Family-run hotel in Southend set to expand after ‘best ever year’


A family-run hotel in Southend has submitted a plan to expand its footprint after its ‘busiest year so far’.

If given the green light, Camelia Hotel, overlooking the sea, would be transformed by expanding its bar and restaurant, and introducing a new entrance, reception area and two-storey extension.

The project would cost around £500,000.

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Speaking to Echo News, Robert Cammidge, 61, managing partner at the hotel said: “We have been increasing business year-on-year and this year has been our busiest so far.

“We have always struggled with space and do a lot of functions so it made sense to expand.

“We want to increase our lounge and bar area to give a more relaxed atmosphere.

“It will cost in the region of half-a-million pounds, so it is quite a significant development for us.”

He also said that the team has increased this year from 10 to 40 staff members.

The development, if approved, will be carried out on stages.

Southend Council is expected to make a decision by November 11.

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