The Starboard Hotel Group picked up five awards from three industry ceremonies in December, including InterContinental Hotel Group's prestigious Torchbearer Award, Wyndham Hotel Group's Days Inn Hotel of the Year and British Youth Travel Awards' Rising Star. Read More

Starboard Hotels enters management agreement with Quintain
Starboard Hotels have entered into a management agreement with IQ, the student accommodation division of Quintain Estates and Development Plc. The agreement relates to the Grove Street property in Edinburgh which Starboard operate for the summer months as a commercial operation on behalf of IQ. The summer of 2011 was the first year of operation and it went very smoothly with sales ahead of forecast. Planning for summer 2012 is well progressed.

Starboard Hotels London property success
Starboard Hotels successfully acquired Swinton House, Gray's Inn Road during 2011. This 50,000 sqft former office building was acquired subject to planning. Starboard worked through the summer of 2011 with Camden Council and successfully secure the change of use consent for both hotel use and back-packer hostel use (as a sui generis use). Starboard Hotels chose to sell the building on, having secured the planning and are seeking new opportunities in London to bring forward hostel or hotel developments.

Starboard Hotels secure planning consent for back-packer hostel and bar operation in Liverpool
Starboard Hotels have successfully secured planning permission from Liverpool City Council to develop Kansas Buildings as a back-packer hostel and bar operation. The former clothing retail store is in the heart of Liverpool's Cavern Quarter and is being brought to the market as a BPRA qualifying project.

May 2010 - Bar 50
The refurbishment and update of the newly named Bar 50 in Smart City Hostels Edinburgh has been completed.

With the introduction of a full service license, new menus and new drinks throughout it has become a thriving area for the Hostel particularly during the busy summer months.

To add to these achievements, Bar 50 has been chosen as live fringe festival for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival in partnership with PBH’s Free Fringe ( showing a wide selection of comedy and music events.

March 2010- Burnley Introduce Hot Breakfast
The Holiday Inn Express Burnley have successfully launched the new ‘Express’ style hot breakfast offering, allowing guests to choose from a selection of hot food in the mornings to go with the already popular continental breakfast choices.

Feb 2010 - SCH Wins Third Best Hostel
Smart City Hostels has recently been awarded the 3rd Best Large Hostel in the World at the annual ‘Hoscars’ Ceremony in Dublin. The prestigious award was voted for by over 1,000,000 Users of

Feb 2010 - Burnley Get a Visit from Royalty
Starboard Hotels have recently attended a dinner in honour of HRH the Prince of Wales during his recent visit to the town.

Jan 2010 - Days Inn Wetherby Greets New GM
Starboard Hotels are pleased to welcome Mike Coe as the new General Manager of the Days Inn Wetherby.

Sept 2009 1st Year Anniversary

Holiday Inn Express, Burnley M65 Jct 10, celebrated the first year of trading on 4th September 2009. Click here for more information.

July 2009 - ISO 9001

Starboard Hotels were delighted to achieve a high standard pass of the annual external audit on 29th July 2009. The team at Starboard Hotels will continue to work within ISO 9001 objectives for the coming year maintaining the high standard of working practice.

Monday 22 June ,2009 - Wetherby Opening

Starboard Hotels proudly opened the new Days Inn Wetherby to the public. This project came in under budget and ahead of schedule and is a superb example of how good the Days Inn brand can  be.

The 129 bedroom hotel has an air conditioned meeting room and state of the art facilities throughout to ensure both business and leisure guests have a comfortable experience at the hotel.

Business on the books is strong and the trading outlook very positive. Click here for the offical opening press release.

August 2009 - Smart City Hostels-Edinburgh

Smart City Hostels-Edinburgh is posting record sales performances over the past 6 months as the management team successful drive the sales strategies implemented since Starboard Hotels took over the property in January 2009

The guest experience at this superbly located licensed hostel is second to none and the team are optimistic of continued strong sales performance built on this strong foundation.

June 2009 - Holiday Inn Express-Burnley

Congratulations to Kim Eivind Krohn and the Team at Holiday Inn Express, Burnley who achieved nomination status at the recent Burnley Business and Innovation Awards Dinner held at Townley Hall in Burnley.

The Hotel Team were shortlisted for the Burnley Business and Innovation Awards 2009 and narrowly missed out on lifting the title but put in a creditable entry.

Holiday Inn Express Burnley are proud to be the third hotel for the premiership side Burnley FC and excited about the 2009/2010 session ahead. The FC have signed up with IHG’s affiliate programme strengthens the link between the FC and the hotel. Congratulations to Burnley FC and Good Luck for 2009/10 Season.

