Artisan Hotels puts renovation plans in motion at newest acquisition in Lancaster

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Artisan Hotels has submitted a planning application to give The Royal Kings Arms Hotel in Market Street in Lancaster a complete overhaul, after acquiring the property in December 2016.

The group, which said the hotel is neglected and in need of an upgrade, will renovate the Listed building with the repainting of the front elevation, the creation of a new extension, plus a new reception area.

The work will also included the re-painting of the front façade to reinstate it in ‘historic paint colours’ with the addition of gold leaf detail to the stonework

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An extension to the rear of the building will help make things easier for staff, while a proposed roof will extend as a canopy to offer a more ‘pleasing’ entrance.

Artisan Hotels said the hotel “has been neglected over previous years and the new owners wish to refurbish the hotel and reinstate it as a prestigious destination hotel in Lancaster city centre”.

Originally built in 1625 during the reign of Charles I, and then later rebuilt in 1879, the hotel has been immortalised by Charles Dickens in his story of The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices. Dickens stayed at the Kings Arms in 1857 and again in 1862.

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