o Plans are in hand for a new, 150-bedroom hotel in Church Street, Liverpool (The Business Desk)
This will be located on the upper floors of the George Henry Lee building, used by John Lewis until they moved to Liverpool One shopping precinct in 2008 and with the ground floor currently occupied by a mix of retailers, including TKMaxx, Rapid Discount and Poundland.
o The 334-bedroom Hotel Russell on London’s Russell Square “needs to sort itself out” according to a recent Daily Mail’s An Inspector Calls feature. This gave the hotel two stars out of five, citing “sloppy service” in the Neptune Restaurant – though “surprisingly good” food – small expensive rooms at £299 each, plus breakfast, a receptionist who knew nothing about parking in the area and “nothing in the way of atmosphere”.
The hotel enjoyed an £85 million refurbishment last year and is, after a spell as a Principal Hotel, now managed by IHG and Covivio, under the Kimpton name, as the Kimpton Fitzroy London.