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The Grand Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in Llandudno, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3283 / 53°19'41"N

Longitude: -3.829 / 3°49'44"W

OS Eastings: 278285

OS Northings: 382826

OS Grid: SH782828

Mapcode National: GBR 1YPY.TL

Mapcode Global: WH64Y.4LXT

Entry Name: The Grand Hotel

Listing Date: 16 March 1976

Last Amended: 6 June 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3476

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Prominently sited at NW end of Llandudno Bay, above spur of pier; visible from much of N Wales coast, and on a clear day from the Wirral and Lancashire coast.

County: Conwy

Community: Llandudno

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

1900; designed by J Francis Doyle of Liverpool; built on rock plateau on sea shore and on the site of the Baths Hotel of 1870s. For many years the largest hotel in Wales with 156 bedrooms. Severely damaged by arson attck on 5 December 1977 which caused damage estimated at £200,000.

Exterior

Hotel building of six storeys and attic, ornamented with pyramidal roofs and tower; of greatest depth at south-west end and tapering inwards to North-east end. Slate roof; lower 2 storeys rock-faced stone, upper storeys stucco; generally modern glazing and balconies, following fire. From South-west end, first eight bays of South-east elevation with upper storeys of both pairs of end bays in the form of towers with parapets and pyramidal roofs, with pairs of rounded-headed windows beneath parapets and transom two-light windows below. Ninth bay from South-west is set back and has a mansard roof and three-light windows. Modern two-storey veranda to two lower floors (to pier) of first nine bays with rounded arched head to each bay. Tenth and eleventh bays are set back from ninth bay; mansard slate roof with pyramidal tower behind it. Two-light windows except on first and ground floors which are faced with rusticated stone; round-headed openings to first floor and veranda to ground floor. Bays 12 to 15 are set back behind bay 11, bay 15 canted at an angle; mansard roof, fenestration pattern as in bays 10 and 11. The remaining four or five bays are set back in turn further still, culminating in a semi-octagonal tower at North-east end with roof in form of a spire. The NW elevation is in similar style, but due to rise in ground level has only single rock-faced storey.

Reasons for Listing

Included, despite some loss of character after fire, as grand building important for its massing and picturesque roofline in this position at the north end of the Promenade. Group value with Pier.

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