Accor has added Ibis Budget and Mercure properties to its UK portfolio this week.
The new Ibis Budget Sheffield Centre St Marys Gate had been delayed to Covid-19, but has now become the second hotel under the budget brand in the city.
The property’s 126 rooms feature the brand’s newest Nest design, and there is a ground floor Chill bar and coffee shop, serving items including pizza and deli food, for eat in, take out or in-room dining.
Rates start from £30 – the hotel joins the existing Ibis Budget Sheffield Arena, as well as properties under Accor’s Mercure, Ibis and Novotel brands in the city.
Meanwhile Bournemouth’s Queens Hotel has joined Accor’s Mercure collection, following refurbishment works.
The property was built in 1968 in Art Deco style, and is located within walking distance of the town’s beach and pier.
Features include 109 rooms with 50-inch Smart TVs and free wifi, as well as Green Room restaurant, an all day coffee lounge, a leisure club with heated indoor pool, and three meeting rooms accommodating up to 500 people.
Commenting on the news Karl Goebel, head of operations at Mercure Bournemouth Queens Hotel and Spa, said:
“We are very proud to be joining the global Mercure brand and equally proud to reopen our doors and welcome guests back to the transformed hotel. Within the hotel’s new interior, we have celebrated all that is great with the British seaside a pure nostalgic trip down memory lane – now we invite our guests to create new memories in our hotel.
“Opening now it is important that our guests and teams are reassured that every precaution and protocol has been followed to ensure the hotel can safely welcome guests. The hotel has been certified ‘ALLSAFE’ by independent auditors having followed Accor’s stringent, global ALLSAFE procedures.
“Bournemouth is the home of the staycation and we are delighted to welcome guests as they seek the delights of the British coast after a long lockdown. The coast is spectacular, as is our hotel and we look forward to looking after guests on a much-needed break as they experience something outside of their homes for the first time in months.”