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    Gloustershire Hotel back in business

    Janet Silvera, Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

    Hotelier John Sinclair has reopened the 93-room Gloustershire hotel on Montego Bay's Hip Strip after three years of locking shop. Some 60 rooms were occupied during the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, the hotelier tells Hospitality Jamaica.

    Sinclair has also revealed that he pumped close to US$6 million into what could be termed a "brand-new resort".

    "The entire property was gutted, the bedrooms and bathrooms are new, so is the roofing on one section and most of the furniture," Sinclair said, as he outlined plans to help revive the strip that lost some of its hip with the closure of the former SuperClubs Breezes Montego Bay and indefinite shutting down of the Fantasy and Sea Gardens resorts.

    Fantasy has been closed for approximately 17 years.

    The Gloustershire neighbours the world-famous Doctors Cave Beach, one of the most distinguishing landmarks on the popular Gloucester Avenue, is walking distance from the city's centre of entertainment and is one of the only remaining European plan hotels in the tourism capital.

    The property is the former Beach View Hotel, one of the first to make its mark on Gloucester Avenue.

    "It has been completely modernised, transformed into a semi-boutique resort," boasted Sinclair, as he described how 85 of the rooms are classified in the superior and standard category, while eight have been transformed into junior suites.

    Two boardrooms and a conference room that can accommodate up to 70 persons are among the amenities that the resort now boasts.

    Still, modernised for Sinclair and his team means a Wi-Fi equipped resort, complemented by a business centre, Jacuzzi that lights up at nights and a swimming pool that has colours that change with its mood.

    "Our return to active business will definitely pump some life into an area that is lined with several businesses," said the hotel's owner, adding that some 70 persons are to be employed to deliver customer service on par with Destination Jamaica's image.


    He argues that, in the last year, a number of persons thought he would not have been able to reopen, "But I had to do it even though it cost a lot of money and time."

    Commending the move, Jamaica Tourist Board Chairman Dennis Morrison said, "The resuscitation of the Hip Strip is long overdue, and my hope is that the reopening of The Gloustershire will focus attention on the steps needed to be taken to resolve outstanding issues that are in the way of other properties being brought back into operation."

    Morrison, who was named chairman last week, described the move by Sinclair as bold, "given the competitive environment of the industry and the economy".

    Sinclair himself has said now that he has returned to the very competitive marketplace, his goal is to be able to compete successfully, "We tried to come up with something clean, elegant and city-type. We are not a boutique hotel, but there are elements of that."

    The Gloustershire also boasts some of the largest rooms in any resort on the island, and comes equipped with flat-screen televisions, coffee makers, in-room safe boxes and in-room Internet.

    Sinclair's design team has transcended the blue from the ocean back to the resort, using a beautiful sea blue, and added a gym for locals on the run.

    The resort has a reputation of its repeat business being 40 per cent Jamaicans. "We want back our Jamaican clientele," he says.

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    Re: Gloustershire Hotel back in business

    i always loved this hotel - you could sit on the patio - see the beach and sunset and all up and down "the hip strip" - great location!


    • #3
      Re: Gloustershire Hotel back in business

      had breakfast there couple mornings when I was staying at the tired hotel montego back in the days. I think they had a pool table there too suh we ended up hanging out there for a bit.

      with this kind of renovation dem need a website, I could not find it

      ahh memories
      “Not all those who wander are lost.” –J. R. R. Tolkien

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        Hotel family to take over Gloucestershire

        Hotel family to take over Gloucestershire

        CAMILO THAME Business co-ordinator [email protected]

        Wednesday, March 28, 2012

        THE owners of the Altamont hotels in Kingston and Montego Bay have inked a deal to manage The Gloucestershire hotel located in the second city, which doubles the number of rooms they have under management.

        After more than 25 years as an owner-operator of rental property and boutique hotels, the Jarrett family is taking its first step towards branching out into managing non-owned properties, according to the family patriarch, CEO Terence Jarrett.

        “We have developed expertise having had 90 rooms under management,” he told the Jamaica Business Observer. “We are ready to go off into something bigger... with capital being the limiting factor.”

        The Jarretts have for decades operated a 58-room hotel in Kingston — Altamont Court — and, for the last five years, a 31- room hotel in Montego Bay — Altamont West.

        Donahue Jarrett, who headed operations at Altamont West and who now acts as general manager of The Gloucestershire — a 93-room property on the same street — said that the family had been approached by more than one persons to manage hotels over the last two years.

        “This one came along and we found it to be a good fit,” he said, adding that they will be able to benefit from combined marketing for the two MoBay hotels and possible spillovers from one property to the next.

        Donahue said that they have received attention because of their approach to maintaining their facilities at a high standard, and especially what they did to turn around the Belvedere (now Altamont West), which they bought in 2005.

        “We got recognition for seeing the potential of the Belvedere, which was sitting on the market for some time,” he said.

        Terence said that “renewing the product is a constant” in order to maintain higher levels of occupancy in a tough business environment.

        The Gloucestershire is coming towards the end of complete refurbishment, and will soon have full capacity available, said Donahue, up from the 75 rooms now in operation.

        This is not the first diversification for the Jarretts, who were a 2008 Observer Business Leader nominee for their achievements as a family business.

        They first branched out a few years ago when they began leasing out office space.

        They acquired an office complex close to Altamont Court in Kingston, and then purchased 40 per cent of the office space on the Billy Craig Building, also near their hotel.

        Terence said they currently have eight tenants leasing their commercial space.

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