Delight and relief for Airth hotel boss
But sitting in the sumptuous surroundings of his new five-star Hotel Colessio, he was keen to stress that was all in the past.
“I’ve found myself again,” he said. “It sounds trite but it’s true. I’m fitter and healthier than I’ve been for a long time and that doesn’t just apply to me, it applies to my business.”
The boy from Stirling’s infamous Raploch has added another jewel to his crown with the opening of Colessio. But that wasn’t without it’s problems to the extent that he candidly admits it almost broke him. However, the dream to transform the city’s former Royal Infirmary, which was latterly the headquarters for NHS Forth Valley, into a luxury boutique hotel has finally become a reality.
With 40 bedrooms, a stunning events suite with outdoor terrace, grill room and bar, all decorated to the highest standards, Colessio is another addition to the Aurora Hotel Collection which includes Airth Castle and Glenbervie House.
Steven said: “We had our first wedding on Friday and, never mind the bride, I was an emotional wreck.
‘‘To see all these wedding guests in my hotel, along with a packed restaurant and bar, made me realise all those agonies were finally behind me.
“I’ve got here with the support of family and good friends. For the first time I now have a silent business partner, someone from outwith the hotel industry but with lots of experience, who allowed me to complete this project. Rest assured, Steven’s back.”