Plans have been announced to refurbish and upgrade the Grade II listed Mitre Hotel next to Hampton Court Palace.

The existing three-star property – which is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic – is set to become a five-star hotel offering an increased number of junior suites and new restaurant concepts following the works.

The 36-room property was purchased by Signet Hotel Group in January, which has secured a £3.7 million loan from OakNorth Bank to complete the refurbishment and upgrade programme.

In a press release OakNorth Bank said that “By the time the hotel re-opens in six months’ time, Covid-19 will hopefully have passed, giving the newly-refurbished hotel the opportunity to thrive”.

The hotel is located on the banks of the River Thames, close to Hampton Court rail station. Facilities include a riverside restaurant, brasserie and bar, Orangery, a riverside terrace, and three conference rooms and private dining areas.

The Mitre dates back to 1665 and was originally used as ancillary accommodation for Hampton Court Palace, before being rebuilt in the mid-18th century.

Commenting on the news Hector Ross, co-founder of Signet Hotel Group, said:

“The Mitre Hotel has a unique and extensive history, so it is our privilege to be refurbishing the building by breathing new life in creating 36 individually designed new bedrooms in a way that preserves this historical significance.

“Additionally, our two new restaurant concepts aim to attract local residents, hotel residents and Hampton Court Palace visitors.”

Last week we reported that the Arora Group is to develop a 300-room four-star riverfront hotel in Staines-upon-Thames.

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