E8 to get its own boutique hotel

Valentine’s Day surprise for former Dalston Lane sub-PO.

This is Avo, Dalston’s first boutique hotel. The former sub-post office is to be transformed into six en suite rooms, one of which is a large suite, and a foyer café.

No 82 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH, its Georgian origins hidden below centuries of commercial abuse, is due to open in time for Valentine’s Day, Monday 14 Feb 2011 — despite its neglected appearance.
Dr Sunny Karir, of the company that is developing Avo, told Loving Dalston: “The builders have been working top-down… that’s probably why, from the front ground doors, it looks like a building site.”
Equally worrying for Avo’s owners is that they thought it necessary to go on Twitter.com yesterday to seek someone to run the café.
Every room would offer luxury toiletries, padded slippers, Egyptian-cotton bed linen, dressing gown, hairdryer, flat-screen TV and gratis DVD selection. Rates would start at £79 a night, excluding breakfast.

Dr Karir, an Oxford graduate who was raised in the area, said: “With the Olympics coming and Dalston getting trendier by the minute we thought it was the right time to convert our shop into a boutique hotel, a small independently run hotel with an eye to a luxury feel and an understated elegance.”

She said that Avo aimed to recruit locally and source locally wherever possible. She did not reply when asked whether Avo would have an alcohol licence.

Avo is akin to “welcome” in some North Indian languages.

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