The Royal Hotel, Woolacombe – The Future

If you are reading this magazine, you more than likely agree that Woolacombe is a very special place. You may be discovering its delights for the first time, or a seasoned pro who has seen the town evolve considerably over the years. Preserving Woolacombe’s charm for locals and visitors alike is perhaps the most important thing for new businesses to consider as they come to the area, and as a significant hotel refurbishment is about to take place, we wanted to share some of the vision and values behind it. With demand for seaside accommodation increasing rapidly every year, and the UK experiencing something of a staycation boom, Devon must adapt to make sure that anyone who wants to visit can do so – and have a comfortable and memorable stay. The Royal Hotel in Woolacombe will be completely refurbished, to become the Atlantic Bay Hotel in 2019.

The Royal Hotel has been a family favourite for many years, with a reputation for friendly staff and great food, as well as some of the best views over the bay. Those traditions will live on in its new incarnation as the Atlantic Bay Hotel, with the building receiving the thorough refresh it deserves – as well as a few exciting additions. The hotel will get its biggest makeover since the 1960s, both outside and in, to become a stunning four-star hotel and spa. All 96 rooms will be revamped and provided with all the latest mod-cons, while the refitted swimming pool will be complemented by a new spa and fitness centre. A fantastic restaurant and a relaxing lounge and cocktail bar will be created, while redundant buildings to the rear will make way for expanded parking. The front of the hotel will be freshly landscaped to provide patio areas with seating to make the most of the magnificent views. The sympathetic conversion is planned to begin in January 2018, and the hotel will be up and running by the summer of 2019. Trusted local tradespeople will be contracted to complete the building work with a strict timeframe of under a year in order to minimise disruption to the area.

The incoming operator, Giant Hospitality, prides itself on safeguarding the things regular holidaymakers love about their favourite places. The family-owned group made its name in another classic holiday hotspot – Llandudno Bay in North Wales, where it runs the traditional, family-oriented Queen’s Hotel, and the more modern Llandudno Bay Hotel. The business model of the developer is to take hotels in wonderful locations that are due a bit of a makeover and whose owners are ready to move on, bring them back to their former glory (in-keeping with visitors’ requirements and the tastes of the local market), and deliver exceptional service at a competitive price. The hotel itself will be majority owned by people who care about the area and intend to use the hotel. Anyone can invest in a room, earn a healthy share of profits, and stay at Atlantic Bay for two free weeks every year (taking care of the family holiday as well as trouncing interest rates in the bank). For more information about the refurbishment, or to invest in a room from £75,000, contact Property Frontiers, or call 01865 700 202


One comment

  • have stayed at the royal many times and enjoyed every one long may she rein if only under a deferent name look forward to see refurb and staff again ann francis


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