Plymouth’s 150-year-old hotel prepares for a spruce up


Plymouth’s 150-year-old New Continental Hotel is getting a spruce up, in the form of a £100,000 lick of paint for its vast exterior.

The three-star historic hotel in Millbay is being painted for the first time since 2003, ahead of the city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020.

The 99-bedroom, five storey block’s new colour will be a neutral grey and is the culmination of eight months of planning.

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As well as the extensive paint job, other external repairs will be carried out at the Hajiyianni family-owned building, including to some of the windows.

The scaffolding has now been erected and is due to be removed from the front of the hotel at the end of February, with the entire project to be completed in March.

A £3m two year refurbishment started at the hotel in 2008, and this February marks the hotel ballroom’s 80th anniversary.