UK: European investment company Covivio has selected RBH Hospitality Management to operate three high-end hotels in York, Surrey and Leeds.
From 1 October 2022, RBH will manage The Principal York, Wotton House in Surrey, and The Met Hotel Leeds. Covivio owns all three properties and the agreement will add 402 bedrooms to RBH’s portfolio.
Chief technical officer at RBH, Gregor MacNaughton, will oversee the full refurbishment of The Met Hotel Leeds.
David Hart, CEO of RBH Hospitality Management, said: “This marks one of the most significant achievements in RBH’s growth in recent years. Developing a new partnership with Covivio Hotels, given their unparalleled reputation both here in the UK and across Europe, will be instrumental in our plan to disrupt the luxury market and we see significant further growth potential with Covivio Hotels over the coming years. Overcoming our competition to manage these three properties is testament to the extraordinary experience, track record and enthusiasm of our team and we can’t wait to get going.”
Tugdual Millet, CEO of Covivio Hotels, said: “This new partnership with RBH to directly manage three of our top upscale hotels in the UK is a demonstration of our flexibility to lease or operate hotels in order to maximise performance and value relying on a solid hotel operator. RBH’s expertise and knowledge of the UK market as well as our common values around hospitality led us to enter this partnership.”
The signing of the three properties follow the openings of The Westin London City and The Gantry London, Curio Collection by Hilton, both of which RBH manage. In total, the group’s portfolio comprises more than 45 hotels from across the economy to luxury segments.