UK: Jonathan Slater, owner of Chester-based Oddfellows Management Company, has announced he is stepping down from running Oddfellows Chester and Oddfellows on The Park.
The management will be passed to Bespoke Hotels under a new contract, while the investors behind the boutique hotel collection will continue to own the hotels.
This new arrangement follows Jonathan Slater’s decision to move away from working full-time after he operated the boutique hotel brand for over four years following his retirement from his role as managing director at The Chester Grosvenor in 2014.
Slater commented: “Oddfellows are boutique hotels with a distinct personality and it has been a hugely rewarding creative process creating such a unique and interesting brand. The hospitality industry has been a huge part of my life and I will no doubt enjoy an involvement in it at some level in the future. I will cherish the opportunity to spend more time with my wife, my daughters – one is based in California, my grandchildren and pursue some more rigorous sailing challenges!”
Robin Sheppard, chairman of Bespoke Hotels Ltd, added: “We are delighted to be working with a distinctive and vibrant brand like Oddfellows Hotels. Our team’s priority is to ensure business continues as usual, with guests continuing to enjoy the superb service they have come to expect. They are a pair of truly original boutique hotels, and we aim to celebrate this difference.”