Celebrating a Grand Arrival: Mr. Johan Scheepers Appointed as General Manager of The Grand Hotel Birmingham

The Grand Hotel Birmingham is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Johan Scheepers as its new General Manager, continuing the celebrated hotel’s rise following a £45 million restoration. 

Grand Hotel Birmingham, opened February 1st, 1879

An iconic Birmingham landmark

In 1875, Isaac Horton and architect Thomson Plevins began constructing a 100-bedroom hotel at the Colmore Row and Church Street intersection. The Grand Hotel Birmingham opened four years later on February 1, 1879, with subsequent extensions, including the Louis XIV-style ballroom, added over the next 15 years.

Throughout the 20th century, The Grand Hotel stood as an iconic Birmingham landmark, synonymous with luxury and civic pride. The hotel temporarily closed in 2002 but made a triumphant return in Summer 2021 following a £45 million restoration and refurbishment of its Grade 2* listed building. Now, The Grand Hotel is a Birmingham institution that beautifully combines 19th-century splendour with a contemporary 21st-century perspective.

New custodian, Johan Scheepers

General Manager, Mr. John Scheepers, Grand Hotel Birmingham

With a reputation for excellence in luxury hotel management, Mr. John Scheepers steps into his role both as a custodian of this landmark grand dame hotel, and also to contribute to the thriving legacy of the vibrant city of Birmingham.

Madeleine Bar, Grand Hotel Birmingham

Mr. Scheepers is no stranger to the world of international hospitality. With a distinguished career that includes General Manager of Hospitality at the prestigious Sun City Resort in South Africa, General Manager of IHG’s Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh and General Manager of IHG’s Kimpton Clocktower in Manchester among others, he brings a wealth of expertise to his new role. Johan’s deep-seated passion for authentic hospitality will further enhance the hotel’s reputation for service and affordable luxury, delivered by an already dedicated and ambitious team. Together, they are determined to elevate The Grand Hotel to new heights and reinforce its reputation as Birmingham’s ultimate corporate and leisure destination.

Grand Suite, Grand Hotel Birmingham

Mr. Scheepers comments: “It’s a privilege to join the team at The Grand Hotel Birmingham and act as guardian of the next stage of its journey. The Grand is a hotel that Birmingham can be proud of and, for me, the key to honouring this is how we play a part in the wider development of our vibrant, multi-cultural city.”

“We are extremely proud of the hotel’s history, too. Our role is to continue to deliver intuitive service to our community, whether that’s for an international guest visiting for the first time, or a Birmingham local dining in one of our restaurants.”

Grand Suite, Grand Hotel Birmingham

James Burrell, The Grand Hotel’s group CEO says:

“The Grand Hotel Birmingham continues to play a leading role in this great city’s development and we are delighted to welcome Johan on board for the next chapter in the hotel’s rich history. Johan’s wealth of luxury experience, proven success leading high performing teams and ambitious vision make him perfectly placed to guide the hotel’s future growth.”


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