In late 2021, Macdonald Hotels sold Macdonald Manchester and Macdonald Holyrood to Zetland Capital Partners.
Both hotels are now showing on marriott.com as unbranded hotels, but presumably this will change in time. I’m not sure how long they have been bookable.
The Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
The photographs look a little scary to be honest – see above – but a message on the Marriott site says:
Facilities will be limited during Refurbishment. Exciting changes are happening at Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. We are undergoing a fabulous refresh throughout the hotel in the coming months. Every effort has been taken to ensure minimal disruption to your experience at the hotel, with most changes impacting small areas of the hotel at a time.
…. so hopefully something new and fresh will emerge. You can’t beat the location, directly outside Manchester Piccadilly railway station.
The Edinburgh Holyrood Hotel
Macdonald Holyrood is showing on the Marriott website as the Edinburgh Holyrood Hotel – website here.
There is no mention of any upcoming refurbishment on the website, but to be fair – see above – the rooms look a little more modern than Manchester, albeit far from cutting edge. The Superior Rooms are stated as being ‘newly refurbished’.
It is situated near the Scottish Parliament building, which means it is a little out of the way for the core city centre tourist attractions but very convenient for the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You can find out more on marriott.com here.
It will be interesting to see where these end up brand-wise. Holyrood would be a prime candidate for a Delta, whilst the ultimate home for Piccadilly is likely to depend on how much money the new owners are investing in refurbishment.
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