Accor set to open two Leicester hotels in early 2020

Two new Accor-branded hotels, Novotel hotel and Adagio aparthotel is set to open in Leicester in early 2020, creating over 60 jobs.

The two connected, fully serviced hotels, that will offer independent restaurant NineB, are part of the £50m the Great Central Square development opposite the Highcross shopping centre. The scheme will also have offices and a bowling complex.

Ten senior staff members, who together have over 245 years’ combined experience, have already been appointed by the brand to work across the project and manage a team of front and back of house employees.

James Conaghan will oversee operations across both establishments and act as general manager of the two hotels. He said, “We’re incredibly proud of the team that we have put together, each person brings a unique skill set and a wealth of experience so we have no doubt that they will thrive within their roles and help the development to do the same.”

Nikki Wilson, director of sales, will manage and attain business bookings for both hotels.

Judit Ruiz has been appointed as operations manager at Adagio, and Manpreet Singh will be in charge of operations at the Novotel.

Aman Sirpal will take the front of house manager role, while Manish Sharma will oversee the hotels’ independent restaurant NineB as food and beverage manager, which will have a workforce of more than 10 catering staff.

The hotels will be recruiting for a conference and events supervisor and two night porters, as well as room, conference and events reservation agents, whilst the restaurant is looking for chefs, supervisors, two kitchen porters and food and beverage attendants.

Conaghan added, “We are still very much on the lookout for people to join our team. I think it’s important that we are able to create these jobs and invest in the skills and expertise of the people of Leicester. We currently have an incredibly strong set of staff and we are excited to see that grow and expand as the hotels and restaurant launch in the new year.”

The housekeeping services will be outsourced to a team of over 20 local people who will work alongside maintenance manager John Fletcher.