Pier owner puts Eastbourne hotel which featured on TV up for sale for £5.5 million

Mr Gulzar and Alex Polizzi SUS-160707-085057001
Mr Gulzar and Alex Polizzi SUS-160707-085057001

The owner of Eastbourne pier has put the hotel made famous on TV’s The Hotel Inspector up for sale.

Sheikh Abid Gulzar, 71, is hoping to sell the 108-bedroom Mansion Lions hotel for £5.5 million.

Mr Gulzar bought the pier last October and also owns the Albany Lions, the Boship Lions Farm Hotel at Lower Dicker and the Lions Cub Nursery in Beach Road.

Mr Gulzar said, “I am very happy with the way my business is progressing. Eastbourne Pier is becoming a massive success, it really is very busy as the summer develops.

“We have put major investment into the pier – both in terms of time and money – but at the same time we have to focus on the other parts of our business as well.

“That investment will continue – make no mistake about that – but I am a businessman, I have been for over 50 years, and that means you always have to look at new opportunities.

“In the past I have sold hotels, but that then meant I was then able to invest in new projects. Life is exciting, I am working seven days a week, and I simply want to keep all my options open.”

The Mansion hit the national headlines in August 2012 when it was the subject of an episode of The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5.

Mr Gulzar locked horns with TV celebrity Alex Polizzi at his hotel. Alex and her team filmed for eight days.

Mr Gulzar says the hotel had a turnover of £1.7 million in the financial year 2014/2015.

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