High Speed 1 project spurs boutique hotel in Folkestone to upgrade as more ‘upmarket’ clientele beckons


An historic hotel in Folkestone has completed a renovation project ahead of an expected surge in demand once High Speed 1 rail project opens.

The Burlington Hotel, which has been owned by the Sanguiseppe family for the last 40 years, has undergone an extensive £2m refurbishment since 2015, with the hotel’s £500k bar and restaurant opening last week.

The property has also been awarded four-star status by VisitEngland as a result of the upgrade.

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Daniel Sangiuseppe, director of the business, said that work took a lot longer than anticipated but that they had taken time to ‘not cut corners’.

Sangiuseppe wanted to create a more luxury offering to target an upmarket clientele that was reflective of changes experienced by the town as a whole.

He said the idea was in line with the introduction of HS1 and the Harbour generation, with the hotel, bar and restaurant aiming to attract young Londoners who have moved to the area.

He said: “We decided a couple of years ago to embark on an expansive refurbishment of the hotel to go more upmarket.

“There’s so much demand now, so we felt it was time to do something with this side of town.”


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