Hotel 52 will also have South American-themed restaurant and the new manager is recruiting for staff now
A property firm’s expansion into the leisure sector will soon emerge following a £1.25m redevelopment of a Whitley Bay hotel.
All Saints Living has moved into the hotel sector through the conversion of Newquay Lodge, on Whitley Bay’s South Parade , into Hotel 52, a contemporary 32 bedroom hotel and restaurant.
The renovation involves a full refurbishment of the rooms, reception and communal areas, the bar and restaurant, together with a currently unused space which will become a larger South American-themed eatery.
All Saints Living is also developing another Hotel 52 in Stanley, on the site of the former Stanfield House residential home, which is expected to serve visitors to Beamish Museum and Tanfield Railway as well as C2C cyclists.
Until now, the Newcastle headquartered operation has specialised in conversions and new developments of homes for sale and serviced apartments for rent.
Now general manager Steve Welsh has been appointed to the first Hotel 52 in Whitley Bay, where work began at the end of last year, with ambitions to create his own ‘Latino Bay’ at the new venture.
One of Mr Welsh’s first initiatives will be the launch of Loca Restaurant at the boutique hotel.
He said: “I think people will really appreciate the chance to enjoy food which is not really available in the area right now and we are sparing no expense in fitting out the ground floor restaurant with outside terrace.
“I am very excited about this venture because Whitley Bay has attracted around £80 million of investment in recent years and is undergoing changes which will, once again, make it an attractive visitor destination.”
Steve is now recruiting staff for the venture and is particularly keen to hear from those with Latin American roots and catering experience.
Refurbishment work on the new hotel and restaurant is expected to be completed in time for a May opening.
Based at Saint Cuthbert House in Newcastle, All Saints Living is part of The High Street Group, which was established by successful entrepreneur Gary Forrest in 2004 and has grown to become a leading financial and property group. It employs over 50 people and activities include residential property development, private rental schemes across the UK and serviced apartments.