FOR our Taste Q&A this week, Nick Mosley speaks to Herve Guyat from the new Steine Hotel & Bistro.
My name is Herve Guyat, owner of the New Steine Hotel & Bistro and the Kemptown Trading Post on St George’s Road.
What drew you to a career in hospitality?
I left my hometown of Biarritz in the south of France 36 years ago to pursue a career in London’s prestigious Bond Street and Sloane Street, working for Valentino and Cacharel. This is where I got my first eye for detail and beauty.
In 1990 I decided to step away from the fashion world and return to my first love – hospitality – working for prestigious hotels. I started at the Abbey Court Hotel in Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill Gate. The hotel was a hub for fashionistas and designers like John Galliano. It was whimsical and quaint and later inspired me to design the New Steine Hotel.
I then worked in a number of townhouse hotels, the Royal Thames Yacht Club and a number of 5 star hotels in central London including the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair.
On the 27th July 2000 I moved to Brighton to bring all my know-how to the opening of my own boutique hotel, the New Steine Hotel.
Describe the New Steine Hotel’s offering and ethos…
We always offer a warm welcome and quirky entertainment including art exhibitions, cabaret nights and our popular Supper Club.
Tell us about your accommodation offer…
I’ve always done all the interior design. The most recent refurbishment was recently completed in May 2021, blending the Georgian style of the building with my own personal Gallic accents.
When remodeling the New Steine Hotel I made sure we had different types of rooms to accommodate all types of clients: executive rooms for business travellers, family rooms, twin rooms for friends sharing their free time in Brighton and single rooms for guests who are traveling on a budget.
The pandemic has clearly been a challenge for hospitality; Do you think the cost of living crisis will challenge the industry more or less?
It will be very difficult for us hoteliers. We use a lot of energy to keep our guests warm in winter or cool in summer. Sourcing quality produce for our bistro will also be a challenge, as will ensuring that our staff’s wages are high enough to support their own living expenses.
With so many full entities and many small independent companies, are you convinced by the St James Street presentation now?
Yes it’s getting better and I think the St James Street Business Alliance has helped a lot. Although I would like less antisocial behavior and more police presence.
What other local businesses do you visit and enjoy in your free time?
I enjoy visiting many different restaurants in Brighton including Burnt Orange, Flint House and Hove Place. As a gay man I also enjoy the fact that Brighton has its own LGBTQ scene and I can visit many of the bars.
Having lived and worked in Brighton for many years, has the city changed for the better?
I definitely think the city has changed for the better, offering more – and better – attractions, hotels and restaurants. My city is very important to me. I am proud to be part of the Brighton and Hove Hotel Association as well as the St James’s Street Business Alliance. Both organizations are helping to make positive change in the amazing city we live in.
New Stones Hotel & Bistro, 10-11 New Stones, Brighton BN2 1PB
01273 681 546 • www.newsteinehotel.com
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