Chardon Management opens three new hotels

Independent hotel management group Chardon Management has opened three new UK hotels in the past three weeks.

In what could prove to be a boost for hotel recruitment and investment in the sector, the firm has taken under management a four-star hotel Holiday Inn at London Southend Airport, a Holiday Inn Express in Windsor and a Best Western Plus Coniston Hotel & Restaurant in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Chardon Management managing director, Robert Crook, said: "Opening new hotels in this environment is tough and requires the support of investors, banks and where appropriate brands.

"It is really encouraging to see this happening and it underpins our belief that there are some great opportunities for hotel development in the UK."

The full service Holiday Inn at London Southend Airport, owned by The Stobart Group, is the first Holiday Inn to be managed by Chardon.

Features include a rooftop bar and restaurant with capacity for more than 70 customers.

Meanwhile, the new 58-bedroom Holiday Inn Express Windsor is located just ten minutes from the centre of the town, making it a perfect base for tourists, says Chardon.

Finally, the 80-bedroom Western Plus Coniston Hotel in Sittingbourne has recently undergone an extensive redevelopment and has been "transformed into a stylish, modern hotel, with original features and quirky additions, all set to regain its prominent position in the heart of the local community", said the management company.

The new openings bring the number of hotels managed by Chardon to 35, while the company also manages a number of health and fitness clubs across the UK.

Meanwhile, it has also been reported this week that hotel group Whitbread has unveiled to open a new Premier Inn in Witney in Oxfordshire.

The new 57-bedroom hotel will create 30 new hospitality jobs in the area, reported the Oxford Times, providing Whitbread is granted planning permission.

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