Entrepreneurial businessman Sadiq Chikte had the hospitality clucking when he opened Seven Hotel in Southend earlier this year, together with his brother-in-law Omar and his father-in-law Jawed. Fuelled with the desire to bring the style and pizazz of a London boutique to the Essex seaside, Chikte spent two years transforming the former Raymond House care home into a new luxury boutique hotel.
Despite owning the building since 2013, Chikte, armed with a wealth of experience launching various business ventures, realised that a high quality luxury hotel would better suit the market, after a rise in visitors to the seaside spot.
In January 2018, following an investment of £4m, Seven Hotel opened its doors, with Chikte telling the industry to brace for the roll-out of the Seven brand, as he aims to open three hotels within five years.
Seven Hotel on Clifton Terrace in Southend is home to 37 bedrooms, including five fourth-floor suites overlooking the coastline, and 70-cover Aurum restaurant headed up by Simon Webb, who has worked with the Roux family and Michelin-starred Simon Hulstone. Tapping into the trend for gin, the bar features 30 types of different gins and aims to be a hub for the locals as well as a place to go for hotel residents.
Appleby was the principal architect and GMD oversaw construction, while Adam Tibbatts designed the ‘contemporary’ interior of the property, which features iridescent metallic hues with tones of sea green, polished brass and marble.
Speaking at the launch, Chikte told BH: “We want to make it the best hotel in the whole of Essex, not just Southend.”