A husband and wife hotelier team have stepped in to open a new hotel in Newport city centre, at a site that was originally earmarked as a Premier Inn before the brand pulled out.
Newport Central Hotel by Hotel 55 opened this week and comprises 62 bedrooms, a bar, café and restaurant. The business is being run by former property entrepreneurs Simon and Jessica Marsh.
The Grade-II listed former Yates wine bar is owned by Castleton-based developer Richard Hayward Properties with planning permission first granted for a hotel in 2012.
An original opening was then pencilled in for 2015.
Premier Inn walked away from the scheme in August 2017, following a dispute over noise between Richard Hayward Properties and the owners of nearby nightclubs.
Speaking to the South Wales Argus, Jessica Marsh said: “This hotel will be a new concept for this area. It will be sort of a hybrid between a hotel and serviced accommodation. It will be very user friendly and we will be using an app for checking in with a QR code which can be used as a key for access to the hotel.”
Richard Hayward Properties, which reportedly spent £1.4m buying the site and clearing asbestos from the Grade II listed building, was handed a £450,000 Welsh Government Vibrant and Viable Places grant towards work at the site.