Boxer and twin brother reveal 'luxurious' vision for new 50-bed hotel in George Street
Marciano is working with his twin brother Samir to convert this nightclub into a hotel
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Oct 2017
A boxer and his twin brother have revealed plans to breathe new life into Hull city centre by transforming a defunct nightclub into a thriving new hotel.
Samir Mouneimne and his brother Marciano, both 30, have submitted a proposal with the help of their father, who is also called Samir, to convert The Ven-U in George Street into a guesthouse.
The nightclub shut down around five years ago and has been gathering dust ever since.
However, the Mouneimnes think that the space can be converted into a hotel comprising 50 rooms, a reception and a bar.
Hull boxer Samir Mouneimne is also involved
The application submitted to the council originally stated there would be 44 rooms but Marciano says that six more could be added.
Samir Jr, who is an amateur featherweight boxer, said this is his first big construction project and he is hoping that the council consents to their proposal.
"I don't see why the council would object to it," he said. "Going forward, this hotel will be a great thing for us and the city.
"Otherwise, it will just remain an empty building.
"With Siemens coming to Hull and this being the City of Culture year I just think it's a great idea.
"A hotel is the perfect thing to build in that area and I am just hoping that everyone will get on board with it."
Marciano also has big ambitions for the hotel as he revealed that the rooms will be affordable and luxurious.
"The night trade and the club scene has gone so we are working to build a hotel on the basis of people coming from out of town.
The Ven-U has been gathering dust for a number of years
"We wanted to give Hull a bit more of a look.
"I think it's a great location. There are other hotels being built such as the new Hilton but we are going to be reasonable with our prices.
"We have to build up a name so we can't go in with high prices."
Over the next few weeks, Hull City Council's planning committee will consider the brothers' plans before making a decision on whether they can go ahead with the build.
However, both of them are confident they will be given the green light and they hope to start ripping out the premises by the end of the year.
"We wanted to have it done for April next year but hopefully now we can get the builders in as soon as we get planning permission," Marciano said.
"The council shouldn't object because it won't bring any problems to the area and it will benefit the city."
The pair's father, who officially submitted the application to the council, believes that the hotel would be in a "prime" location with room for 17 car parking spaces.
"It has been closed for so long and I am sure the people of Hull will be grateful to see something done with it," Samir Sr said.
"We are very excited and we are looking forward to see it finished. I hope the people of Hull will embrace it."
If approval is granted, the first, second and third floors of the premises would be redeveloped by Anlaby Road based Architectural Design Partners Ltd.
A takeaway, retail unit and self-contained apartments within the planned development area would be retained as part of the proposal.