Since late 2020, we are seeing a rise in the number of hotel consultancy firms being launched by experienced hospitality professionals.

The new world imposes new challenges and a great level of flexibility for all of us working in hospitality, including adopting new and often never considered before alternatives as a way to secure jobs and keep businesses afloat.


The latest consultancy company to be born as a result of the pandemic, is NeuSpace, co-founder Anne Schäflein is the former general manager of The Machrie Hotel on Islay, the company aims to re-invent hotels as economically viable, environmentally conscious and socially engaged new businesses that can thrive with or without covid.


NeuSpace was launched by three experienced women in hospitality to help owners, investors, operators and municipalities find alternative uses for vacant hotel properties.


Demand for urban housing has long outweighed supply, while hotel rooms are empty and there is no revenue. The founders of NeuSpace want to provide alternatives and a lifeline to hotels that might be considering a sale or closure as a consequence of covid-19. The basic principle is built on three pillars, which rely on stable value preservation, new housing space and innovative housing concepts, all of which add value to real estate and contribute to the region. 


The founding trio is Margarita Kaske, Barbara Lindermannn and Anne Schäflein, offering in-depth know-how in the field of architecture & design, financing and project planning. They deliver authentic, socially responsible overall solutions that promise profitability, maintain jobs and create new ones.


Public hotel areas such as restaurants, conference rooms, swimming pools and fitness areas can be given a new purpose and bring revenue by providing a physical space and services for social activities and creative enterprises. The focus is on higher utilisation to guarantee job security.


NeuSpace was founded during the pandemic, to overcome its many challenges, the startup offers a sensitive and holistic concept for the preservation of hotels. The concrete goal is to find a sustainable solution for vacant hotel properties, which combines the interests of the investors, the needs of the operator and the social requirements of the region.




Of all three professionals involved in NeuSpace, Anne Schäflein is the hospitality professional with the most experience in the Scottish region. She moved to Scotland from her native Germany in 2002 and continued her career in hospitality at Gleneagles Resort, taking on various roles before becoming the general manager of The Kinnaird Estate. She joined Asia-based hotel group, Swire Hotels, as the General Manager of The Montpellier Chapter in Cheltenham and later became the General Manager at the Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa near Oban. Early in 2018 Anne was appointed General Manager of the Machrie Hotel & Golf Links, the property is part of Campbell GRAY Hotels.  Prior to her new position at The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, she launched and ran Corbie & Cheip, an award-winning delicatessen & wine bar in Auchterarder, Perthshire.


Margarita Kaske has accompanied award-winning hotel projects with her architectural firm Octo GmbH, she specialises in individual design in all construction phases. Barbara Lindermann, brings 30 years of experience in the field of real estate, other areas of financing, asset management, project management and rental concepts.


The new company is based in Germany and is currently working with Scottish properties. 


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