Carlisle boutique hotel plan takes shape
Carlisle is set for its first boutique hotel.
The city's former Post Office building has been purchased by developers with an aim to transforming the neo-classical site into a four-star hotel with up to 90 bedrooms, Caterer Search reports.
Situated close to Carlisle's railway station, the building was originally built in 1916. A planning application, yet to be submitted, is likely to include a restaurant, bar and roof terrace.
Property developers Simon Harrison, Philip Rheinbach and Robin Graham have purchased the site.
Mr Harrison said a unique, high-quality hotel is just what Carlisle needs.
He told Caterer Search: "Carlisle looses quality hotel trade to the likes of the North Lakes hotel in Penrith and Smiths of Gretna as there is little to offer in the city other than the national chain budget hotels."
Earlier this year, a report claimed the boutique hotel sector in London is to double in size within the space of two years.
The Boutique Hotel Segment - The Challenge of Standing Out from the Crowd report claimed that more than 2,500 rooms will open by 2013, significantly boosting the size of the sector.
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