26 April, 2009 - London Marathon 2009

Paul is thrilled to announce that he finished the London Marathon in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 54 seconds, having run the whole distance. Paul commented “Sadly – along with Gordon Ramsey - I did not come within my planned time of 4 hours, the heat and the slower runners put pay to that attempt but it leaves me something to achieve on a future occasion”.

To date, including Gift Aid, Paul has raised well in excess of £12,000 from over 150 sponsors for the MSRC Charity. Paul commented “MSRC is a wonderful charity and many people benefit from their work. The support given by the charity and their army of helpers on Sunday was wonderful and they deserve every penny they can get for their effort during this event and their year round work”.

Watch out for news of Paul’s next challenge…

Tuesday 08 january,2009 - Starboard are managing Smart City Hostels Edinburgh

Starboard Hotels are pleased to announce the addition of Smart City Hostels, Edinburgh to their portfolio.  Starboard Hotels will be managing this 622 bed 5 star hostel under a management contract with the existing owners of the hostel.

The management of the 132 room superbly located hostel is an exciting addition to Starboard’s growing portfolio of activity.  “It is an interesting addition to the Starboard family”, commented Paul Callingham, Managing Director ”Giving the team an opportunity to drive the business with our sound and professional approach in such a fun and growing sector of the hospitality business”.  “The hostel is a superb property and the team, with our help, will make it the number 1 hostel in Edinburgh. To Book a room or for further information please visit

Monday 03 November,2008 - Starboard have been recommended for prestigeous IIP Award

Starboard hotels have been recommended for accreditation with the prestigious IIP award. The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation's performance through its people.

Developed in 1990 by a partnership of leading businesses and national organisations, the Standard helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people. Since it was developed, the Standard has been reviewed every three years to ensure that it remains relevant, accessible and attractive to all. The most recent review was completed in November 2004.

Tuesday 04 September,2008 - Holiday Express Burnley is open now

The Holiday Inn Express Burnley is open now; the first Starboard Hotel has opened its doors to business and leisure customers.  The team have been busy working to put the finishing touches to the first hotel development for over nine years in Burnley offering state of the art, modern, contemporary facilities. 

Holiday Inn Express Burnley is only the fourth Holiday Inn Express with new hallmarks and brand standards.  With 102 bedrooms the Holiday Inn Express Burnley is the town's largest hotel in addition offering four high specification meeting rooms and four accessibility rooms.  Jane Walton, General Manager commented “The Holiday Inn Express Burnley has created great interest amongst local businesses who are all keen to try out the new facilities and commit to using the hotel”. 

Holiday Inn Express Burnley, Great Hotels, Guests Love.

Tuesday 5 August,2008 - Days Inn Wetherby

Starboard Hotels have acquired a 126-bedroom hotel site at the new Motorway Service Area at Junction 46 of the A1 (M) near Wetherby, West Yorkshire and plan to develop the hotel under the Days Inn brand.

The hotel will form part of a new 35-acre motorway services area development (presently under construction) which is part of Moto Hospitality Ltd’s current programme of expansion.

Starboard Hotels plans to develop and operate a substantial and diverse portfolio of franchise hotels in the UK. It has also been granted planning permission for a 200-bedroom Holiday Inn Express in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Proposals have also been submitted for a 202-bedroom Holiday Inn Express in Gateshead.

Paul Callingham, Managing Director of Starboard Hotels, said: “We’ve chosen this site because of its prominent location on the A1 (M). It is also near the Wetherby racecourse and close to York and Harrogate.

“It is another exciting addition to the Starboard Hotels portfolio as we continue to move forward with our plans for high quality, excellent value hotels in carefully chosen locations across the UK.”

Starboard Hotels proudly announce safe return of Lee farmer

The brand new Holiday Inn Express in Burnley by Starboard Hotels is celebrating the safe return of climber Lee Farmer who was sponsored by us to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

Lee summited Everest from the more challenging south side, using five bottles of oxygen on his journey to the top, as the mountain rises to 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) above sea level. His ascent up the north side of the mountain had to be abandoned when the Chinese government closed Tibet during the journey of the Olympic torch to the summit.

“Tibet was off limits to foreigners,” explains Lee. “All of our plans were turned upside down and our dreams collapsed, we thought we would have to give up. Then we were given the opportunity to climb the south face – we were very, very lucky. We turned the negative into a positive.”

