Italian restaurateurs bid for second-time success with boutique hotel plan


Top Italian restaurateurs in Newport are on the cusp of submitting plans for a new boutique hotel, which they hope will get the go ahead second time around.

The Cinotti brothers, who own two Gemelli restaurants in Newport, are hoping to transform the Grade-II listed Rothbury House on Stow Park Circle into a new boutique hotel after their first attempt to secure planning permission was rejected.

Brothers Sergio and Pasquale bought the property two years ago for £350,000, after it shut its doors as a care home in 2009.

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The pair then set about devising their hotel plan.

The original proposal was thrown out by city councillors amid concerns about parking and objections from local residents.

Now they have resubmitted the plan with a few alterations in a bid to create a classy boutique hotel that ‘Newport really needs’.

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