Serviced apartments replace Seager Distillery hotel

The plan to create a four star hotel at Deptford's Seager Distillery has, perhaps not unsurprisingly, been ditched, in favour of serviced apartments, which Staycity plans to open in May 2014.

Serviced apartments are designed for longer-term stays and this plan adds something new to the local mix, while filling space that might have sat empty for a long time.

Hotels have sprouted around the West Greenwich / Deptford border, to take advantage of the former's tourist appeal (Staycity calls this "the historic centre of Greenwich") and the latter's DLR station - as we suggested at the time the hotel was mooted, another it might have struggled.

As the Deptford Dame, who spotted the story, points out, serviced apartments are easier than hotel rooms to convert to residential use at a later date.