THE POPULAR Big Sleep Hotel – which is partly owned by film star John Malkovich – has been put up for sale for £1.6 million.
According to reports Cosmo Fry, who is the main owner of the chain which has hotels on Eastbourne seafront, Cardiff and Cheltenham, has now decided to ‘concentrate on other business interests’.
The chain was described as ‘Travel Lodge with sex appeal’ by the Travel Trade Gazette after its launch back in 1999.
The Eastbourne branch, which Mr Fry says is his favourite, re-opened in 2008 after a refurbishment.
Mr Fry said, “The idea was to develop a sub-brand of Big Sleep on the Beach and I think we succeeded.
“The idea behind the larger rooms was to allow the guests to recreate a sort of Big Brother on the Beach atmosphere.
“We were aiming to develop the theme all along the South Coast, which we see as very much uncharted territory for today’s hotel trade.
“It is extremely sad for us to be putting the hotels up for sale having put so much effort into them.”
The hotel has 50 bedrooms and meeting facilities for up to 50 delegates.
All enquiries on the sale of The Big Sleep should be directed to Peter Brunt of Colliers International on 0117 917 2000.