s portfolio in Scotland.

Daniel Roger said the company has not been put off investing in the country in spite of the economic uncertainty caused by last year’s Brexit vote.

The group, which opened Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh as its flagship Scottish unit earlier this year after a multi-million pound refurbishment, took over the Portland Hotels group in August, giving it five more locations across Scotland.

The hotels, in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Perth, took the group’s number of properties to over 85 in more than 40 locations, with Scotland said to be a major focus for the company’s future growth.

It is currently in the process of rebranding the Portland hotels.

Roger said: “With the market launch in the UK two years ago, our main targets were to increase our portfolio and strengthen the recognition of the Leonardo Hotels brand in Scotland.

“This plan underlines our latest coup, which is a takeover of the Portland Hotels with five properties in Scotland.

“Leonardo’s portfolio will grow to seven hotels with 1048 bedrooms, which represents a significant strengthening of our presence in the UK, and Scotland in particular.

“And we still have a lot to offer.” Commenting on the impact of Brexit on the company’s plans, Roger said the group had sent a “clear statement” by taking over Portland Hotels.