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Interview with Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels
Robin Sheppard is the managing director of Bespoke Hotels, which he founded in 2000 with business partner Haydn Fentum.
The group operates and manages around 40 properties in the UK as well as resorts in the Caribbean and Thailand, along with beapart, a portfolio of apartments in the UK and Spain.
A number of these properties are owned by the company, others are managed by the group.
In 2010, Bespoke
secured the management contract for six hotels formerly run by Merchant Inns, which had gone into administration, adding a collection of historic inns to a portfolio which already included London's Bermondsey Square Hotel and the Cornwall Hotel and Spa Estate.
The variety of properties is impressive but to join the Bespoke
group, locations have to have two common denominators, Sheppard
"As you know, the planning application has been a difficult time," Sheppard
says, referring to hostility to the plans from the local council, who blocked the original scheme before their decision was overturned by a planning inspector.
"It is very important for us that we work with the traders and the people of Greenwich," he
Visitors can expect themes linked to history and seafaring.
"Greenwich is such a beautiful place, there is so much history but as far as I can see it does not have much nightlife."
The new hotel will be right on the edge of a busy market, therefore the noise generated by the hustle and bustle of traders might be a concern.
says all the rooms will be above the market roof.
used voice activated software to recount what happened to him and those around him, from his
days in hospital to getting back to work.
It was described in a reader's review as "a real laugh of a book" and as we talked about his
experience, I found myself chuckling at the way Sheppard described a couple of events which took place during his
seems to be able to find a funny side even to the most gloomy of situations.
The full interview with Robin Sheppard
can be read at boutiquehotels.co.uk [...]