Main Photo: The famed ballroom at The Grand Hotel Birmingham, built in the 1870s
Date: January 2020
Location: Colmore Row, Central Birmingham, UK
Name: The Grand Hotel
No. of Keys: 185
Seller: The property was built in 1879 by Isaac Horton, whose descendants still own it today through the Hortons’ Estate company.
Previous guests have included King George VI, Malcolm X, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill.
With standards falling through the 1990s, the hotel was eventually shuttered in August 2002 and has been closed ever since.
Buyer: Starwood Capital Group has announced The Grand Hotel will once again open its doors to the public in the summer of 2020, following a “dramatic” restoration of the property.
The luxury hotel, a Grade II-listed building located on Colmore Row, will be home to 185 rooms and suites retaining the building’s mix of French Renaissance, Victorian and Art Deco features including the stone façade, historic ceilings, mosaic tiled floors and grand staircase.
The centrepiece Grosvenor ballroom is the hotel’s “premier event space for all occasions”. The restoration also includes new penthouse suites with views across St Phillip’s Cathedral and the city beyond, as well as a sunken rooftop garden terrace.
The property also includes two new bars and a destination restaurant, a gymnasium, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, collaboration areas, and event spaces.
Cody Bradshaw, managing director, head of international hotels, said: “We’re proud to be working with Hortons’ Estate, whose founder, Isaac Horton, originally built the hotel in the 1870s, on a shared vision to create one of the most prestigious hotels in the UK.
“The restoration of this stunning grande dame building is another milestone in what is an exciting period of transformation for this vibrant city. We look forward to providing visitors to Birmingham – and locals alike with a truly one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates the splendour of this landmark building but with a 21st-century luxury experience.”
THPT Comment: Fab to see another Grande Dame hotel restored, this time in Birmingham, whose city centre has been ravaged by modernism.
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