D.H. Lawrence themed boutique hotel to open

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UK: Work has begun to transform a vacant bank into a boutique hotel themed around D.H. Lawrence.

The property will be located in Nottingham Road, Eastwood, and bedrooms will be named after D.H. Lawrence's novels and characters that include Lady Chatterley's Lover and The Rainbow.

The former Barclays Bank, which closed 13 months ago, will also have a prohibition era-style gin bar in the basement where the vault will be converted into a quirky booth.

The family running Oliver's Pub and Kitchen in the town are behind the plans, which recently got the green light from Broxtowe Borough Council.

Kane Oliver said: "Eastwood is very D.H Lawrence orientated. We get a lot of visitors coming in to eat with us so we wanted to bring something different to the town. We get a lot of American tourists. It will be a boutique style with a modern twist."

The hotel will feature thirteen bedrooms with contemporary decor and the ground floor will have disabled access and will be dog-friendly. 

Mr Oliver said: "Each of the bedrooms will be named after his books or something from his books." 

The hotel will provide visitors on literary breaks with an affordable overnight accommodation and guests will have the option of eating across the road at Oliver's and the family plans to work with local businesses to offer guests discounts.

Alex Khan, the borough's cultural services manager, said: "For us it's brilliant. From our perspective it's great when people buy into the legacy of D.H. Lawrence in the area."

Around 3,000 Lawrence enthusiasts, from across the UK and countries including Korea, American and Australia, visit the town annually.

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