Former England boss Terry Venables says he has no regrets about swapping football management for the hospitality industry after opening his own boutique hotel.
Venables and his wife Yvette recently launched their own boutique property called La Escondida, and they have been over-run with bookings from guests wanting to stay at the mountainous retreat north of Alicante.
The 10-bed property was formerly a hunting lodge with 100 years of history and boasts stunning views across the surrounding valleys. They have furbished it with luxurious interiors that help make the boutique “intimate, cosy and unforgettable”.
Venables told Boutique Hotelier that he is delighted with how things have been going, but said it was impossible to get complacent.
“You are constantly thinking about how you can improve things,” he said. “In any business you can’t stand still, you have got to be looking to move forward otherwise you won’t get to where you want to be. It’s like with any sort of service to the public — there is an expectation, but that’s fine because people should have expectations. It is hard work and they are long days, but the hospitality business is all about long days because you are literally open 24 hours a day.”
Read the full interview in the April issue of Boutique Hotelier.