The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton to get a new lease of life
A landmark hotel on Brighton’s seafront is to get a six-figure face-lift, reports suggest. The Old Ship Hotel is one of the seaside town’s leading, historical buildings. But due to age and lack of funding, it has needed a revamp for some time.
With parts dating back as far as the 16th century, The Old Ship is an integral part of Brighton seafront. A favourite among travellers to the area, the hotel plays host to a wide range of guests, from business travellers and tourists to those seeking the romance of a traditional seaside town.
The new facelift will endow The Old Ship Hotel with a number of superb facilities – and will turn the already prominent building into a hospitality hub for seafront visitors.
Additional changes include a further 54 rooms, a parade of retail outlets and a specially designed indoor swimming pool – with a spectacular opening roof for summer use. A health and fitness centre are also part of the redevelopment plans, as well as a night club in the basement and refurbished restaurants and bars.
The company behind the development is The Cairn Group, which has owned the hotel for several years. They believe the refurbishment will secure The Old Ship Hotel’s presence and will be a boost for the local economy.
The Cairn Group owns the hotel and manages 33 properties across the UK. In a recent statement, they said that the overhaul was vital for the 17th century hotel’s future – and would be good for Brighton’s economy. There has, according to town planning documents, been a hotel on the site of the present building, since 1559. The very first recorded inn at the location – which is now part of the present Grade II listed hotel. The very first hotel was named The Shippe Inn.
The new revamp is expected to be completed by 2021 and will thoroughly complement the current hotel facilities. A large but boutique-style property, each room and suite has been designed with its own distinctive flair. The panoramic seaside views, which became accessible to guests over a century ago when part of the coastline was lost, is one of the property’s greatest assets.
Brighton has a rich history when it comes to hotels. While restaurants come and go, the seafront promenade features a number of famous, landmark hotels that were popular more than a century ago. Still prosperous now, several of them have seen extraordinary historical events. And a visitor in 1914 would still recognise a number of hotels, The Old Ship and the Royal Albion, being just two of them.
The Old Ship is perhaps the most prominent of the two, having been used to assist with the escape of Charles II from France. One of the rooms is also dedicated to the legendary violinist, Paganini, who once played there.
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