A care home in Southend, Essex will be turned into a luxury boutique hotel, after a £2.5m plan to transform the building was given the go ahead.
Work will now begin on turning Raymond House care home in Clifton Terrace into a luxury 37-bedroom hotel, after the owners discovered a gap in the local market for a high-end ‘London style’ boutique hotel in Southend.
Sadiq Chikte is joining up with brother-in-law, Omar Rahimi, and father-in -law Jawed Rashid for the project and hope to have it up and running by late summer next year.
Rashid, who already runs two other properties in the area, says there is a distinct demand for boutique hotels in the area, especially as a lot of tourists from Europe fly into Southend airport.
Their new development will see a complete refurbishment of both the interior and exterior of the 1970’s care home, which is due to close its doors on November 30.
The owners said the work will be carried out by a firm specialising in London hotels, and they hope to start the project in January, after a local contractor is hired.
Speaking to the Echo, Mr Chikte, who specialises in events management and venue consulting, including hotels in the capital, said: “There are a lot of hotels in Southend, but there aren’t enough to keep up with demand, and there is a lack of boutique hotels here.
“We’ll be bringing that London feel of luxury to Southend. Why would tourists go all the way to London when they can stay here?”