Wates Cruise Liner Terminal Hotel
The Cruise Liner Terminal forms part of Liverpool's increasing pipeline

Liverpool and Chester lead booming hotel market

Charlie Schouten

Chester has been named the UK’s most improved hotel market, while Liverpool is the third-strongest performing across the country behind only Edinburgh and Belfast, according to data from Colliers.

The data forms part of Colliers’ Hotel Market Index, which gathers nine key performance indicators for hotel developments across 34 cities in the UK.

According to the consultant, Liverpool’s occupancy rate of 81.8% last year is the fourth-strongest in the UK, behind only London, Edinburgh, and Oxford, while the city placed third behind Edinburgh and Glasgow in terms of the strongest markets for hotel performance in relation to development costs.

Liverpool is also ranked as the top city for revenue per room, with average annual growth of 7.3% over the last four years. The city’s supply is also the fifth highest in the country at 8,731, with a further 878 in the pipeline.

This includes a four-star, 200-bed hotel next to the city’s new cruise liner terminal, which is due to be built by Wates, with work starting later this year.  A hotel is also planned for Paddington Village.

A number of additional hotel proposals have come forward in Liverpool so far in the last three months, including an Epic aparthotel at Gambier Terrace, proposals by YPG to convert the Magistrates Court, and a boutique hotel by Elliot Group at Beetham Plaza.

Manchester has the second-largest hotel pipeline outside London, with 2,210 rooms under development; projects already under way include 3 St Peter’s Square, featuring a Staycity aparthotel and a Motel One, along with two hotels at 55 Portland Street.

Maldron SimpsonHaugh Hotel Manchester February 2019 2

The Maldron Hotel off Manchester’s Oxford Road is set to open in 2021

Others in the pipeline are a 17-storey Maldron Hotel opposite Circle Square designed by architect SimpsonHaugh, and Capital & Centric’s plans for a Leonardo Hotel at Adair Street. Premier Inn also last week signed a pre-let for site at Plot 9a at First Street.

Chester also rose from 11th to fourth in the ranking, beating the likes of London, Glasgow, Cambridge, Brighton, Bath, and Leeds. This has been driven by growth in occupancy levels, along with lower build costs compared to other key locations.

Projects under way in the city include a Hotel Indigo, being delivered by Bowmer & Kirkland. There are also plans for a 109-bedroom EasyHotel on Forest Street.

Julian Troup, head of UK hotels agency at Colliers International, said: “There continues to be high levels of demand for hotel development in the North West of England and throughout the wider Northern Powerhouse area from established global brands and emerging and alternative hotel and hospitality companies.

“The hotel market in the region therefore continues to offer an exciting and rewarding investment user class.”

Craigleith Chester Hotel

Chester’s pipeline includes this EasyHotel on Forest Street

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wow that easy hotel design is truly horrific! Really really remarkably bad.

By manc

If I am correct in my reading of local projects recently announced there are about 17/18 new hotels planned for the centre of Liverpool. Creating about 1,500+ rooms. Great times ahead for the industry and Liverpool.

By Boom boom, book a room

If liverpool wants to truely be an attractive place to visit and do business then the city need to turn its attention to connecting up the rail network to airport and focusing on the emerging markets and trans Atlantic routes with the wide body aircraft that brings in create volumes of people and cargo

By Stuart wood

Liverpool IS a truly attractive place to visit. The numbers speak for themselves! But yes, better connectivity always helps.

By Roscoe

Love the new cruise terminal hotel

By Anonymous