Founded in 1995 with the opening of the Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port/Cheshire Oaks, Centre Island has earned an excellent reputation for the selection of suitable development opportunities, resulting in a portfolio of highly profitable and customer-focused hotels of both freehold and leasehold tenures.
1998 saw the arrival of the first internationally branded hotel to be opened in Liverpool city centre – the Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre.
In 2000 the St Georges Hotel was purchased by Centre Island and after a 7 month extensive refurbishment was re-opened as the Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre.
These two hotel developments by Centre Island are often seen as the start of the regeneration of the hotel market within Liverpool city centre and a key contributor to the campaign that lead to the Capital of Culture Award in 2008.
In 2002 the Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Albert Dock was purchased from the receivers of Premier Hotels which added an additional 135 bedrooms to the group's Liverpool portfolio.
Mid 2002 saw the company's first acquisition outside the North West when it acquired the Holiday Inn Ashford North from the distressed lending arm of a major UK bank. The hotel was disposed of in 2009 as it did not fit with company's long term strategic plan.
As part of a major disposal package Centre island acquired the Holiday Inn Preston in 2004 and Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre in 2005, both from Intercontinental Hotels Group. Both hotels went under refurbishment programmes and in particular the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre opened to critical acclaim in late 2009.
August 2008 saw the opening of the Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre – the first new build for the group since the Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre in 1998.
Trials Hotel Liverpool was purchased by the group and re-opened as 62 Castle Street, a small 20 bedroom hotel with Merchants Bar and Restaurant in July 2008.
Holiday Inn Express Liverpool John Lennon Airport opened in September 2008, but again due to its lack of fit with the on-going group strategy was disposed of in September 2010.
Centre Island continues to look for development opportunities and has several major city centre development sites on-going.
Centre Island conducts its business in a manner that seeks to minimize adverse affects upon the environment and delivers benefits to the staff, guests and local community.