Clayton and the Maldron hotel brands owner Dalata Hotel Group is today officially opening its first hotel in Bristol in the UK after a £50m investment.

The new hotel is the group's 17th hotel in the UK and it currently operates eleven Clayton hotels and six Maldron hotels across the UK.

Dalata continues its expansion in the UK hotel market and the first quarter of 2022 saw the opening of both a Clayton and a Maldron hotel in Manchester and later this year will see the opening of a Clayton hotel in Glasgow.

The hotel group has a further pipeline of new hotel openings across the UK, which includes hotels in London, Brighton, Liverpool and Manchester.

Its current growth plans will see Dalata increase its UK footprint by 65% between the start of 2022 and 2024, bringing its UK room total to over 5,000 rooms.

Adding 80 jobs locally, the new 4-star hotel is close to Bristol's commercial centre and within walking distance of the main shopping and leisure districts.

The hotel has 255 air-conditioned bedrooms, a bar, restaurant, gym, and extensive conference facilities and follows a £50m investment.

Dalata said the decision to refurbish the existing building, rather than demolish and build anew is estimated to have saved 2,084 tonnes of CO2 emissions. These carbon savings are equivalent to the CO2 emitted in powering 264 homes in one year, it added.

Dermot Crowley, CEO of Dalata Hotel Group, said the opening of the Clayton Hotel Bristol City is a further demonstration of the group's ambition to grow its presence in the UK market.

"It is a fabulous property in one of the UK's most popular destination cities. We are confident of the continued recovery in the hospitality sector and look forward to investing in other targeted UK locations throughout 2022 and beyond," he said.

"Our greatest asset continues to be our engaged people, in Ireland, the UK and Germany, and we are proud that we are generating significant new employment in the market," the CEO said.

"This will be the 17th hotel operated by Dalata in the UK, and our pipeline includes hotels in London, Brighton, Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester. This is definitely a time to look forward," he added.

Dalata is Ireland's largest hotel operator, with a growing presence in the UK and continental Europe. Its portfolio comprises 48 predominately four-star hotels with 10,459 rooms and a pipeline of over 1,770 rooms.

It currently has 29 owned hotels, 16 leased hotels and three management contracts.