Jonathan Slater, owner of Oddfellows Management Company which operates Oddfellows on the Park Hotel Stockport, has announced his decision to step down from boutique hotel collection, Oddfellows.
He will pass the mantle to hotel management company Bespoke to take over the running of Oddfellows Chester and Oddfellows On The Park.
The investors behind the boutique hotel collection will continue to own the hotels which Bespoke will operate under a management contract. This new arrangement follows Jonathan Slater’s decision to move away from working full-time.
Jonathan (pictured left) has operated the boutique hotel brand for over 4 years following his retirement from his role as managing director at The Chester Grosvenor. He masterminded the transformation of Oddfellows Chester from a 4-roomed restaurant with rooms in a Georgian townhouse to an 18-bedroomed boutique hotel with apartments. In 2017 he launched Oddfellows On The Park Hotel Stockport, a 22-bedroomed hotel restaurant, bar and salon in a Victorian hall on a public park in Greater Manchester.
“Oddfellows are boutique hotels with a distinct personality and it has been a hugely rewarding creative process creating such a unique and interesting brand. I was honoured earlier this year with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Hotel Cateys and it seems a fitting time to make this decision.
“The hospitality industry has been a huge part of my life and I will no doubt enjoy an involvement in it at some level in the future. I will cherish the opportunity to spend more time with my wife, my daughters – one is based in California, my grandchildren and pursue some more rigorous sailing challenges!”
Visitors and guests at the hotel will continue to receive the warm welcome and seamless service they have come to expect from Oddfellows Hotels.
Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels Ltd, said:
“We are delighted to be working with a distinctive and vibrant brand like Oddfellows Hotels. Our team’s priority is to ensure business continues as usual, with guests continuing to enjoy the superb service they have come to expect. They are a pair of truly original boutique hotels, and we aim to celebrate this difference.”