Two properties within the Aristel Hotels portfolio have left the Best Western consortium to join Classic British Hotels.
The decision was taken to move the 63-bedroom Donnington Manor hotel in Sevenoaks, Kent, and the 53-bedroom Frensham Pond hotel & spa, near Farnham, Surrey, following a multi-million pound investment in the two hotels by the owner Kirit Patel.
Classic British Hotels is a collection of more than 70 independent hotels, primarily in the four-star category. Other hotels to join the sales and marketing body recently include the 215-bedroom Dalmahoy hotel & country club in Edinburgh and the 153-bedroom Shrigley Hall hotel & country club near Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Anup Sarin, operations group director, said: "Classic British Hotels have built an enviable reputation across the UK for their expertise in marketing quality four-star hotels and I am confident both properties will go from strength to strength under their direction and guidance."
Len Louis, chief executive of Classic British Hotels, said: "We will be working in partnership to deliver all the clout of a global hotel brand whilst retaining what is unique about these two quality four star hotels".
Aristel Hotels is also the owner of two other hotels: the 121-bedroom Double Tree by Hilton London Marble Arch and the Chatsworth hotel, Hastings, East Sussex.