A stylish new hotel and bar has opened in Southport, thanks to two years of determination by a local family.
Anelli Hotel & Amici Bar has opened at 1-3 Avondale Road in Southport town centre, perfectly positioned between the resort’s historic Lord Street and the Promenade.
The nine-bedroom facility is owned by Roberto Anelli, who is very well-known in Southport for his time working at Casa Italia on Lord Street before going on to run the popular Mario & Roberto’s Spaghetti House restaurant on the site of the current hotel back in the 1990s and 2000s.
Roberto then decided to take the plunge, carrying out a dramatic transformation of the building to create the stunning new Anelli Hotel & Amici Bar.
The new venture is finally open and being run by the Anelli family; Roberto, wife Karen, and children Adriana and Fabrizio. It follows frustrating delays caused by the Covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns.
The venue is already proving to be popular with hotel guests with visitors enjoying watching Euro 2020 games in the bar with pints of Peroni, cocktails and a public favourite Beaver Town Gamma Ray on the large sun terrace outside.
They are looking forward to screening the Czech Republic v Denmark Euro 2020 Quarter Final (5pm kick off) and the England v Ukraine Quarter Final (8pm kick off) today.
Adriana Anelli said: “We have finally opened our doors to all of our wonderful customers!
“It has been a long road with many setbacks in what are still unprecedented times.
“We were hoping to open around April last year, but then the Covid pandemic and the first lockdown hit in February, and we had to close. Even the builders couldn’t get hold of the materials they needed, and everything was delayed.
“We are finally open now and we are delighted!
“It is a nine-bedroom hotel, with all of the rooms en-suite. It is now on Booking.com. It has a really modern feel.
“We have got a brilliant sun terrace outside.
“The terrace gets the sun on it all day, it’s a real sun-trap. And because we are a couple of roads back from Lord Street, it is nice and quiet here too and we avoid all the hustle and bustle. It is much more chilled out here because we don’t have all the noise from constant traffic driving past.
“With amici meaning friends in Italian, we are showing we are welcoming to everyone. As well as hotel guests, we are also open to all members of the public.
“The bar has a big area so when the Covid restrictions are eased later this month, we will look forward to being able to arrange functions and parties.”
The Amici Bar is already enjoying a fine following through boasting a spacious sun terrace and showing all the games from Euro 2020. With their Italian and English roots, the family members are keeping their fingers crossed for England playing Italy in the final!
Adriana Anelli said: “Now we are all enjoying creating something new and exciting in Southport.”
For more details call the Anelli Hotel & Amici Bar on: 01704 544505 or email: Anellihotel@gmail.com or visit the Anelli Hotel & Amici Bar page on Facebook
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