The Grand Hotel Birmingham set to reopen in summer 2020

16 Jan 2020 by Jenni Reid
Grand Hotel in Birmingham

The Grand Hotel in Birmingham will reopen this summer following a multi-million pound renovation.

Investors Starwood Capital Group said the property has undergone a “dramatic restoration that will return the city centre landmark to its former glory.”

The 185 rooms within the Grade II-listed building on Colmore Row have a mix of French Renaissance, Victorian and Art Deco features. The new interiors have been created by Robert Angell Design International.

Original character features throughout the building, including the stone façade, ornate ceilings, mosaic tiled floors and grand staircase, have been restored.

The Grand Hotel Birmingham Grosvenor Ballroom

The hotel will gain a lounge, a restaurant, two bars, a gym, and meeting and events spaces.

The renovation has also added penthouse suites with views across the city and a “sunken rooftop garden terrace”.

The property was built in 1879 by Isaac Horton, whose descendants still own it today through the Hortons’ Estate company.

Previous guests have included King George VI, Malcolm X, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill.

With standards falling through the 1990s, the hotel was eventually shuttered in August 2002 and has been closed ever since.

A public consultation into restoring the property was held in 2012.

It was previously being redeveloped by Principal Hotel Company, and the reopening was planned for early 2019.

This stalled following the sale of Principal to IHG in mid-2018.

The hotel is now set to operate independently, with funding from Starwood Capital Group.

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