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Hampton by Hilton to open first Scottish hotel in 2014

As the Scottish hospitality industry readies itself for an unforgettable year of tourism, Hilton Worldwide today provided further cause for optimism in unveiling plans to open the country’s debut Hampton by Hilton hotel in Glasgow’s city centre this summer.  The property joins the growing European portfolio of Hilton Worldwide’s global brand of over 1,900 mid-priced hotels. 

Under a franchise agreement with SCOT Sheridan and Curo West Campbell LLP, £11million has been invested in the redevelopment of a former office block on West Campbell Street, a short walk from Glasgow Central Rail Station.  The building will undergo an extensive renovation, converting the structure into an 88 guest room hotel with additional features including a 24 hour fitness centre.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, “Hilton Worldwide has a strong presence in Glasgow, led by our flagship Hilton Glasgow which last year celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Visitor numbers to the city are expected to grow by up to one million a year until 2016 so the time is right to go on to expand our portfolio here.  Having successfully opened Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre two years ago we are delighted to be providing further choice for guests seeking affordable, quality, centrally located accommodation with our debut Hampton by Hilton.”

As a destination, Glasgow benefits from a strong mix of business and leisure visitors, enjoying a position as one of the UK’s foremost conferencing and retail venues.  The city is home to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, along with a range of world class sports stadiums and the recently opened Hydro Arena.  All of these factors are driving increased demand for accommodation in the city as facilities are revamped ahead of next summer’s Commonwealth Games. 

Phil Cordell, global head, Hampton by Hilton, said, “The eyes of the world will be on Scotland in 2014 as it hosts both the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.  As a result there can be no better time for us to introduce our own gold medal-winning brand to the country.  With Glasgow City Council investing over £1.3bn in transport links and infrastructure over the last 12 months, the city is set to enjoy particular benefit from hosting the games.  This makes it a perfect location for us to get out of the starting blocks in Scotland with a bang.” 

Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central will offer the brand’s full range of signature services.  These include free high speed internet access, a daily hot breakfast included in the room rate and a round the clock snack bar.  Guestrooms will be equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed®, contemporary bathrooms, 32-inch TVs and secure safes as standard.  Every stay is underpinned by Hampton’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee – whereby if a guest is not satisfied with their stay, they do not have to pay.

David MacLachlan, Director, SCOT Sheridan said: “We are delighted that our extensive commercial property expertise and experience with the Business Premises Renovation Allowance scheme is helping to transform an empty office building into a stunning new home for one of the world’s leading hospitality brands, creating much-needed jobs and helping to attract visitors to Scotland’s largest city.

Tim Wheeldon, managing director, Zeal Projects Limited said: “The development of Hampton by Hilton hotels in the UK is rapidly gathering pace and the brand is proving very successful in bringing elements of both quality & design to the increasingly competitive “economy” hotel market. We are delighted to be appointed by our client SCOT Sheridan to manage the design & construction of the first Hampton by Hilton in Scotland, particularly with the focus being on Glasgow for 2014.”

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