Former Aberdeen department store could be new hotel

A former department store in Aberdeen could be a new boutique hotel, if local planners give consent.

The local Press and Journal reports that planning permission has been requested to turn the building that was once home to Esslemont and Macintosh into a 48-bedroom hotel.

Esslemont and Macintosh was establised in Aberdeen‘s Union Street in 1873. It was purchased by Liverpool-based department store group, Owen Owen, in 2005 and just two years later, they went into administration and the famous store was closed down.


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Boutique hotel in Mayfair gets planning permission

Westminster Council has given the green light to a new boutique hotel on Mayfair.

A grade-II listed former garage will be turned into a 75 bedroom hotel. The art deco building, owner by the Grosvenor Estate, at 8 Balderton Street was designed in 1926 and is currently in use by Avis car hire.

The new boutique hotel, just a short walk from Selfridges, will feature public art by Antony Gormley and is due to be complete by 2013.

More info at Mayfair.org.uk