Cheltenham day spa floats idea for boutique hotel conversion

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A day spa in Cheltenham could be transformed into a boutique hotel if a planning application submitted by its owners gets the green light.

The proposal to convert Chapel Spa into a new 12-bedroom hotel states it would be ‘considered to be the most appropriate function for the building’ which is ‘no longer commercially viable’ in its current format.

The change of use application would see the construction of the new bedrooms across two floors, resulting in the development of an entirely new level being added to the Grade-II listed building.

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The spa will remain the same, with the current gym facility converted into four treatment rooms.

Chapel Spa originally opened in 2002.

Speaking to Gloucester Live, Mina Louka, managing director of Chapel Spa, said: “The application for planning permission seeks to enhance and prepare the building for the next hundred years, so that Chapel Spa can continue to serve Cheltenham and the surrounding area for many years to come as a day spa with rooms, and it will increase employment by 16 members of staff.

“The enhancement will cost around £500,000 and it will be a great asset to this part of Cheltenham Town Centre.”

The planning application says: “The existing use of the building as a spa is no longer commercially viable, and the proposed use as a hotel is considered to be the most appropriate function for the building, allowing the existing lower ground floor spa facilities to remain as both a day spa, and also ancillary to and complementing its hotel.”

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