The Mayfair Hotel has confirmed it will be closing in autumn to make way for residential development after 50 years due to the “challenges facing tourism” and the “pressure of covid-19.”
The hotels’ owners, the family-run Modern Hotels group, said the site had been sold to a developer and that the hospitality stalwart would be closing its doors for the final time at the end of October 2021.
A planning application was submitted back in January to demolish the hotel and construct 137 on-bed and 68 two-bed residential units with basement parking and landscaping.
Given the scale of the development, the Environment Minister had planned a Public Inquiry into the plans to develop the hotel, as well as Andium’s plans for the Ann Street Brewery site. However, it is no longer going ahead after the Ann Street planning application was pulled.
“This has not been an easy decision as we have been proud to play an integral part in the hospitality industry of Jersey for more than 50 years and have provided sunshine and smiles to so many valued and repeat guests for whom the Mayfair has felt like a home away from home. The continual challenges facing tourism in Jersey in general, along with the recent added pressure of covid-19 have made it increasingly difficult to operate such a large hotel,” Chair Jonathan Segal commented.
Modern Hotels, which operates a number of other local businesses, said it would still continue investing in the island.
“We have spoken to all of our permanent and seasonal staff before making this news public as each and every one of them is highly valued and have each played an important part in delivering an excellent service to all of our guests. We will be liaising closely with them all over the coming weeks and will assist in any way we can to help them find suitable alternative employment,” Mr Segal added.
Mayfair is one of several hotels due to make way for residential accommodation in the coming year, if planning permission is granted.
Last month, Express revealed the owner of the iconic Savoy hotel's vision for “environmentally conscious family town houses” of two, three and four bedrooms.
Meanwhile, Andium Homes has put forward plans to demolish 14-28 Kensington Place, which includes the 72-room Stafford and three-star 56-room Revere hotels, as well as Doran's Bistro and Candlelight restaurant, and build 70 one-bedroom, and 36 two-bedroom, flats with ground-floor parking and landscaping.
Pictured: An aerial view of the proposed development at the Savoy Hotel.
The owner of the Apollo Hotel in St. Saviour’s Road, the Huggler Group, has also applied to Planning to demolish the hotel to build 91 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom flats.
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