January 2022 overview: London is world’s most active hotel market [Infographic]

by | 01 Jan 2022 | Hotel Openings

Six Senses Crans-Montana

More hotel schemes will open in the UK capital than in any other city across the globe this month, according to the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database.

A total of 284 hotel projects with 54,291 rooms are due to launch in January 2021, our dedicated research team can reveal, with London leading the way when it comes to new development.

The Big Smoke beats the Big Apple

Over the course of January 2021, 11 hotel projects accounting for 1,693 keys will open across London. This puts it out ahead of nearest challenger New York (eight hotels, 1,766 rooms) and fellow UK city Manchester (seven properties, 1,613 keys).

On a country-by-country basis, however, there’s simply no stopping the US, which is eagerly awaiting the arrival of 65 hotels and 11,300 rooms. The UK has to settle for second place in this regard, with a tally of 33 properties and 5,317 keys, followed by China on 22 projects and 6,358 rooms.

Turning our attention to the regional split now, Europe’s back on top with 127 hotels and 20,065 keys, comfortably pushing North America (72 properties, 13,587 rooms) into the runners-up spot. The other entries, in descending order, are Asia (42 hotels, 10,760 keys), the Middle East (17 properties, 4,718 rooms), Africa (17 projects, 3,552 keys) and Latin America (nine hotels, 1,609 rooms).

More than 100 five-star schemes

Of the 284 projects currently being tracked in our database, an impressive 109 schemes (24,790 rooms) are targeting the five-star sector, with high-profile debuts on the way from the likes of Fairmont, Regent and Ritz-Carlton. The remaining 175 hotels (29,501 keys) are focusing on the less exclusive four-star category.

As for the busiest brands, perennial rivals Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International claim all of our top three positions. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is number one courtesy of its remarkable growth spurt (11 projects, 3,234 rooms), while stablemate Hampton by Hilton is second (eight hotels, 1,331 keys) and Marriott Hotels & Resorts is third (seven properties, 1,924 rooms).

Eye-catching openings in Switzerland, Idaho and the Netherlands

With regards to the most exciting debuts being planned for January 2021, we’d first like to draw your attention to Six Senses Crans-Montana. This stunning Swiss project, which is being brought to life by a team that includes AW² and JP Emery & Partners Architecture, will feature ski-in ski-out access in the canton of Valais in the heart of the Alps. There’ll be 47 guestrooms and suites plus 17 Six Senses residential units available to buy, as well as two restaurants, a sun terrace and bar, shops and a 22,000 sq ft spa.

Another ski-in ski-out hotel is preparing to open in the Schweitzer winter sports resort in Idaho. Humbird, a boutique project featuring 31 contemporary rooms alongside a 50-seat restaurant and bar called Crow’s Bench, is being designed by Skylab Architecture with the help of landscape design from Dunn + Kiley.

Last but not least, Motto Rotterdam Blaak in the Netherlands is being developed by White House Development and will be operated by Borealis Hotel Group. Featuring architecture by Buro deRAB and interior design from Hugo Interieurvormgeving, it’ll boast around 110 keys, innovative F&B offerings, a calming in-room colour palette, colourful artwork in public spaces and a showstopping atrium filled with natural light.

Many TOPHOTELNEWS articles draw on exclusive information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. This subscription-based product includes details of thousands of hotel projects around the world, along with the key decision-makers behind them. Please note, our data may differ from records held by other organisations. Generally, the database focuses on four- and five-star schemes of significant scale; tracks projects in either the vision, pre-planning, planning, under-construction, pre-opening or newly opened phase; and covers newbuilds, extensions, refurbishments and conversions.

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