Jun
27
2014

Esplanade Hotels History

We recently had a couple that stayed with us at the Bay Esplanade Hotel in Paignton as they had holidayed there back in 1967 and wanted to revisit. When they returned to the hotel they were kind enough to bring down a copy of some  information from when it used to be the Paignton Hydro Hotel, in the 1960’s which I thought I would share with you all. They also brought with them a copy of a show programme they saw at “Paignton Festival Hall”… Oh how times have changed, there is no theatre now however the hotel has stood the test of time as you can see from this brief hotels history.

 

Hotels History

Hotels History

Hotels History

As you can see the hotel has changed a bit from the 5 bars it used to offer to a more modest 2. Georges Kitchen and Steakhouse has been transformed into our restaurant which has recently undergone a renovation last year. This is not the only renovation the hotel has seen over the years, as within the last 2 years just under 50% of the bedrooms were newly refurbished and there is more planned, the public areas are set to be completely refurbished in the early part of next year also.

Entertainment is still important to us with Lee Shetliffe as our long standing resident host as well as multitude of entertainers from vocalists to comedians performing throughout the week in our Riviera Suite (which was the Shakespeare Music Lounge). At Bay hotels we can be summed up by our strap line, “for the best of times” this is because we are about getting away from it all and having fun with your family and friends. If you have stayed with us in the past you will know that our very popular entertainment programme is provided on the majority of nights, it features a variety of acts from across the country allowing you to sit back and enjoy the show!

Hotels History

Hotels History

Hotels History

Hotels History

As with all of our building we take a keen interest in our hotels history so if you have ever been to any of our hotels over the years and have any interesting articles, photos or itineraries we would love to hear from you.

 

About the Author:

I've been with the company for many years and started off working around different hotels however when I am not working I love spending time with my family taking in the amazing sights of the English Riviera. Living in an Urban Geopark area allows for some amazing sea kayaking around different bays whenever I get chance.

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