Bou­tique ho­tel is set to open up in town

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@reach­ @chantelle­heeds

THE owner of three South­port venues is launch­ing a new bou­tique ho­tel in the town cen­tre. The Lord Street Ho­tel, lo­cated on the site of the for­mer Khepri bar and restau­rant, will of­fi­cially open and host a guestlist event on Satur­day.

The new ho­tel is the brain­child of An­drew Mikhail, chair­man of the Mikhail Ho­tel and Leisure Group, who hopes that the up­mar­ket 27-room ho­tel will add an “ex­tra layer of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to the area.”

The group, which owns the Bold Ho­tel that un­der­went a multi-mil­lion-pound ren­o­va­tion in 2016, and Ir­ish pub Punch Tarmey’s, has also played a role in the emerg­ing North­ern Quar­ter of the town.

The new ho­tel has been built above Khepri, which opened in July 2017 as an Egyp­tian restau­rant and night­club be­fore clos­ing in Jan­uary.

How­ever, the venue is now re­opened as part of the Lord Street Ho­tel and has been trans­formed into an cham­pagne, wine, tapas bar and restau­rant fea­tur­ing live mu­sic.

The idea to build the new ho­tel came af­ter the Bold Ho­tel was run­ning at 95 per cent oc­cu­pancy, and the new open­ing has cre­ated 50 lo­cal jobs.

Mr Mikhail said: “The stunning Lord Street Ho­tel will bring an­other high stan­dard bou­tique ho­tel to the area and our re­search tells us that de­mand is strong for this prod­uct. “The Bold Ho­tel is al­ready run­ning at 95 per cent oc­cu­pancy so it makes good busi­ness sense to be in­vest­ing in a fur­ther qual­ity ho­tel and, an area that was pre­vi­ously ne­glected.

“I be­lieve the Bold Ho­tel and now The Lord Street Ho­tel will serve as cat­a­lysts for fu­ture in­vest­ment com­ing into the town and the num­ber of jobs emerg­ing as a re­sult.

“We’ve cre­ated 50 jobs in the process of de­vel­op­ing our lat­est ho­tel with Mikhail Leisure hav­ing trans­formed all four storeys of a pre­vi­ously derelict build­ing.

“It’s an­other proud mo­ment for the group and the great team of peo­ple we have be­hind us.”

To be added to the guest list for the launch night on Satur­day, or for more in­for­ma­tion, email info.lord­streetho­tel@ or visit www.lord­streetho­tel. com.

One of the bath­rooms at Lord Street Ho­tel A bed­room at the new Lord Street Ho­tel

Khepri, on the ground floor of what is now the Lord Street Ho­tel. It closed af­ter six months

An­drew Mikhail

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