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Published: 18 Apr 2018

New Road Hotel opens in former East London textile factory, Northern Ireland's eagerly anticipated Grand Central reveals GM, and Radisson Blu opens fifth Dubai property

Boutique New Road opens in East London

New Road Hotel in Whitechapel, London opened its doors to guests this month.

Situated in the heart of east London, just steps from Whitechapel Station and a short walk from Brick Lane and the City, New Road Hotel has two dedicated meeting rooms, with industrial styling and E-board technology. 

Independently owned, the boutique hotel comprises 80 bedrooms and also features large social spaces, including Marco Pierre White’s English Chophouse restaurant, a cereal bar, and a rooftop terrace.

Formerly a textile factory, each bedroom boasts original exposed brickwork alongside original large windows, allowing natural daylight to flood into the room, giving a sense of space and light that can be rare in central London. 


Meldrum appointed GM of £53million Grand Central Hotel

Hastings Hotels has announced that Stephen Meldrum has been appointed general manager of the new Grand Central Hotel, Belfast.

The £53million Grand Central Hotel will open its doors in Belfast this June. 

With 300 bedrooms and 23-storeys high, the Grand Central Hotel will be Northern Ireland’s largest hotel. It will boast two conference suites, three meeting rooms and the Panorama Lounge for private receptions for up to 100 guests. 

Meldrum joined Hastings Hotels in 2002 as restaurant manager of Ballygally Castle, before working his way up to become the hotel’s General Manager.

He has since held the role of General Manager at the Everglades Hotel, the five-star Culloden Estate & Spa and is currently at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa.

Meldrum is also the incoming president of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Radisson Blu opens fifth hotel in Dubai

Radisson Blu has opened in the Business Bay district of Dubai.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront has 432 rooms and suites, ten meeting rooms and 10,764sqf of events space. 

The five-star hotel is only 15 minutes away from the international airport and situated next to the Metro station. It is walking distance from well-known attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Mall, while the Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) are just five minutes’ drive away. 

Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, the Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “We are very proud and excited to open our fifth Radisson Blu hotel in Dubai, one of the world’s most attractive travel destinations and key regional commerce hub. The tourism sector in Dubai continues to grow and flourish as a result of the Emirate’s remarkable vision in creating a world-class destination for entertainment and culture.”


Article by Mike Fletcher

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