The Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton is to become the latest Leonardo hotel in the UK, following the acquisition of the property by Fattal Hotel Group.

The group operates 43 hotels in the UK and Ireland under its Jurys Inn and Leonardo brands, while Leonardo manages a further 180 properties across Europe.

Fattal has acquired the 125-year leasehold of the Southampton property for £29 million, and is expected to rebrand the hotel in the coming months.

The 173-room Grand Harbour Hotel is located on the Southampton waterfront and features a Marco Pierre White restaurant, a spa, gym, and 13 meeting and events spaces.

The news follows the group’s recent acquisition of the Midland Hotel in Manchester, which will also be rebranded under the Leonardo portfolio.

In August Fattal announced plans to invest £32 million in an Edinburgh development which will see an existing Jurys Inn hotel expanded, and a new NYX property added on adjacent land.

Commenting on the news Jason Carruthers, Managing Director of Leonardo and Jurys Inn Hotels UK and Ireland, said:

“This is a truly exciting time for the Group as we expand our offering in the UK with this iconic luxury hotel in a key city like Southampton.

“We continue to look to grow and strengthen our portfolio and hotel network, and will pursue further appropriate and commercially attractive new development and acquisition opportunities as they arise.

“We look forward to working together with the employees at the Grand Harbour Hotel to deliver exceptional experiences for our guests and drive the performance of the hotel.”