A well-known Chester hotel has closed its doors, eight years after its star-studded launch, blaming the tough trading conditions it had come up against.
The Commercial Hotel, a Grade-II listed Georgian building in St Peter’s Square, was transformed in 2010 into a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, owned by the gentleman-only Chester City Club, which is located opposite.
In recent times the business had fallen onto hard times and has now officially closed its doors, citing the ‘harder financial’ environment for the closure of The Commercial Hotel.
John Locke, one of the original directors and former marketing manager for Manchester’s Comedy Store, posted the following statement on Facebook:
“An important part of my life as well as mine and many others’ story finished today, as we have had to close the business running The Commercial Chester. Very sad for the team who worked hard beside me over the years to try and create something very special.
“We did achieve our aim many times to create something incredibly unique and we achieved ‘special’ and gave joy and memories to thousands over the last eight years. Unfortunately things got harder financially during the last few months and ultimately we have had to close the doors.
“I want to personally thank and send love to all who were a part of this last eight year journey and adventure as friends, colleagues and customers.”
The building was first constructed as part of the Commercial Newsrooms by architect Thomas Harrison, who was also responsible for rebuilding Chester Castle.
Prior to the takeover from The Chester City Club, the business suffered from a fire and a failed attempt to remodel its interiors by a national tavern chain.
The property had been closed for four years when business partners John Locke David Coughlin and Martin Ellis swooped in to convert the building and breathe new life into the business.