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Brighton's Royal York hotel could become youth hostel

The Argus: Royal York hotel Royal York hotel

One of Brighton’s most famous buildings and hotels could be tranformed into a youth hostel if plans are approved by Brighton City Council’s planning committee.

Councillors are due to debate the proposal that would see the Radisson Blu Royal York in Old Steine transformed into a hostel at a meeting later tonight.

But according to Nick Head, former chairman of Visit Sussex, if the changes go ahead it would prove to be a “real shame” for the city’s tourism industry.

“It’s not a good use for such an important and historic building,” he said.

“It’s an important building and it would be a real shame for it to become a youth hostel.”

The Royal York has been a feature in the city since it first opened in Steine Place as a hotel in 1819.

It has undergone many changes in its history, having become dilapidated and revived in the 19th century before being converted into offices in 1930.

It was changed back into a hotel by the Radisson Group in 2006.

But according to the committee report, the business had been losing money for a number of years with administrators expressing concerns about the hotel’s ability to continue.

The plan to lose the hotel in favour of a youth hostel also comes just one month after another historic building, The Lansdowne Place Hotel, went into administration with administrators KPMG showing an interest in turning the building into homes, claiming the hotel in Lansdowne Place was no longer viable given the economic climate.

But while the downturn has had an effect on local businesses, Mr Head said he doesn’t think there is a crisis in Brighton’s tourism and the closure of the Royal York was more to do with the size and scale of the business rather than a wider cause for concern.

He said: “I think it was too small to run as a full service hotel. I always thought they might struggle with a full service at four stars.”

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6:53am Wed 19 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

If radisson cannot make money in the city then there's something wrong with our local economy. Maybe turn it into a party house.
If radisson cannot make money in the city then there's something wrong with our local economy. Maybe turn it into a party house. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -6

8:07am Wed 19 Feb 14

tabman says...

Sounds a great idea; a city like Brighton should have a big central Youth Hostel.
Sounds a great idea; a city like Brighton should have a big central Youth Hostel. tabman
  • Score: -8

8:12am Wed 19 Feb 14

Michael Inkpin-Leissner says...

I hope this is not true. I found that the Royal York always outclassed the Hilton and The Grand regarding service, fiendliness and comfort. When my mother from Germany stayed there a couple of years ago, she loved the individuality. I only hope that those responsible will think again. The Royal York is a gem!
I hope this is not true. I found that the Royal York always outclassed the Hilton and The Grand regarding service, fiendliness and comfort. When my mother from Germany stayed there a couple of years ago, she loved the individuality. I only hope that those responsible will think again. The Royal York is a gem! Michael Inkpin-Leissner
  • Score: 12

8:18am Wed 19 Feb 14

Kate234 says...

Waste of a great seafront location for this. It should be turned into offices. A youth hostel can go anywhere and would be better situated in a less prestigious site. Students also would probably also prefer not to pay for a sea view whereas businesses and hotel guests would.
Waste of a great seafront location for this. It should be turned into offices. A youth hostel can go anywhere and would be better situated in a less prestigious site. Students also would probably also prefer not to pay for a sea view whereas businesses and hotel guests would. Kate234
  • Score: -2

8:59am Wed 19 Feb 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

Kate234 wrote:
Waste of a great seafront location for this. It should be turned into offices. A youth hostel can go anywhere and would be better situated in a less prestigious site. Students also would probably also prefer not to pay for a sea view whereas businesses and hotel guests would.
Its not on the seafront its faces the Old Steine and the bus station, perhaps getting confused with the Royal Albion next door. An ideal location for a youth hostel.
[quote][p][bold]Kate234[/bold] wrote: Waste of a great seafront location for this. It should be turned into offices. A youth hostel can go anywhere and would be better situated in a less prestigious site. Students also would probably also prefer not to pay for a sea view whereas businesses and hotel guests would.[/p][/quote]Its not on the seafront its faces the Old Steine and the bus station, perhaps getting confused with the Royal Albion next door. An ideal location for a youth hostel. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: -6

2:21pm Wed 19 Feb 14

imfree! says...

This what happens when you let the loony left in i'm afraid.They won't be happy until the place is a complete sh1thole.Thanks comrades
This what happens when you let the loony left in i'm afraid.They won't be happy until the place is a complete sh1thole.Thanks comrades imfree!
  • Score: 5

2:25pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Looks ideal for a squat, or maybe demolish it and stack container housing in its place. Then of.course given it's location it would be ideal also for travelers.

Joking apart this is just another unwelcome legacy from the miscreant Marxist greens

Wasters
Looks ideal for a squat, or maybe demolish it and stack container housing in its place. Then of.course given it's location it would be ideal also for travelers. Joking apart this is just another unwelcome legacy from the miscreant Marxist greens Wasters Somethingsarejustwrong
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mcdbrighton says...

I think this is owned by Max Hotels..Radissonblu dropped it according to another report in the Argus a while back. Max Hotels also owned Lansdowne and have the unsuccessful Max Apartments on the sea front. In my opinion it could easily work as a hotel in the right hands and shouldn't be hastily turned into a youth hostel, particularly if it's the same management. I'm happy to be corrected on this but I don't think it's as straightforward a story as this article suggests.
I think this is owned by Max Hotels..Radissonblu dropped it according to another report in the Argus a while back. Max Hotels also owned Lansdowne and have the unsuccessful Max Apartments on the sea front. In my opinion it could easily work as a hotel in the right hands and shouldn't be hastily turned into a youth hostel, particularly if it's the same management. I'm happy to be corrected on this but I don't think it's as straightforward a story as this article suggests. mcdbrighton
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

bluemonday says...

the nimbi's will never allow it to be a youth hostel,how about student accommodation,theres always a need especially with another 5000 on the way.
the nimbi's will never allow it to be a youth hostel,how about student accommodation,theres always a need especially with another 5000 on the way. bluemonday
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Lady Smith says...

imfree! wrote:
This what happens when you let the loony left in i'm afraid.They won't be happy until the place is a complete sh1thole.Thanks comrades
What on earth are you talking about?
[quote][p][bold]imfree![/bold] wrote: This what happens when you let the loony left in i'm afraid.They won't be happy until the place is a complete sh1thole.Thanks comrades[/p][/quote]What on earth are you talking about? Lady Smith
  • Score: 0

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