THE owners of the Charm Hotel in Brighton have launched a new venture in the city.

Linh and Leo Nguyen have taken over the running of Sea Spray Hotel, also in the New Steine, Kemptown.

The Charm Hotel is an upscale, full-service luxury boutique hotel affiliated with the Golden Lotus portfolio of branded luxury hotels.

It was listed on Traveller’s 2017 Hot List, the insider’s guide to the newest, hottest hotels, restaurants, spas and nightclubs opened across the UK in the past year.

On making the latest acquisition, general manager Leo Nguyen said: “We looked into it, learned a little to understand what we have achieved at the Charm and then realised it was well within our reach to transform Sea Spray from a three-star to a four-star hotel.

“It is a combination of improvements on many fronts and we are doing it for our guests and our team at the hotels as well to challenge them to be among the elite.”

The focus on Sea Spray is now staff service and investing in design and elegance.

Mr Nguyen said: “This is hotel number two for the Golden Lotus group in Brighton and the UK and we hope to get the Sea Spray gradually up to a similar standard as The Charm.

“It is currently work in progress while we improve all the facilities at our new hotel in the city.”