Oxford, England independent hotel to convert to a Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn, Abingdon Oxford, UK. Photo credit: Hilton (Hilton has planned to rebrand the former Oxford Abingdon Hotel into a Hilton Garden Inn scheduled to open in late 2018.)

Hilton has planned to rebrand the former Oxford Abingdon Hotel into a Hilton Garden Inn scheduled to open in late 2018, according to a report from Oxford Mail.

The hotel group has signed a franchise agreement with Surrey-based Coldunell subsidiary Abingdon Lodge Hotel to bring the Hilton Garden Inn brand to the Abingdon, Oxford. The Hilton Garden Inn, Abingdon Oxford is undergoing a complete development to increase the guestroom count 100 percent. These additional guestrooms will be part of a new four-story extension, boosting the room inventory at the hotel to 150. The extension will also have a new lounge bar, restaurant, meeting and event facilities and a gym once construction is complete.

“The new Hilton hotel will create new jobs for the town and bring in visitors which is good for traders and the local economy. The planning permission went through months ago, and I’m pleased to see progress I being made,” Mike Badcock, leader of the town council, told Oxford Mail.

Hilton is partnering with M&T Hotel Management to manage the property. The hotel manager operates more than 30 hotels in the UK. “We are very excited to be working with Hilton Garden Inn, bringing the brand to Abingdon,” Peter Hales, MD of M&T Management, told Oxford Mail.

The new hotel will join Hilton’s portfolio of 100 Hilton Garden Inn properties operating or in development across Europe. Meanwhile, it is part of Colundell’s plan to expand its portfolio of five hotels in the UK.

Hilton set plans in August 2017 to open 30 hotels during the next two years across the UK, according to a report from The Telegraph. These include openings new hotels in London and regional cities, including York and Leeds, particularly under the Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. One of these projects is the Lincoln Plaza London in Canary Wharf, which operates under the Curio Collection brand.