OakNorth Bank completes £1.1m loan to entrepreneur brothers for launch of a new boutique hotel brand – starting with a 22-bedroom hotel in Edinburgh

  • Founded by Mike and Ross Baxter, BXTR launched in August 2014 with a 46- bedroom hostel in Edinburgh, followed by the opening of the 105-bed-roomed Kip Hotel in East London;
  • With this finance from OakNorth Bank, the brothers have launched a new boutique hotel brand – House of Gods – starting with a 22-bedroom, four-star hotel in Edinburgh which will include a 40-cocktail bar;
  • They will also use the finance to develop the Cowgate Market a 70-cover late night Hawker style bar and restaurant adjacent to the hotel which will specialise in Cocktails, late night food, live music and DJ’s;
  • Mike and Ross hope to launch four more House of Gods hotels by 2022 with between 20-50 rooms per hotel.

OakNorth Bank
– the UK bank powered by OakNorth, has provided a £1.1m facility to BXTR Ltd, the boutique accommodation business founded in 2014 by brothers Mike and Ross Baxter. The finance will be used to launch a new boutique hotel brand – House of Gods – which they hope to grow to five sites over the next three years.

The brothers will start with a new 22-bedroom four-star boutique hotel in Edinburgh – a city they know well given it is the home of their first project: the 46-bedroom Baxter Hostel. The new hotel will be located only 200 yards away from the city’s Royal Mile and close to Waverly train station. Aimed at tourists and those working in the tech and start-up sector, the hotel will also offer a 40-cover cocktail bar inspired by Rock n’ Rolls bohemian past, with a cocktail menu that rekindles fables of the most infamous hotel hedonism and debauchery. Adjacent to this, the brothers will be developing the Cowgate Market a 70 cover Hawker style Restaurant & Bar which will specialise in cocktails, late night food, live music and DJ’s.

Founded by experienced hoteliers and brothers Mike and Ross Baxter, BXTR launched in August 2014 with a 46-bedroom hostel in Edinburgh. Following the success of this first site, the brothers launched a 105-bedroom Kip Hotel in East London. Both venues continue to see above-market occupancy rates which is why Mike and Ross have decided to launch a new brand, which they hope to grow to several sites by 2022.

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