March 14 2008-Starboard Hotels and Priority Sites Gateshead scheme to set sail
West Yorkshire-headquartered regeneration specialist, Priority Sites has joined forces with hotels developer Starboard Hotels to deliver an ambitious £18 million development project in Gateshead. The companies announced their collaboration at the international real estate convention, MIPIM in Cannes this week

The proposed Gateshead site, on Hawks Road, is adjacent to the Sage Music Centre and Millennium Bridge, and currently houses old industrial units. Priority Sites plan to develop a high grade 40,000 sq. ft office park, while Starboard Hotels are working with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to secure a franchise agreement to operate a 70,000 sq. ft, 202 bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel. Read More

Friday 07 March 2008 - Proposed Development in Edgbaston
Calthorpe Estates, the property development and investment company, has secured Holiday Inn Express Hotel for their new £100 million retail and leisure development, Edgbaston Mill, in Birmingham. The £14 million investment by Starboard Hotels brings a 200 bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel to the 450,000 sq ft scheme, situated opposite Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The hotel will be owned and operated by Starboard Hotels under a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group.

Managing Director, Paul Callingham said: “Edgbaston Mill is ideal for the Holiday Inn Express brand. It offers an unrivalled location near to some of Birmingham’s major attractions and will boast many quality restaurants and leisure facilities that complement the high quality facilities our hotel will be offering. “It is also easily accessible, being close to some of the main arterial routes in Birmingham, and offers an abundance of car parking spaces for customers. The Holiday Inn Express, Edgbaston, will become the first choice hotel in Birmingham for those seeking a high quality environment, reasonably priced.

Monday 18 February 2008 - Proposed Development in Gateshead
Starboard Hotels are proud to announce the proposed development of a substantial Hotel in Gateshead. Starboard Hotels have secured a site in the heart of Gateshead to develop and operate under a franchise agreement a 202 bedroom Holiday Inn Express, subject to Planning Permission being granted. The site, on Hawks Road, is ideally located adjacent to the Sage Centre and Millennium Bridge in the heart of vibrant Gateshead. Starboard Hotels are working with Priority Sites Limited to secure the planning consent for this mixed office and hotel scheme.

“The Gateshead site is a fantastic addition to Starboard Hotels’ portfolio” comments Paul Callingham, Starboard’s Managing Director. “We have invested a lot of time into finding the ideal solution for this key site and are delighted to be collaborating with Priority Sites Limited to deliver this quality development.”

Should the application prove successful, Starboard are aiming to start construction of this hotel in the last quarter of ’08 with the hotel opening scheduled for early 2010.


September 2007 – Holiday Inn Express, Burnley starts on site. 
Starboard Hotels are pleased to announce that the 102 bedroom Holiday Inn Express in Burnley has started on site.  Contractors, ISG Totty, have a 9 month development programme and are scheduled to complete the hotel at the end of June 2008.  Philip Houghton, Operations Director at Starboard Hotels, commented “this is an exciting phase in the evolution of our company.  Over the coming months the operational team will slot into place and we will be proud to bring such a high quality product to the local community.”

May 2007 - IHG sign Franchise agreement. 
Starboard Hotels are pleased to announce that InterContinental Hotels Group (ISG) have approved the application from Starboard Hotels to develop and operate, under a franchise agreement, a 102 bedroom Holiday Inn Express in Burnley.  The hotel will benefit from an enhanced meeting room offering, with 4 purpose built air conditioned meeting rooms.  The hotel is scheduled to start construction in the autumn of ’07 and open summer ’08.

March 2007 - Starboard Hotels launch at MIPIM. 
Starboard Hotels leadership team of Paul Callingham, Stephen Carter and Philip Houghton were all in attendance at MIPIM in Cannes this week.  The team, based on the motor launch Sans Souci in Cannes Harbour, were entertaining a range of senior representatives from local authorities, national developers, agents and other professional service providers.  The team were outlining their business objectives and putting the Starboard Hotels name firmly in the hotel development and franchising arena.

February 2007 - Burnley Acquisition.
Starboard Hotels secure their first hotel site through the acquisition of a strategic site with planning permission for a hotel and a pub restaurant.  Starboard Hotels will be seeking to enhance the hotel planning permission in order to deliver a highly specified Holiday Inn Express hotel.  On confirming the transaction Paul Callingham, Starboard Hotel’s Managing Director, commented “this strategic site, visible from the M65 and just 1 minute from junction 10 at Burnley, will offer a great alternative to commercial and leisure customers seeking a high quality, good value hotel in the area.” 





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