Thistle Kensington Gardens Appoints New General Manager

By Thistle Hotels, PRNE
Thursday, December 16, 2010

LONDON, December 17, 2010 - Thistle Hotels has announced the appointment of Paul Knightley as general
manager of the four star Thistle Kensington Gardens. Already an established
general manager within the Thistle group, Knightley makes the move from its
Hyde Park property to oversee the multi-million pound refurbishment of
Thistle Kensington Gardens.

Knightley has worked for Thistle for over 10 years and progressed through
several roles in the business, starting as a trainee in the finance
department and working his way up to his current role as general manager. In
this new role, he will be responsible for taking Thistle Kensington Gardens
through its multi-million pound refurbishment and re-launching it to the
London market.

The significant investment will transform the hotel into a relaxing and
stylish base for business and leisure guests. With all deluxe and executive
rooms overlooking Hyde Park, guests can enjoy the luxury of outstanding views
while just being a short distance from London's bustling West End.

The enhancement includes all of the hotel's public rooms - the entrance,
restaurant, bar and reception - and its 175 bedrooms. The project is already
fully underway with the entrance, bar, restaurant and two floors due to be
completed in the first week of December. The remaining floors will be
refurbished throughout the first half of next year with completion expected
in August 2011.

Paul commented: "This is an exciting time for Thistle Kensington Gardens
and I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to oversee the hotel's
transformation into a contemporary base for visitors to London. I'm looking
forward to catapulting the hotel into a new chapter and revealing its new
identity to guests."

Simon Farr, regional operations director, Thistle Hotels, added: "We're
investing significantly in the refurbishment of Thistle Kensington Gardens,
transforming it into a stylish London destination. It is ideally located for
business and leisure travellers wanting to be near to the city centre,
without being deep in the hustle and bustle and this refurbishment will help
firmly position Thistle as a force in London's business and leisure sector,
placing it firmly on the London map."

The refurbishment of Thistle Kensington Gardens is further evidence of
Thistle's ongoing and significant investment in its properties. Since 2008,
Thistle has invested GBP100 million, transforming its entire portfolio into
modernised, individual properties with a contemporary look and feel.

About Thistle:

Thistle Hotels is part of Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited which
operates a number of UK Hotels. (
Thistle has 33 hotels across the country, many in superb city centre
locations, including eleven London Hotels (
which include hotels near Hyde Park, (
Olympic hotels (
and Kensington hotels With a selection of restaurants and a choice of
excellent health and leisure facilities, Thistle has something to offer

Thistle Hotels is the first hotel group to achieve Hospitality Assured
accreditation, across its entire UK portfolio. Created by the Institute of
Hospitality, the Hospitality Assured standard measures the quality within
customer facing businesses across the hospitality, tourism and leisure

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    Kymberley Hill
    Head of Public Relations
    Guoman & Thistle Hotels
    The Grosvenor
    101 Buckingham Palace Road
    SW1W 0SJ

PR contact: Kymberley Hill, Head of Public Relations, Guoman & Thistle Hotels, The Grosvenor, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0SJ, +44(0)20-7868-6322

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