'Embrace the change' - What Echo readers said about Sunderland's new seafront hotel
Sunderland families have both applauded and criticised the design of a new hotel as work begins on the seafront at Seaburn.
The four-storey Seaburn Inn, which is due to open near to the area’s STACK development towards the end of this year, will feature 40 bedrooms, bar and dining facilities and a children's play area.
As work gets underway at the site, Echo readers reacted to an artist’s impression of how the building may look once complete, and shared their views on what else they would like to see at Seaburn.
Many welcomed the investment in the seafront area, arguing that it was “about time” there was a new addition to the landscape there.
But others slammed the “square” and “boring” design. adding that Seaburn needed more attractions to bring custom to the hotel and benefit the area.
The Inn Collection Group and contractor Metnor cut the first patch of turf at the site as part of a ceremony attended by Sunderland City Council leader Graeme MIller.
Paul Bestford: “At first l though they were building student accommodation on the seafront. That's what it looks like. The thing is though. If it's right next to them storage cabins, the stack, that will make it look amazing.”
Ian Andrew Cresswell: “Brilliant, embrace the change.”
Colin Branthwaite: “Another shoe box from unimaginative architects. Better than an empty space I suppose.”
Pam Todd: “Fantastic news. I'm loving all the new developments in Sunderland, our lovely city by the sea.”
Angela Wilkinson: “Increasing options for family visiting can only be a good thing. Hope the existing hotels and guest houses can compete.”
Steven Spoors: “I back the sentiment but not the building.”
Adam Ftm Lusby: “We need attractions if you want to fill a hotel.”
Alan Vierow: “Looks good – about time something was added.”
Alan Dorward: “Another square, boring 1960s design.”
John Lindsley: “Terrible design. Won’t do anything for the seafront.”
Sam Lucas: “Great news. Seaburn is beautiful. Fond memories.”
Shaun Armbruster: “More local work for the lads.”
Joanandjohn Allan: “Looks like a throwback from the 60s.”