Two Douglas hotels could be amalgamated into one, if planners approve the application.
In fact, PPC Limited has already taken reservations for the single hotel – and needs the approval ‘as soon as possible’.
The proposed hotel would be formed by joining together Ellan Vannin and Gloucester House hotels, located in 31 and 32 Loch Promenade.
In the application (13/91505/C), it states: ‘This application proposes internal alterations and amalgamation of existing tourist hotels to provide a 26-bedroom hotel with associated staff and owners’ living accommodation.’
The proposed work would also see the creation of a residents bar at ground floor level in the corner of the current residents’ lounge.
It would include a lockable security shutter.
The current owner’s bedroom on the ground floor would be turned into an alcohol store room.
The application continues: ‘We note that the applicant has taken reservations for the proposed accommodation so it is necessary that these proposals are formally approved ASAP in order that the works can be carried out.’
All work would be carried out to the satisfaction of the Isle of Man fire prevention officer and building control.
It says the application is supported by the Department of Economic Development.
Paul and Pauline Cain took over the Ellan Vannin hotel in March 2012.
Since then they say they have been wholeheartedly putting all their time and effort into improving and putting Ellan Vannin back on the map.
It has gone from a three star to a four star hotel, and they aim to provide a five star service.