City Inn is rebranding as Mint Hotel as it believes the original name does not match the “overall experience” of the brand and that too many people thought it was a budget chain. The Orr family in partnership with Bank of Scotland launched City Inn as a chain of upper mid-market city centre hotels in 1995. The rebranding of the company comes as it ramps up expansion – both at home and abroad. It is currently putting the finishing touches to two new hotels – one with 583 rooms near the Tower of London and a 553-room site in Amsterdam. According to reports the company is also looking at sites in Paris and Rome. David Orr, co-founder, said: “Mint Hotel gives us an instantly memorable identity to embrace the quality and modernity of what we do and reflects the brands sector-leading qualities paving the way for the growth of our business.”

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