A SMART £2.7m hotel and apartment complex is set to open in the heart of the Old Town as the first of its kind in Hastings.
The Rock-A-Nore project in Rock-A-Nore Road is expected to throw its doors open in May after four years of planning and construction.
The complex has been built on the site of an old ice house which was used by local fishermen and as a morgue.
It is the brainchild of Hastings business partners Brian Murdoch and George Payne who plan to take on 12 members of staff at the hotel.
The pair have battled through the difficult economic times to achieve their plan to create attractive, modern accommodation in the heart of the Old Town area.
Boasting sea views across the English Channel, the hotel will have 14 double bedrooms and a restaurant that aims to make use of as much local fish as possible.
There are also 11 apartments and three penthouses for sale.
Parking will be provided for guests and residents across the road behind the Fishermens Museum.
Mr Murdoch said: “It has been quite a challenge over the years but we were determined to pull it off.
“Removing the ice house was hard work and then we had to cope with the recession.
“At one point we had to close the site down for 18 months because of the difficult economic times.
“But it was a gamble that paid off and now we’re looking forward to opening up the first complex of its kind in the town.
“We tried to use local firms like Icklesham Joinery and it’s been a great team effort all round.”