Royal Wells Hotel reopens after £2.4m transformation


The Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells has reopened after a £2.4m makeover by owners Shepherd Neame.

The project is the single largest refurbishment task for Britain’s oldest brewer, which took over the hotel in September 2012.

The refurbishment, which closed the hotel on January 1st, saw four en-suite bedrooms added to the boutique’s offering, taking the total to 27, with every room updated to a more contemporary style.

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The hotel’s restaurant has also been replaced with The Brasserie, which can now accommodate up to 70 diners, while a new courtyard garden offers seating for up to 52 people.

The reception at The Royal Wells Hotel has been refurbished and the layout changed.

The hotel’s Ephraim Suite on the ground floor has been expanded, and can cater for parties of up to 150 when combined with the adjoining Victoria Room.

As a result of the brewery’s investment, 20 new roles have been created at the hotel, taking the total to more than 50.

Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We are thrilled to unveil this exciting new development in Royal Tunbridge Wells. It is our biggest refurbishment to date, and represents a massive investment not just in the hotel, but the local area.

"We have created a number of new hospitality and catering roles, and are confident that the new look hotel will prove a popular destination for leisure and business guests, providing a boost for the town.”