A historic hotel in Nottingham has been given a multi-million pound refurbishment in a bid by its owner to become the city’s first five-star hotel.
The Walton Hotel, close to the city centre, has opened a new outdoor terrace, renovated half of its bedroom stock and undertaken a significant amount of work in rewiring, plumbing and retiling the whole building.
The Grade-II listed hotel dates back to the early 1800s, when it started life as a hunting lodge for The Park estate, and then was transformed into a hotel more than 50 years ago.
It was taken over by Alice Shelton in February 2014 and the refurbishment programme than began.
Now after the year-long project, half of the hotel’s 28 bedrooms – which include 15 in the hotel and 13 in an apartment block that Shelton also acquired – have been revamped and now boast new TVs, handmade furniture, while retaining original features such as fireplaces and ceiling designs.
General manager Paul Stafford hopes the apartments will help attract the longer stay traveller, as they come complete with bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen and even a small garden.