Chloe Shakesby

New hotel at Heathrow opens up doors to key workers

A UK hotel management company officially opened its first hotel at Heathrow in two decades.

RBH, an independent hotel management and services company, has today opened ibis budget Heathrow T5, the first phase of the refurbishment and rebrand of the former Travelodge.

After carrying out the capital works and rebrand process on the first part of the 297-bed property, RBH now assumes management of ibis budget Heathrow T5 as it begins welcoming guests.

At the moment, the hotel will provide essential accommodation to key workers throughout the UK’s Covid lockdown.

Mark Dempsie, director of hotel transitions at RBH, commented: “We’re thrilled to open the doors to ibis budget Heathrow T5, which signals our return to the Heathrow market, where we opened our very first hotel in 2000.

“It also marks another successful franchise partnership with Accor, with whom we’ve worked closely over the years, as well as the completion of our fifteenth rebrand, led by our chief technical officer, Gregor MacNaughton.

“We are pleased to be able to welcome guests – with key workers being provided with much-needed accommodation in the first instance – and have no doubt they’ll enjoy first-class service from an experienced team.

“With two further phases of project work to complete on the former Travelodge, we look forward to pressing on and making great progress on behalf of owners, Sidra Capital.”

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