Source = voco™ St.John’s, Solihull New hotel brand voco™ opens in the West Midlands, UKNew hotel brand voco™ opens in the West Midlands, UKThe 180-room voco™ St. John’s, Solihull has recently opened under the voco™ brand, offering a distinct, unstuffy and exciting new hotel offering in the upmarket town.The hotel which was previously St John’s Solihull, has benefitted from the voco™ brand’s bold and distinctive design, with deep colours adding depth and warmth to public spaces and a touch of the brand’s charming character to guest rooms. voco™, inspired by the meaning ‘to invite’ or to ‘come together’ in Latin, combines the informality and charm of an individual hotel, with the quality and reassurance of a global and respected brand.Located in the market town of Solihull, consistently voted one of the UK’s best places to live, the hotel is walking distance to the town centre and Solihull Train Station, and just five miles from Birmingham Airport.The hotel’s guest rooms are filled with thoughtful comforts like cosy bedding, luxury Aveda bathroom amenities, and fast Wi-Fi, so guests can indulge in some ‘me time’ when they stay at voco™. Guests and locals can also enjoy a taste of ‘voco™ life’ at the recently refurbished brasserie six5one– whether it’s a quiet morning coffee, catching up with friends over afternoon tea, or kicking off a great evening.voco™ St.John’s, Solihull also features a fully equipped health club including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities, a restaurant and bar, business centre and 13 meeting spaces to cater to a variety of events. From weddings to corporate meetings, these event spaces host up to 700 guests.Solihull is dotted with historic architecture including timber-framed Tudor houses and shops. The leafy borough offers visitors a countryside haven with 1,500 acres of parkland as well as beautiful West Midlands countryside right on the doorstep, making it a great option for travellers looking to get outside of the city.It also has a strong history in automotive manufacturing and is the home of Jaguar Land Rover and boasts The National Motorcycle Museum housing the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world with over 1,000 machines from 171 different manufacturers.voco™ Gold Coast opened the doors as the first voco hotel in the world. Since it opened in November 2018, it has been joined by voco™ St. David’s, Cardiff and now voco™ St. John’s, Solihull, with voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley due to open in March 2019. There are more than ten hotels in the pipeline around the world – in the UK, Dubai, Thailand, The Netherlands, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Cyprus – as well as properties in Melbourne, and Yarra Valley in Australia.To learn more about voco™ and to book direct, visit: www.vocohotels.com.
Go back to the e-newsletter >On Foot Holidays is offering an 8-night trek along Germany’s famous Rhine Gorge in 2016 for 5% less than the 2015 price if booked by 31 October 2015.The aptly named Castles of the Rhine walk offers hikers more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe. The route from Bingen to Koblenz leads through picturesque villages, above the legendary Lorelei Rock and past 20 castles that loom over the Rhine.The hike is of medium difficultly, with 3½ to 6½ hours spent walking each day (depending on the option chosen), and is available from April to end October. The package includes 8 nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts, some picnic lunches, one evening meal and all luggage transfers – meaning hikers simply carry a day pack. If booked before 31 October 2015, the walk can be taken in 2016 for £637 (approx AU$1387 depending on exchange rates), twin share, which is a 5% reduction on 2015’s price. Quote code ‘PMR 16’ when booking to access the discount. Upgrades are also on offer for guests to stay at castles in St Goar and Kamp Bornhofen instead of the included inns. Go back to the e-newsletter >