‘Iconic’ hotel in Scotland set for boutique transformation


An ‘iconic’ hotel in Helensburgh, Scotland is set to be developed into a boutique hotel, with work due to start on the transformation on Monday.

The old Imperial Hotel, which has been empty for more than a year, had been listed for sale on several websites at £35,000 rent per annum before being bought by a national chain from Hawthorne Ltd.

Work on the 19th century building will begin on Monday to completely refurbish the property, a move that has been praised by politicians and community figures in the area, who believe the hotel will fill a need for accommodation in the Burgh.

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‘Imps’ as the hotel was known, closed in January 2014 following a refurbishment in June 2013, and had been under the same ownership since 2000.

A selling note that came with the property said the hotel ‘requires refurbishment in most areas’.

A spokeswoman for the Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce said the development would likely boost footfall. She added: “We have not had anything like this in Helensburgh for a while, I think this is something we are badly needing. Anything that will increase the employment is also a real bonus.”

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, chairman of Helensburgh and Lomond’s area committee, said: “It is quite an iconic building in the town, it’s got a long history in the hotel. I think a boutique hotel would enhance Helensburgh, it’s something the town does not have just now, and I think we’ve got to warmly welcome it.”