Park Plaza Hotels is part of PPHE Hotel Group, a pan-European hospitality company, with a turnover of over GBP 270m. The Group’s primary activities are owning, leasing, developing, operating and franchising full-service upscale, upper upscale and lifestyle hotels.
The Group enjoys an exclusive licence from Carlson Hotels, one of the world’s largest hotel groups, under which it develops and operate Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It owns the art’otel brand, while its controlling ownership interest in the Arena Hospitality Group, one of Croatia’s premier hospitality companies, gives PPHE a strong presence on the Istrian Peninsula.
PPHE Hotel Group’s portfolio of owned, leased, managed and franchised hotels features 39 properties offering 9,000 guest rooms in total. The Group’s development pipeline includes two new art’otels in London, which are expected to add a further 500 rooms in London by 2019.
In South Bank and its immediate vicinity, Park Plaza Hotels operates four distinct hotels: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, Park Plaza County Hall, Park Plaza London Riverbank & Plaza on the River and Park Plaza London Waterloo. The latter was opened in November 2016, on the former site of the Central Information Office on Hercules Road, close to Waterloo station.
With its 1,021 bedrooms, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is one of the largest hotels in Europe. It was designed by BUJ architects, Uri Blumenthal architects & Digital Space, on the site of the County Hall Island Block, an annex of London County Hall, that was demolished in 2006. The hotel opened on 1 March 2010 and cost £300 million. It includes a 1,200 square-meter, pillar-free ballroom, 31 meeting rooms, executive lounges, bar and a number of restaurants.
With the addition of Park Plaza London Waterloo to the group, there are now over 2,500 Park Plaza rooms available in South Bank attracting both domestic and overseas visitors to the area. Park Plaza is a key member of South Bank Marketing Group, as well as a significant employer in the area.