Accor to open four new London hotels in October

According to Air & Business Travel News, Novotel and Ibis will open adjacent hotels on Blackfriars Road, south of Blackfriars Bridge and near to the Southwark Underground station.

These properties are ideally located near the recently completed station at Blackfriars, which is the first railway station in London to span the Thames. The station offers direct access for business travellers from the south coming into the Bankside area, as well as tourists looking to explore the vibrant Southbank region.

The new Novotel will have 182 rooms, a restaurant, seven meeting rooms and leisure facilities including a gym, sauna and pool. Meanwhile the Ibis will have nearly 300 rooms.

In addition to these two properties in central London, Accor will also be opening a 128-room Ibis in Shepherd's Bush, situated within easy reach of the massive Westfield shopping centre.

Accor will also be opening a Mercure hotel in Greenwich. It will be situated within the Maurice Drummond House, a former police Section House that won the Royal Institute of British Architects' bronze award in 1946.

The property is being converted for its new purpose and will be located near Deptford Bridge DLR station. Facilities will include free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a gym.

Speaking about these new hotels, Accor's UK and Ireland managing director Thomas Dubaere said: "2012 is an incredibly important year for London. It provides a real opportunity for London to raise its profile as a business centre and tourist destination."

He went on to explain: "As the market leader in Europe and a key business player in the hospitality industry, Accor has treated this important year as a strategic opportunity to boost our presence in the UK's capital by investing in upcoming areas such as Shepherd's Bush, Blackfriars, Whitechapel and King's Cross."

Earlier in the year, Accor re-opened its St Pancras Novotel after significant refurbishment, and opened the first Pullman hotel in the UK.