Long-established hotels in town could be demolished

THREE long-established hotels could be demolished and turned into flats – and there is uncertainty over the future of a fourth – after developers lodged plans for major housing projects in town.

The Stafford Hotel, Revere Hotel and Doran's Courtyard Bistro – all buildings which could be replaced with flats. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30016745)
The Stafford Hotel, Revere Hotel and Doran's Courtyard Bistro – all buildings which could be replaced with flats. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30016745)

The Stafford, Revere and Apollo hotels – all popular with visitors during Jersey’s tourism heyday – would all be lost under the plans.

Dandara have submitted an application to demolish the 72-room Stafford Hotel and the 56-room Revere Hotel, as well as the adjoining Doran’s Courtyard Bistro – all in Kensington Place – and replace them with 70 one-bedroom and 36 two-bedroom apartments set over six storeys with parking for 45 cars and 152 bicycles.

The Stafford Hotel. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30016753)

Further east, an application has been submitted to demolish the Apollo Hotel in St Saviour’s Road and replace it with 95 flats. The business’s owner said the decision was taken in 2019 and is not related to the pandemic.

The Revere Hotel. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30016760)

Meanwhile, according to plans lodged for the former Ann Street Brewery site, it has also been suggested that a planning application could soon be submitted for the Mayfair Hotel.

Lawrence Huggler, who owns the Apollo Hotel, said that the business would continue running until at least 2023 but added that the building was nearing the end of its operational life.

The Apollo Hotel. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30016763)

He said: ‘The Apollo Hotel will be running as a hotel for at least two more years and then subject to gaining planning permission will be redeveloped into housing, of which Jersey is desperately in need. This planning application is the result of several years of work and is not linked to the present Covid crisis.’

The businessman, who also owns The Club Hotel and Spa, added that he still strongly believed in the future of Jersey’s tourism industry and that he was actively seeking sites and opportunities to develop boutique hotels and self-catering units.

‘We are keen to talk again with the Jersey Development Company about sites on the Waterfront, having actively pursued a site there in the past without success, and we recently made an offer on another site in Jersey and talks are ongoing,’ he said.

‘If older and outdated hotels leave the industry it will help allow for new hotels at all levels, from budget like the two Premier Inn hotels to luxury hotels and self-catering to be built going forward.’

The Mayfair Hotel. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30016779)

The owners of the Stafford and Revere hotels were contacted for comment but no response had been received at the time of publication.

However, according to plans submitted by Dandara for the Kensington Place site, it is planned that the homes will be designated as social housing.

Andium Homes, which is planning to build units of accommodation by 2030, said that it was keen to work with local construction partners on projects which fitted into their plans.

It confirmed that it had been in discussions with Dandara but had not made any agreement with regards to the Kensington Place development scheme.

The Mayfair Hotel was contacted for comment but had not responded at time of publication.

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