Hilton boosts DoubleTree's UK exposure

DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry, Oxford, United Kingdom. Photo credit: QHotels(Image: Hilton)

DoubleTree by Hilton is set to add five new hotels to its expanding UK portfolio, following the signing of a franchise agreement between real estate investment company Aprirose and Hilton. 

RBH—formerly Redefine|BDL Hotels—will manage the hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Glasgow, Cambourne and Forest Pines (Yorkshire). The hotels will begin operating as DoubleTree properties later this year. 

The first property, the 188-room DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, is in woodland area of Yorkshire and has a 27-hole golf course. The second, the 154-room DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry, is near Oxford’s city center, the university, Bicester Village designer outlet and London and the Midlands via its nearby transport links.

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The 148-room DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort rural resort also has an 18-hole golf course. Meanwhile, the DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry in Cambourne on the outskirts of the university city has 120 guestrooms. Finally, the 102-guestroom DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon in the center of the city is near The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the medieval fortress of Warwick Castle.

“With the addition of these outstanding hotels, DoubleTree by Hilton has grown to more than 50 properties trading or under development across the UK and Ireland. Fundamental to its success has been the diversity of the portfolio. These properties, which range from exclusive landscaped resorts with considerable sporting and spa amenities, to an impressive hotel in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, will further enhance the brand’s offering to business and leisure guests,” Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP of development in EMEA, Hilton, said in a statement. 

“Having recently acquired Hampton by Hilton London Docklands and Hilton Reading, we’re looking forward to growing our Hilton portfolio by converting five hotels under DoubleTree by Hilton. DoubleTree by Hilton represents a mark of quality for discerning travelers, and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Hilton, and exploring future development opportunities in the UK market,” Manish Gudka, CEO of Aprirose, said in a statement.