Thistle Kensington Gardens Gets New General Manager

In London, Thistle Hotels has announced the appointment of Paul Knightley as general manager of the Thistle Kensington Gardens. Already an established GM 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 more than 10 years and progressed through several roles in the business, starting as a trainee in the finance department. 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 enhancement includes all of the hotel’s public rooms — the entrance, restaurant, bar and reception — and its 175 bedrooms. The project is already 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.

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