Hartlepool hotel closes just 18 months after £300,000 makeover

Melbourne House Hotel, Stockton Road, Hartlepool.
Melbourne House Hotel, Stockton Road, Hartlepool.

A HOTEL has closed its doors 18 months after it underwent a £300,000 makeover.

But the owners of Melbourne House hotel, in Stockton Road, say they are in talks with several interested parties and are confident a new tenant will soon be found.

It is like any property where somebody leaves, the landlord tries to get someone in, and that’s what we are doing.

Stuart Drummond, Hartlepool NDC Trust manager

The building was brought back into use by Hartlepool New Deal for Communities Trust (NDC), a community led charitable regeneration company.

The trust spent £300,000 in bringing it up to standard and it re-opened as a hotel under new management in October 2013.

But it closed three weeks ago after the agreement with the last tenant came to an end.

Stuart Drummond, manager for Hartlepool NDC Trust, said: “It was a mutual agreement between us and the tenant.

“We have been speaking to a number of different interested parties so it is just a matter of taking those on.

“They have different ideas for its use, one of them being a hotel and there are a couple of others.

“We are quite far down the line with two of them.

“It is just about going through the negotiations and getting someone in which hopefully should be imminently. It is like any property where somebody leaves, the landlord tries to get someone in and that’s what we are doing.”

Under the last managers, the hotel was marketed as a place for sports people and teams to stay while visiting Hartlepool.

During the refurbishment NDC Trust trained a number of and once pen it acted as a training establishment for young people in hospitality.

Mr Drummond, former Hartlepool Mayor, added: “It was quite a big project by NDC to bring a derelict property back into use and in doing so about 30 local people got experience and new skills on the job.

“It is really nice inside and we did a cracking job on the refurbishment.

“I don’t think we will have too much trouble finding someone to take on the tenancy.”

Burn Valley ward councillor Jonathan Brash said: “Any time something closes it is a concern. Hopefully a new tenant will be in there soon.

“I know there are a lot of talented people at NDC that will work towards that.”