Oxford Hotels and Inns News

Monday, 28 July 2008

A Welcome Return to the Loch

National hotel and leisure operator, Oxford Hotels and Inns has appointed Drew Anderson as hotel manager of the Argyll Hotel situated on the shores of Loch Fyne.

Located in the Royal Burgh Inverary, Drew will lead a team of 25 at the 18th century hotel which is one of the finest and most historic hotels on the West Coast of Scotland. He makes a welcome return to the hotel having previously held the position of hotel manager before heading off to pursue other interests. Yet the lure of the Loch was too much and he returned to fill his previous position of hotel manager.

Drew will be managing the day to day running of the 36 bedroom hotel which offers traditional quality accommodation and conferencing facilities in the superb lakeside setting. Drew, who has 20 years experience in the hospitality and leisure industry, says: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to take up the post of hotel manager once again. Working in such a picturesque place as Loch Fyne makes me feel tremendously lucky. The hotel has an excellent and dedicated team of staff and I’m, very pleased to back at the helm.”

Mark Edwards, Managing Director of Oxford Hotels and Inns comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Drew back, his experience both with Oxford Hotels and the hospitality and leisure industry as a whole makes him the perfect choice. I look forward to working with him in developing the Argyll hotel even further.”

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Oxford Hotels & Inns Signs Up To The Meeting Industry Association

Following the launch of its Inspired Meetings and Events service earlier this year, Oxford Hotels & Inns has signed up to the Meeting Industry Association (MIA), the UK and Ireland’s leading professional organisation for the meetings industry.

Twelve hotels within the Oxford Hotels and Inns portfolio currently operate the Inspired Meetings and Events service including Brook Meadow in South Wirral, the Carnoustie Golf Hotel in Angus, the Columba Hotel in Inverness, the Newton Hotel in Nairn, the Tulloch Hotel in Ross-shire, Stonefield Castle in Argyll, Gleddoch Hotel in Renfrewshire, Derwent Manor in Northumberland, Coulsdon Manor in Surrey, St Mellons in Cardiff, Risley Hall in Derbyshire and Craigellachie in Banffshire.

Commenting on the decision to join the MIA, Mark Edwards, Managing Director of Oxford Hotels and Inns said: “The MIA set the standard when it comes to the meetings industry. Having just invested in our own range of dedicated Inspired Meetings and Events destinations, it was important that we affiliated ourselves with an independent organisation that shared our commitment to providing delegates with the highest quality experience, whilst increasing our visibility to potential buyers.

“Our MIA membership and commitment to meet the high standards of their AIM accreditation programme ensures potential buyers that we fully meet with their stringent code of practice in terms of compliance in areas such as health and safety, data protection and trade descriptions. It also underlines our commitment to operate legally, ethically and to the standards of excellence that MIA has established since its founding in 1990.

“We are extremely excited about our association with the MIA and look forward to working with them to grow our business and use their expertise in developing a framework around which we can develop our own operational procedures.”

Monday, 21 July 2008

Columba Hotel Celebrates New Four Star Rating

Management and staff at the historic Columba Hotel on the banks of the River Ness in Inverness are celebrating after the AA awarded the Victorian hotel a ‘four stars’ rating after its annual quality standards inspection.

The hotel which is part of the Oxford Hotels and Inns portfolio joins only a handful of other hotels in the city to reach the four stars standard, and the management and staff are looking forward to welcoming visitors looking for a hotel that offers a greater level of luxury.

Commenting on the new star rating, General Manager Neil Turner said: “We’re all thrilled to have been given four stars and it’s a testament to the hard work that all the staff have put in over the last year.

“The hotel once had a reputation for being a touring venue, but it’s now entering a new era in its 127 year history and we will continue to invest in our collection of facilities and services to ensure we remain at the top of our game and attract an even greater range of guests.

“We’ve made many changes to our offering this year including the opening of our new fine dining venue - Castles Restaurant which features high ceilings and stunning views across the river and towards Inverness Castle; as well as refurbishing our popular Victoria Restaurant in modern vibrant colours and investing in our conferencing facilities which can cater from 4 – 200 delegates.”

The hotel underwent a major refurbishment programme in 2004 with an interior design scheme to complement the Victorian architecture, with a modern twist. The spacious bedrooms feature traditional pieces of furniture with contemporary transitional accessories as well as wireless WiFi broadband internet access.
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