An Ilfracombe hotel has been purchased by a Southeast Asian hotel chain. The 99-bedroom Dilkhusa Hotel, which was also briefly used as a centre to house refugees, is now part of the Compass Hospitality group, making it the 21st hotel that the business operates in the United Kingdom.
The company says the acquisition reflects their commitment to growth and investment in the UK’s hospitality sector. According to a press release issued by the company, The Dilkhusa was originally a private house and takes its name from Hindi meaning “House of the Happy Heart”.
The hotel’s location on the Victorian seafront, close to the harbour, adds to its charm and historical significance. Compass Hospitality say they are looking to diversify the hotel business by catering to a more varied mix of guests, including corporate visitors and hosting meetings and events.
A spokesman said: “This shift in strategy reflects the positive performance trends in the UK market and the hotel’s commitment to adapting to changing demands.”
Compass Hospitality operates under several brands including Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda, and the Compass Collection which includes individually branded hotels and resorts.
Their range of properties includes hotels, resorts, executive apartments and spas in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia & Sri Lanka.