Southampton’s Grand Harbour Hotel is being re-named the Leonardo Royal as part of Leonardo Hotels UK, the affiliated company of Fattal Hotels.
Leonardo Hotels UK operates 3-star to 4-star superior properties, as well as hotels of a comparable standard.
The group is constantly expanding under the leadership of David Fattal, founder and CEO of Fattal Hotels, as well as of Daniel Roger, managing director of Leonardo Hotels.
David Fattal was born in 1957 in Haifa, Israel and graduated in Management, Sociology and Pedagogy at the University of Haifa. Furthermore, he also studied at the Tadmor School for Hotel Management in Herzliya and took part in several courses of the Cornell University in New York.
His professional career in the hotel industry began at the age of 27 when he was appointed general manager for the prestigious Dan Accadia Hotels in Herzliya. After several managing positions, in 1996 Fattal took over the direction of the Africa Israel Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Africa Israel Investments.
Thanks to Fattal the international Holiday Inn franchise was successfully introduced in the Israeli market.
In 1998 David Fattal started his own business, the Fattal Hotel Management Company and opened the first hotel of the chain, Le Meridien Hotel Eilat.
Daniel Roger studied Hotel Management in Germany and Switzerland. After getting his degree he took over several managing positions for different German hotels. Between 2002 and 2005 Roger was appointed general manager of a hotel chain in the Czech Republic. Since February 2006 he is successfully leading Leonardo Hotels, the European Division of Fattal Hotels.
Leonardo Hotels is one of the leading and fastest-growing hotel chains in Europe. The brand is a recent entrant into the UK hotel market, with nine hotels: six in Scotland; located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Perth, and one in London Heathrow, Southampton and Manchester.
However, it has a significant international presence, with more than 150 properties across several major European cities in Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic.