Accor will open three M Gallery boutique hotels and renovate six mid-scale Mercure properties in the UK by next year.

The M Gallery hotels will be located in Windsor, Cheltenham and Aberdeen and will join the brand’s only other UK property, the Francis Hotel in Bath.

The flagship Mercure hotels to undergo refurbishment will be Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa, Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa, Oxford Eastgate Hotel, Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel and Spa, Exeter Southgate Hotel and Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel.

The renovations of all six properties will begin this year. They will join the existing flagship Mercure London Bridge.

Thomas Dubaere, managing director of Accor UK & Ireland, said: “With three new elegant hotels in the M Gallery Collection and six flagship hotels for Mercure, we are really proving the strength of our brands in the UK.”

Accor currently has 200 hotels in the UK. It is opening a Sofitel hotel in Dubai tomorrow (see news, March 20).

Graham Smith