Four Points launches in UK with Gatwick site

Nine Group has opened the first hotel in the UK under Marriott International’s Four Points brand.

The 131-room Four Points by Sheraton London Gatwick Airport will target local residents as well as travellers, with the inclusion of the Halt and Pull gastropub on the site. The hotel is located only two miles from Gatwick airport, and has its own restaurant, eight event rooms and 200 parking spaces.

The hotel, which opened on 29 March, will take Nine Group to 12 properties in the UK, including properties under the Novotel, Holiday Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, Holiday Inn Express and Radisson Red brands. The group’s pipeline includes the Radisson RED London Greenwich The O2, due to open later this year.

The hotel and Grade II-listed pub have been closed since 2013, when parent company Cordial Hotels went into administration, and had been operated under the Menzies Hotels flag.

Nine Group secured funding from Oaknorth in order to transform the site into a four-star hotel.

Vivek Chadha, managing director and founder of Nine Group, said: “We have enjoyed working with Marriott International, bringing the popular Four Points brand to the UK. The hotel will offer a high-quality experience to travellers using Gatwick Airport for both business and pleasure. Opening during the pandemic and revitalising this historic site illustrates our faith in the long-term prospects of the hospitality sector.”

Anshu Singh, general manager, Four Points by Sheraton London Gatwick Airport, added: “29 March was an important date for Nine Group with the opening of the first Four Points by Sheraton in the UK. Despite the disruptions we are currently facing, the opening of the hotel has given us much hope for a rebound in travel and we look forward to welcoming our guests and meeting clients.

“The Four Points by Sheraton London Gatwick Airport is setting new standards of design in the world of airport hotels and embraces the Four Points brand values: modern design, a relaxed, informal approach and of course the ‘Yes, I Can’ service attitude. It also has a stylish all-day restaurant and bar, offering both traditional and international cuisine, open to both guests and local residents.”

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