One of Brighton's most prominent boutique hotels - the Max Hotel at the Royal York Buildings - has been placed into administration.
RSM Tenon has been appointed administrator of the 51-bedroom property, which is located in a prominent position close to Brighton Pier. The hotel will remain open while a full financial review is undertaken and a new owner is found.
Built in 1771 as a residential home, the building was converted into a hotel in 1819 and named the Royal York. For many years it was a fashionable hotel which accommodated royal visitors, politicians and writers, among other guests.
In 1929, the Royal York was sold to the forerunner of Brighton and Hove City Council and used as offices until the council vacated the property in 2003. The Imperial Property Company bought the building in 2006 and undertook an extensive refurbishment to turn it back into a hotel.
Last year, the hotel's food and beverage operation was taken over by Pure Pop Up Restaurants & Events, part of hospitality management company Evensus.
The partnership, which marked Pure's first foray into hotel catering, saw the group open Pop Restaurant and Bar, a 45-seat restaurant offering a modern European menu with a focus on local seafood.
By Janet Harmer
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