Radisson Hotel Group will open a property in a listed building in the Scottish city of Perth later this year.

The Station Hotel, which first opened in 1890 within landscaped gardens close to the River Tay, will undergo an extensive renovation and reopen under the Radisson Blu brand in the second quarter of the year.

The property was regularly visited by Queen Victoria, who would split her journeys to Balmoral by visiting the hotel for lunch in her private room.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Perth will comprise 75 rooms and suites, a restaurant, lobby bar, garden bar, fitness room, treatment rooms, two ballrooms (including the largest outside of Edinburgh), and five large meeting and conference rooms.

David Littlejohn, head of planning and development and chief planning officer, Perth and Kinross Council, said:

“The Station Hotel is one of Perth’s most striking and best loved buildings, and I am delighted that it will become part of the Radisson Blu family of great quality hotels. This announcement could not have come at a better time. Perth city centre continues to undergo a cultural renaissance as work progresses to transform the city hall to become an important museum housing the iconic Stone of Destiny, and drawing visitors from across the UK and internationally to the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.”

Adela Cristea, Vice President, head of business development UK and Ireland, Radisson Hotel Group, added:

“It is an honour to add a property with such historical significance, especially with a royal seal of approval, to our Radisson Blu portfolio in the UK. We are also very pleased to expand our Scotland presence, and Perth is the perfect location for that thanks to its fantastic offering for both business and leisure guests.”

Perth is a historical city and was the capital of Scotland in the Middle Ages. Known as the “Gateway to the Highlands”, Perth is a popular destination for domestic and international travelers, as well as for Scottish weekend get-aways due to its proximity to Edinburgh and Glasgow. The city of Perth is home to historic landmarks, including the medieval church St John’s Kirk and nearby Scone Abbey, and also houses the headquarters of numerous international companies such as insurance firm Aviva and energy company SSE.

The hotel is a 10-minute walk to the city centre, a 20-minute drive from Dundee airport and a 45-minute drive from Edinburgh airport.

The hotel group will also open Radisson RED Liverpool later this year, which was originally the North Western Hotel adjacent to Lime Street railway station.