M&T’s latest additions and renovations

31st December 2021

Michels & Taylor hotel Management Group completes major renovations and rebranding of the DoubleTree Stoke-on-Trent formerly known as the Best Western Plus Moat House Hotel, followed by the DoubleTree Hilton London Elstree, formerly the Holiday Inn London Elstree, located near Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio and near the North M25. The lockdown refurbishment project also includes the upgraded DoubleTree by Hilton St. Anne’s Manor, set within 25 acres of beautiful woodland, situated between Bracknell and Wokingham.


One of Stoke on Trent’s most popular hotel is up and running after a £6.5 million refurbishment. The DoubleTree by Hilton Stoke on Trent situated on Festival Park major renovation took place during the UK’s national lockdown and there are a few more projects still on the agenda in the upcoming year.  With much to see and do within the hotel itself, the amazing Josiah’s Bar and Restaurant boasts international European cuisine as well as modern, flexible co-working spaces.  The hotel also adjoins the historical state of the art Etruria Hall, formerly the home of Josiah Wedgwood. The historical state-of-the-art conference and events centre Etruria Hall overlooks beautiful, landscaped gardens and is perfect for business meetings to big white weddings. There are many local attractions to visit, including the World of Wedgwood Pottery Museum, Trentham Monkey Forest, Alton Towers and Waterworld.


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General Manager Clare Furnell-King at DoubleTree by Hilton Stoke on Trent said, “To watch the transformation of the building has been absolutely amazing. To say we are all really pleased with the refurbishment would be an understatement.  The hotel is looking great and that coupled with the transition to Hilton has made us all very proud to be part of the team.”


Following the recent additions of the Hampton by Hilton Waterloo (297 keys), the Doubletree by Hilton York (143 keys) and the East London Hotel, Bethnal Green (161 keys) in the last few weeks, The Welcombe Hotel is the latest hotel added to the M&T portfolio that has come through its operating partnership with the hotel investment vehicle, Conquer Dawn. The hotel was acquired from Vivion Hotels and is the third asset in as many months to be acquired by Conquer Dawn.


The Welcombe Hotel, a well-known Golf and Spa hotel located in Stratford upon Avon, has 91 bedrooms and is a Grade II listed building. It boasts character and original features in landscaped grounds, making it a popular choice for leisure and events guests. The intention is to significantly invest in the property and reposition it as one of the best golf and spa hotels in its market.



Richard Kwiecien, Operations Director, M&T Hotel Management commented to say, “We are delighted that Conquer Dawn has secured another great asset for its portfolio. The Welcombe is such a lovely hotel and with the investment plans M&T has developed with the investors, it will become a truly iconic hotel in the UK country house market.  

 We have a number of hotels in the pipeline and will continue to build on these initial acquisitions over the coming months to create a quality portfolio of hotel assets across the UK and Europe.”

M&T have great plans for the recently added hotels to their portfolio, including the Welcombe hotel; watch this space.


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