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Hythe Imperial Hotel appoints new executive director as refurbishment nears completion

By Chris Price

A new boss is taking charge of a hotel as it nears the end of a multi-million pound, four-year refurbishment.

Nick Gauntlett has been appointed as executive director of the Hythe Imperial after working as managing director of Galleon Hotels and Emina Estates, where he was responsible for six hotels with a combined turnover of £16.2 million.

He joins the four star establishment as work begins on upgrading the final floor of rooms, due for completion next spring.

Nick Gauntlett has been hired as executive director of the Hythe Imperial Hotel
Nick Gauntlett has been hired as executive director of the Hythe Imperial Hotel

Founded as the Seabrook Hotel in 1880, it changed its name after it was bought by Darrel Healey, chairman of Ashford-based construction firm GSE Group, which is also developing 75 homes on its grounds.

Mr Gauntlett, 51, from Addlestone in Surrey, said: “I am really looking forward to this new challenge and taking the Hythe Imperial to the next stage of its continued development.

“I have a great team of people in place to help me do this and to continue to grow the business with exceptional service and customer care.”

Mr Healey added: “Nick’s track record in the hospitality industry is impressive and he brings with him a wealth of ideas and experience which will prove invaluable as we work to continually improve on our offer for our guests.

“Not only have we invested a substantial amount in restoring the fabric of the building to the standard befitting a four star hotel, we are also committed to investing in the best people to deliver exceptional service to our guests.

“I am sure Nick will push the team at the Hythe Imperial to ever higher standards as we move forward.”

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