Bristol’s Grade I-listed Portland Square is set for a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in 2016 and beyond – and part of that will be the development of a 36-room boutique hotel to be operated by Artist Residence, according to reports.
The bohemian brand has lodged planning application with the city’s council to transform one of the buildings on the square into its latest hotel venture. The building was originally built as a single-use home when Portland Square was first constructed around at the turn of the nineteenth century, but has been since occupied by ‘militant squatters’, who, according to the hotel’s planning application, have vandalised the building’s original features.
The application said: “The opportunity to bring these vacant buildings back into use, given their significant heritage importance will facilitate a substantial improvement to the area’s built urban form.”
Artist Residence already runs three hotels – in Pimlico, London, Brighton and Penzance, Cornwall – and is known for its quirky take on design and guest experience.