EXCLUSIVE: New Southend boutique hotel to kick start UK-wide expansion for hospitality newcomers

Seven Hotel

The launch of a new Southend boutique hotel in September will kick start the roll out of a new brand of properties across the UK for a family-owned business new to the hospitality industry.

Seven Hotel in Southend is due to open in September following a 16-month transformation project that has seen a former nursing home converted into a 37-bed boutique hotel.

The project is being headed up by owners Javed Rashid, and his son-in-laws Omar Rahimi and Sadiq Chikte, who told BH that the new hotel will become the flagship for the new brand, with the aim of opening three hotels within five years.

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The building in Southend, on Clifton Terrace right on the seafront, was formerly a nursing home for the last six years, as Chikte explained that the original idea to turn the property into flats was canned after they realised a hotel would be ‘more exciting’.

Now work is well underway on the new project, headed up by local suppliers and construction company GMD Limited, alongside Appleby Architects and award-winning interior designer Adam Tibbatts

The hotel will be spread across four floors, with the fourth floor being home to five top tier suites, and 15-16 bedrooms seafront facing. All furniture has been made bespoke, with inspiration coming from the hotel and hospitality scenes in Dubai and London.

Seven Hotel will also be home to a new steak and seafood brasserie – which is yet to be named – with small sharing plates and signature dishes, plus a gin-centric bar towards the front of the building on the ground floor.

Speaking to BH, Chikte said: “We want to make it the best hotel in the whole of Essex, not just Southend, bringing something new to the area in terms of accommodation and the restaurant. Customer service will be key here and getting staff trained right. We are working with big brands in London to train our staff, so they are trained both at the hotel and in London.”

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