Easter weekend will see the first ever boutique hotel open at Royal William Yard in Plymouth, despite a number of setbacks threatening its launch.
The new Rooms at the Yard 14-bedroom boutique at the Grade-II Residence 1 building has been undergoing development since the summer of 2017.
Now despite a small number of ‘issues’ the new property, owned and operated by Bistrot Pierre will open in early April.
The hotel is being designed by Devon-based Gillespie Yunnie Architects, with the physical alterations of refurbishment said to ‘minor and reversible’.
Given the age and nature of the historic building, developers found that the roof was leaking and downstairs damp in the rendering, setting the project back.
When the business opens in April, there will be a slightly longer wait until Rooms at the Yard is fully open.
The Rooms concept will see guests pick up their keys at the restaurant opposite and venture over the lawn – on a golf buggy if they so wish – to their room.
Rob Beacham, director at Bistrot Pierre commented: “You come and check in at the restaurant, as you would in a hotel, but you will be pointed to seat in the bar and a member of staff will come across with an iPad to check you in and give you your key.”
Bistrot Pierre was founded in 1994 by Beacham and his childhood friend John Whitehead. The pair now own 22 restaurants across the country, but this is only their second ‘Rooms’ venture.