Stakis Hotels….did he and his hotels not have a reputation for burning down? Generally on a Friday night!f
The current Grosvenor hotel on Great Western Road was one such hotel burning to the ground during the fire service strike in the late 1970s
It is remarkable as the rebuilding was restricted to ensure that the facade look like the rest of the near mile long Victorian facade of which it was a part. Unless you knew the history you would never know that the building was just 40 years old.
The Pond hotel similarly burned down and this was just about a 2 miles further along the road.