Leonardo Hotels boosts Edinburgh rooms to 445 in Portland deal

Leonardo Hotels’ acquisition of Portland group to take its presence in Edinburgh to 445 bedrooms as it expands Scottish portfolio

Leonardo Hotels has further expanded its UK portfolio by acquiring Portland Hotels in a move which, combined with the Leonardo Royal which was acquired in October last year, takes its presence in Edinburgh to 445 bedrooms.
The group, which is the European division of Israeli-born Fattal Hotels, will now dominate a larger slice of the Scottish hotel market – also gaining a new-found presence in Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen, with the addition of Portland Hotels adding 536 extra bedrooms to its Scottish portfolio. 
The newly-acquired portfolio, which includes Edinburgh City Hotel; Edinburgh Capital; Glasgow Pond Hotel; the Huntingtower Hotel in Perth, and the Speedbird Inn in Aberdeen, will join the Leonardo Hotels family and will be integrated into the wider Leonardo portfolio, which will comprise more than 85 hotels following the acquisition.
Together with Leonardo Hotel London Heathrow Airport, Leonardo’s portfolio in the UK will grow to 1,048 bedrooms.
Kerr Young, of JLL’s Hotels and Hospitality Group, which advised on the deal, said: “Portland Hotels presented an opportunity to acquire quality assets in strategic locations across Scotland and we are delighted to have advised Leonardo on their successful acquisition.”
Daniel Roger, Managing Director of Leonardo Hotels Europe, said: “When we entered the market in the UK two years ago, we made it our goal to further expand our portfolio and strengthen the name recognition of the Leonardo Hotels brand. The purchase of Portland Hotels underscores this. I am convinced that our guests will love and appreciate this expansion of our offerings in key destinations across Scotland.”
Leonardo Hotels are present in Israel and Europe, with more than 120 hotels in over 50 destinations. With more than 80 hotels in more than 40 destinations, Leonardo Hotels has been active on the European market since 2006, established in the 3-4 star superior category as well as equal level.
Currently spanning Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary as well as Italy, the hotel group offers 14,000+ rooms and more than 25,000 m² of conference space.
The Leonardo Hotels umbrella brand encompasses Leonardo Hotels, Leonardo Royal Hotels, Leonardo Boutique Hotels, and NYX Hotels brands.
The group was advised by JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group and West Ridge Asset Management, French Duncan and DLA Piper. Brodies represented the exiting shareholders.