Olympic hype inspired Weymouth boutique hotel venture


A hotelier was so inspired when visiting Weymouth during the Olympics in 2012, that it spurred her to purchase her own hotel in the area, it has emerged.

Gail Franks enjoyed her visit to the seaside town two years ago so much that she decided for search for a property there to meet her vision.

This June saw the launch of the No.98 Boutique Hotel after 12 months hard work by Franks and her team.

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The new boutique offers nine bedrooms and has been designed with a Mediterranean style in mind.

The hotel held a soft opening six months ago, and despite only officially launching this month, it has already scooped a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Speaking to the Dorset Echo, Franks said: “The first time I came to Weymouth I fell in love with it. After seeing all the exposure on the TV from the 2012 Olympics, I just knew that was the place I wanted for my hotel.

“So back in 2013 I began to search for that special property on the seafront that would accommodate what I wanted to do.”

She added: “I am so excited about this first summer season at the hotel. We have put a lot of time, money and hard work into getting the feel, look and atmosphere just right. I try and source locally where possible and employ a team of local people.”