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Spanish Court Hotel set for Montego Bay

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 4:00 AM
The former Breezes Montego Bay hotel.

The former Breezes Montego Bay Hotel will be rebranded as the Spanish Court Hotel, according to documents seen by the Financial Gleaner.

It would become the latest development to energise Gloucester Avenue in St James, popularly called the Hip Strip.

The acquisition of the property by lawyer and hotelier Chris Issa was known from last October.

It now emerges that Issa set up a new company called Spanish Court Montego Bay Limited, incorporated last September, for the purpose of running the hotel. Its directors include Issa and Douglas Ewbank with Imelda Chin as company secretary, according to the Companies Office of Jamaica records. A source indicated that the property would be branded as Spanish Court Hotel.

The company also received environmental permit approval to construct and retrofit the Montego Bay hotel, according to government approval documents issued in March.

Issa established the 107-room Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston in 2010 in New Kingston. Work will begin shortly on retrofitting the Montego Bay property, which is expected to last between 12 and 15 months, according to a source knowledgeable about the business.

In October 2015, Issa reportedly acquired the property for US$7.8 million or about half the hotel's last known valuation.The property has been shuttered and up for sale since 2011, with Issa himself having previously backed away from an earlier deal for the 124-room hotel in 2012.

The hotel, which sits on the beachfront along Gloucester Avenue, was built by NCB Investments in 1995. It was co-owned by NCB Staff Pension Fund and state-operated pension fund, National Insurance Fund.

steven.jackson@gleanerjm.com