A Blackpool hotelier is set to transform one of the town’s worst eyesores into a three star hotel.
Tony Banks, of Blackpool Promotions, says that the long-derelict Grosvenor Hotel in Albert Road, highlighted as a risk to neighbouring properties, will be rescued if planning permission is granted.
Blackpool Promotions, was founded in 1983, operates The Ruskin Hotel next door to the Grosvenor, along with other venues including the Royal Carlton and Royal Seabank.
Acquired by Tony in May 2017, the popular three-star Ruskin, close to Central Pier, has 71 en-suite rooms. It has since been refurbished.
Now the Grosvenor Hotel, named in 2010 by the Daily Mail as Europe’s filthiest hotel, is set to undergo a major, six-figure refurbishment which will see its current 47 bedrooms transformed to 30 suites to become part of the Ruskin.
The work is due to be complete in around six months, and – subject to planning permission – will include a 250 seat cabaret venue and a basement spa complex.
Tony, who also owns businesses in the property and construction sector, was advised by Martin Long, partner in the Commercial Property team at Napthens solicitors and head of the regional law firm’s Blackpool office.
Tony said: “The leisure sector in Blackpool is very strong, and we continue to see a real opportunity to develop a quality offering for visitors to the town and this investment is further commitment by Blackpool Promotions to the area. We have some exciting plans in the pipeline and can’t wait to unveil them in a few months’ time.”