Artist Residence targets Bristol as next hotspot for quirky boutique hotel

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Quirky boutique hotel brand, Artist Residence, has lodged a planning application with Bristol council to transform a building in the city centre into its next swanky hotel venture.

The brand, which currently consists of three hotels in London, Brighton and Cornwall, is bidding to convert a derelict building in Portland Square into a 36-bed boutique hotel complete with bar and restaurant, as part of a wider project to help return the Grade-I listed square in Bristol back to its former glory.

The building was built as a single-use home when Portland Square was first constructed around 1800, but has been since occupied by squatters, who, according to the hotel’s planning application, has vandalised the building’s original features.

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A number of planning applications have been submitted to Bristol City Council over the past 20 years, including numerous applications for a change of use to residential accommodation.

The application said: “The opportunity to bring these vacant buildings back into use, given their significant heritage importance will facilitate a substantial improvement to the area’s built urban form.”

Artist Residence is owned and operated by Justin and Charlotte Salisbury, who opened the first property in Brighton in 2008, followed by Penzance in 2010 and London’s Pimlico in 2014.

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