Malaysia's YTL Hotels acquires hotels in Edinburgh, Berkshire and London

The Academy Hotel in London's West End. (Academy Hotel)

Malaysian-based YTL Hotels has acquired three properties in Edinburgh, Berkshire and London, strengthening the company’s presence in the United Kingdom. Here are the newest additions to the portfolio.

The Glasshouse Hotel is part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. The 77-room boutique hotel—formerly the Lady Glenorchy Church—was built in the mid-19th century and has a two-acre rooftop garden. The 230-year-old property is right in the middle of Edinburgh’s city center.

Monkey Island is a centuries-old retreat in Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire. Located on an island in the River Thames and surrounded by gardens, Monkey Island is accessible only via footbridge or boat. The property will be redesigned by New York-based Champalimaud Design, the company behind the interior design projects for The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Green Leaf Niseko Village, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, among others. The hotel is less than an hour from London, and is expected to capture the wedding and spa-retreat market when it reopens next year.


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The Academy Hotel is made up of five restored Georgian townhouses combined into one property in London’s West End. The boutique hotel will undergo a full refurbishment before reopening.
YTL Hotels’ current portfolio in the United Kingdom includes The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only natural thermal spa within a hotel in the United Kingdom, and Muse Bray Cottages, a collection of three bespoke private residences in Berkshire. These latest acquisitions bring YTL Hotels’ global portfolio up to a total of 29 hotels, resorts and experiences.