Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Swithenbank as Hotel Manager at its London flagship hotel, Leonardo Royal London St. Paul’s where he will support GM, Tony Hill, on achieving business goals.

Chris joins the Leonardo Royal property from his role as General Manager of Jurys Inn Cardiff, where he’s been for the past year.

Leonardo Royal London St. Paul’s opened its doors in April this year and is ideally situated in the shadow of the world-famous St. Paul’s Cathedral, perfect for business and leisure guests alike.

Having previously held a number of senior management positions at both branded and privately-run hotels, Chris joined Jurys Inn in 2015 as Deputy General Manager at Jurys Inn Milton Keynes. In February 2017, he was appointed Deputy General Manager at the 362-room Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel and Conference Venue. In this role, Chris oversaw the completion of a £14m refurbishment and along with his team helped deliver a record-breaking revenue year in the hotel’s history.

In 2018, Chris successfully graduated from the Jurys Inn internal training programme, which identifies high potential employees. Honing his skills in finance, marketing, guest perception and more; the qualification is testament to Chris’s managerial skills.

Chris’s move to the capital comes at an exciting time for Leonardo Hotels. His experience will prove incredibly valuable as Leonardo Royal continues as to grow and strengthen its profile in London and throughout the UK. Both Tony and Chris will work to develop the offering of the newly opened property and help drive the high-quality customer service that Leonardo Hotels takes pride in delivering to its guests.

Located in London’s bustling business district, Leonardo Royal London St. Paul’s is home to 23 impressive meeting and conference suites. The event spaces are flexible to suit any occasion and equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and lighting. The Wren & Shakespeare rooms can be combined to host 700 theatre style or 1200 standing the heart of central London.

The hotel’s intimate nightclub venue is available for exclusive hire for private events. There is also a spectacular Sky Bar, complete with a weather-proof conservatory that offers panoramic views of the city and an unrivalled view of the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral that can be hired for private events.

The 460-room property is also home to five on-site bars and restaurants, including Benihana, luxury Rena Spa and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Guests can take advantage of a range of fitness services or take a dip in the stunning 18m swimming pool. For ultimate rest and relaxation, the sauna and steam room are on hand along with a full range of beauty treatments in the new luxury spa, Rena.

Perfectly located, guests at Leonardo Royal London St. Paul’s are close to London attractions, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and more. The hotel is within reach of world-class shopping destinations and is just a short walk from key transport hubs.

Jason Carruthers, Managing Director of Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland says:

“We are really pleased to welcome Chris to his new role in London, and we’re confident that both him and Tony will make a great team. Throughout his time at Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels, Chris has proven he’s a valuable member of our team and we’re confident that he has the skills and expertise needed as we continue to strengthen and grow our presence.”