Accor is set to open two new properties in Leicester next month, under its Novotel and Aparthotel Adagio brands.

The adjacent new-build properties are located within the city’s Great Central Square development, opposite Highcross Shopping Centre, and are scheduled to open on January 16, 2020.

The 154-room Novotel Leicester is housed within a ten storey building and features a ground floor bar and restaurant, as well as a gym and five meeting spaces.

Meanwhile the six storey Adagio Aparthotel Leicester will offer 98 studio and one-bedroom apartments, each with full-fitted kitchens.

The mixed use Great Central Square development also comprises office space, and a bowling alley inside the city’s former Great Central Railway station.

The properties will join three existing Accor-branded hotels in Leicester – the Ibis Leicester City, the Ibis Budget Leicester, and the Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel.

Aparthotels Adagio – a joint venture between Accor and the Pierre and Vacances Center Parcs Group – recently outlined plans to quadruple its UK portfolio over the next four years, including the opening of a 136-apartment hotel in London’s Stratford next year, and a 162-apartment property in Glasgow’s Saint Enoch in 2021.

Commenting on the news Karim Malak, CEO Aparthotels Adagio said:

“Adagio Leicester is our fifth property in the UK and our second one centrally located in the Midlands region joining the Adagio in Birmingham.  We are delighted to partner with Interstate on this dual brand site, in the heart of such a great city. Leicester is a vibrant multi-cultural city, steeped in history and heritage and boasts some of the country’s best sports clubs. The perfect new home for Aparthotels Adagio!

“The new aparthotel in Leicester offers modern apartments and innovatively designed public spaces, all created with the guest in mind. Guests are able to enjoy a range of services and experiences including a mini-market, co-working space, relaxation areas and a library of things to customise their apartment and make them feel at home away from home.

“The market for aparthotels in the UK is growing and we are very excited to continue our expansion plans, with other openings scheduled in London and Glasgow over the next couple of years.”