The Queens Hotel in Southsea has been sold to a consortium headed by local property developer Farid Yeganeh. The new owners are going to bring this beautiful, historic building back to life.
In its glory days, the hotel was frequented by the rich and famous including politicians, celebrities and Royalty. The Duke of York (later King George VI) was a regular visitor to the Hotel and during World War 2 General De Gaulle stayed at the Hotel for a long period and could often be found out on the terrace staring sadly in the direction of France. Other wartime visitors included Sir Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower.
The Hotel changed hands a few times in the 50s and 60s and was extensively modernised to include facilities for large conferences and banqueting
The hotel currently has planning permission to convert the upper storeys of the seafront hotel into 30 private apartments leaving a much smaller 22-bedroom boutique Hotel on the ground and first floor.
The new owners have much more ambitious plans and want to bring this grand old lady into the 21st Century, restoring her to the lovely landmark Hotel she once was. They would like a 104 bedroomed Hotel with just a few Penthouses on the roof and plan to re-open and refurbish all the other areas of the Hotel that have now been closed for many years. They hope to make the Queens a 4 Star prestigious hotel that can accommodate visiting dignitaries and celebrities who have looked outside the City in recent years to find the standard of accommodation they required.
The new owners want the Hotel to appeal to both residents and visitors to Portsmouth and consider the fact that the hotel has remained in private hands to be a huge advantage and will enable them to create the style, class and individuality normally lost in chain hotels.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to bring this sleeping beauty back to life. Portsmouth deserves a quality hotel to be proud of and I will be doing everything in my power to make this happen” Farid Yeganeh
This is an obviously an ambitious and expensive plan for a building that has been sadly neglected for many years and the owners are looking for the support of Portsmouth City Council and from the People of Portsmouth in achieving all their objectives. They are looking for a completion date of 2020.
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