Coventry close to first boutique hotel

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 A new 15-bedroom boutique hotel has been proposed by The Establishment Bar & Grill in Coventry as part of its plan to increase revenue and maintain its historic premises.

County Hall Properties Ltd has submitted a planning application for the city centre’s first boutique hotel, to be situated at the 18th century former court building in Bayley Lane, to the city council.

As reported by the Coventry Telegraph, the planned hotel will provide the additional income required to ensure the future success of the development, create employment opportunities and provide Coventry city centre with much-needed additional hotel accommodation.

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The plans include converting a vacant function room on the ground floor into a wheelchair accessible twin bedroom while the currently unused first and second-floor office space will house an additional 14 bedrooms comprising two suites, two one-bed and ten double/twin rooms.

During the proposed building works care will be taken to maintain the fabric of the building as was the case during the previous restoration work which saw original padlocks, keys, transcripts and judges notes uncovered and displayed on the walls.

The Establishment Bar & Grill incorporated many of the building’s original features restoring the judge’s oak seat, opening up the dock and viewing gallery, and transforming the cells into a dining area.

The County Hall, which is thought to be Coventry’s most haunted building, housed the city’s courts from 1783 until the mid 80’s. The land next to the building was used as a jail, with the Prison Governor’s House still attached to the County Court building on the corner of Pepper Lane

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