“Perfect time” for the opening of the new Inverness hotel to customers

The new lounge is ready to welcome the first hotel guests.

The newest hotel in the Highland capital opens its doors to customers today with operators hoping for an increase in visitors after the pandemic.

The River Ness Hotel at 83-97 Church Street in the historic downtown core features 76 guest rooms, a bistro, bar and gym, and caters to both business and leisure travelers. recreation, and replaces a redundant office building previously occupied by the Ministry of Work and Pensions.

The first individual Radisson hotel in Scotland, the site was developed by Axcel Hospitality – whose portfolio includes the Hilton, Marriott and Accor hotels – with the support of strategic reading advisor Avison Young. The strategic real estate advisor highlighted the expected ‘stay boom’ in the Highlands over the coming months as the city’s newest hotel, the River Ness Hotel, prepares to officially welcome its first guests today, Monday July 5.

The reception of the new River House Hotel.
The reception of the new River House Hotel.

The acquisition and investment in the River Ness Hotel,, was supported by Avison Young, who completed a feasibility study on behalf of Axcel Hospitality.

Ian Derrick, director of Avison Young.
Ian Derrick, director of Avison Young.

Avison Young’s hotel and leisure team manager Ian Derrick expects a prolonged summer vacation boom for the latest addition to Inverness’s hotel offering.

“Inverness has been one of the UK’s best performing hotel markets in recent years,” said Mr Derrick.

“This was driven by the growing tourist profile of the city and the wider Highland region, and reinforced by the limited supply of new hotel developments. The market is also benefiting from strong business demand, providing the city with a good mix of midweek and weekend. tailor-made hotel all year round.

“The River Ness hotel opens at a perfect time to take full advantage of the Highland travel boom this summer.

“After an extremely difficult 18 month period for the industry, the hotel market in Inverness and the wider Highlands region is already seeing an increase in bookings, which we hope will continue until the autumn.”

Axcel Hospitality director Oushan Deeljore added that Inverness was a market the company had been trying to invest in for some time.

“We are confident this will be a great addition to our existing UK hotel portfolio,” he said.

Another hotel group visits the city center

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