FIRST LOOK: Olga and Alex Polizzi open The Star in Alfriston


Dynamic mother-and-daughter duo, Olga and Alex Polizzi have opened their new hotel, The Star in Alfriston, Sussex.

The Grade-II listed 15th century building has opened as a 30-bedroom hotel, featuring Olga’s Polizzi’s signature design flair, and comprising an all-day casual dining space as well as a more formal restaurant.

In December 2019 Olga Polizzi, the renowned interior designer, hotelier and director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels bought The Star, Alfriston, in East Sussex, with her daughter, Alex Polizzi, the businesswoman and presenter of Channel 5 television show, The Hotel Inspector. 

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Olga Polizzi already owns Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall and Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, while The Star, Alfriston is the first official joint venture for the mother and daughter duo.

The Star will become the third hotel in the Polizzi Collection.

Heading up the team is general manager Edward Johnson, who joins after two years at The Berkeley, where he worked as reception manager.

He also boasts experience at the likes of The Savoy, The Goring and Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel. His appointment marks his first general manager’s role.

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  1. Love your show, hotel inspector?? Any jobs going,, I live in ballycastle, County Antrim Northern Ireland

  2. I have been unable to stay at The Star because of access issues (My mobility is compromised and the hotel had no walk in showers for example). Is that something that you have been able to address?

    1. Keep the dogs and ban badly behaved children trampling food into the floor and parents who can’t control them

  3. Well darlings perhaps having websites that work is a good start , none of “Polizzi” collection websites working all evening this one obviously is which is how we landed here , bit basic really god only knows the grief AP would unload on some poor unfortunate had they had website issues .

  4. Would like to have some clear information about wheelchair accessibility? Would be surprised and disappointed that this is not available in 2021? Would be happy to help with advice and practical assistance. Sometimes a person in a wheelchair is the best advisor ?

  5. So excited to see your beautiful new hotel . I intend to come to stay one day soon. Just brilliant.
    Alex you and your mum are just amazing ladies
    You certainly know how to style a stunning hotel.

    The best of luck for the future.

  6. Such a wonderful hotel, but as with most hotels these days the beds are at least two inches too short. It’s simply not good enough.

  7. I’ m sitting in NZ watching the hotel inspector, and Aiex and Olga new hotel being built. Semi lockdown and COVID.
    Recently had a heart attack but health now fantastic. Admire Alex’s style, panache and high standards. Craving for an overseas holiday and a trip back to the UK. My life philosophy is to support businesses and people who give a sh*t. Olga also has class and values (love the portrait).

    So I’ve decided that when our border open up and COVID is a bit more controlled we are going to come over to the UK and include a stay at the 3 Polizzi hotels (and have another scotch egg at Hester,s Bloomendall’s Hinds Head at Bray.)
    I dislike noisy kids and barking dogs too 1(except my own) .

    I’ll make a few comments..

    Internet moaners are universal. For every complaint you make why not match it with a complement to someone else.
    Good hotels are worth paying for.
    Passionate people make all the difference
    Most Tradespeople know how to frustrate you. When you find one who doesn’t advertise do the minimum of quality to the point.

    Live for today. You might be dead tomorrow.

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