Sunborn to manage London superyacht hotel

Sunborn, a Finnish property group, is set to take over management of the Sunborn London superyacht hotel, which was previously operated by Danish facility services company ISS.

Sunborn will assume full management of the site from 1 March, 2021. The UK hospitality arm of ISS previously ran the hotel for over 15 years through a long-standing relationship with Sunborn.

As part of its ongoing development and growth plans, Sunborn announced it will invest further in the London location and the yacht hotel concept.

It claims that the Newham area, where the hotel is situated, is in the midst of “tremendous growth”, developing and changing with thousands of new homes, the Cross Rail, and the potential expansion of the Excel Centre.

The borough is reportedly well placed to “take much of London’s eastward growth”, and by 2025 it is estimated that £22bn will have been invested in the area. 

On 4 February, 2021, Newham’s council for strategic development committee granted approval for planning for the new Sunborn yacht hotel at Royal Victoria Square, which will replace the existing yacht, and reportedly “become the most environmentally friendly hotel in London”.

All Sunborn London employees will be transferred under TUPE law and will be joining an international family business.

Marc Skvorc, chief operating officer of Sunborn Yacht Hotels, said: “We believe in our London location and as travel returns we are ready to welcome guests looking for that special weekend getaway or business meeting destination.

“We’d like to thank ISS for their input and hard work over the last 15 years, as we enter a new era in which the London hotel operations now come into the Sunborn Yacht Hotel family. With two market leading hotels, the future is bright when we can push past the pandemic.”

He added: “We are developing a new property for the London site with nearly 100 more rooms and state of the art ecological technology. In addition, we are developing new yacht hotels for exciting destinations in North America, including New York City and Miami, and other destinations in Europe.”

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