March towards Hotel La Tour opening

With just over a month to go until Hotel La Tour opens work is moving forward on finishing the hotel ready for opening in March. The £24 million hotel will generate around 100 jobs and has recently secured internationally acclaimed chef Marcus Wareing to advise on the new Aalto restaurant, consulting on food and beverage, menu concepts and recruiting and training kitchen staff,

Alex Penhaligon has also been hired as head chef at the 80-seat eatery, which will serve a modern, innovative take on traditional English dishes, reports Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

The hotel opens at an exciting time for Birmingham with a number of new hotel schemes opening, such as Hotel Indigo in the Cube, or being planned including hotels for a refurbished Auchinleck House at Five Ways, Martineau place on Corporation Street and a refurbishment of the former Grand Hotel on Colmore Row. It also opens to news that Birmingham has reached it's highest occupancy levels in four years with November seeing occupancy reach 74%,

Photos of the new hotel nearing completion are shown below from the 20 February.

As work completes on the new hotel work is also taking place to clear the covering over Albert Street. The pedestrian route and paving was covered to protect it while the new hotel was constructed and this will be removed to re-establish the street with trees and lighting reinstated.

Meanwhile work is due imminently on the demolition of neighbouring Island House with site owners Quintain deciding the cost of refurbishment being prohibitive with it's eventual demolition required for High Speed Two and English Heritage deciding it not being worthy of retention.


I suppose that this is prime real estate when it comes to access to the city, I was hoping that they would offer housing opportunities for students in this general area considering the proximity to aston university.

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