UK: MEININGER Hotels have signed a contract for a new hotel in Liverpool, due to be completed by spring 2021.
Located on Union Court, close to the city’s main attractions, the new hotel will become the group’s second property in the UK after the opening of MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park in 2006.
Thomas Hagemann, COO of MEININGER Hotels, said: “Our new hotel property in Liverpool is an existing building that will be converted into a typical MEININGER Hotel according by spring 2021. On a gross floor area of 36,049 square-feet, the result will be a state-of-the-art accommodation with 87 rooms and 277 beds spread over six floors, a lobby, reception, guest kitchen, bar, lounge, game zone as well as a breakfast area and luggage room”.
CEO of MEININGER Hotels, Hannes Spanring, added: “Together with openings planned for this year in Paris and Lyon, as well as next year in Washington DC, which will mark the respective market entries in France and the US, Liverpool is an important milestone in MEININGER Hotels’ goal to operate approximately 34,000 beds internationally by 2024”.
“There is no doubt that the UK capital is very popular with visitors, and we had a 94 per cent occupancy rate last year at our Hyde Park hotel. But the UK is very rich in attractive destinations with enormous development potential elsewhere too”.
“In Liverpool, the figures for overnight stays and hotel offerings have shown a sustained upward trend in recent years, and the forecasts are also very positive,” Spanring continues. “The current range of rooms consists mainly of four-star and budget hotels; hostels account for only one per cent of all accommodation in Liverpool to date. Our goal is to become the UK market leader in this segment with our unique hybrid hotel concept, which combines the service and comfort of international budget hotels with the exceptional amenities and flexible room structure of hostels”.
A MEININGER Hotel Manchester is also underway, and expected to open at the end of 2021.
MEININGER currently operates 29 hybrid hotels in Europe, with close to 4,500 rooms and almost 16,000 beds across 17 cities.