One of Blackpool’s best known hotels is shutting its doors for two months for a major revamp.
The Queens Hotel at South Shore is undergoing a £1m refit which will see more en-suite rooms, new lifts plus a new heating plant and presurised water system installed.
The hotel, owned by Leisureplex of Chorley is also to get new roof covering, replacement fire escapes and work to be done to eliminate creaky floorboards.
Work is expected to be completed in time for it to reopen on March 4 when it will have 111 en-suite rooms.
The hotel was bought by Leisureplex last February and the company has already seen updating all of the bedrooms with 22” flat screen TVs, hair dryers, curtains, bedspreads and beds plus revamped kitchens and car parking.
The leisure centre has been equipped with a new de-humidifier and new lockers will be installed.
Leisureplex managing director Paul Sawbridge said: “This is only the second phase of our plans for the Queens and will take our expenditure on improvements in the past year to a little under £1m.
“We have concentrated on making sure everything works properly and so a good deal of the expenditure is not immediately visible.
“However, it won’t take long for guests to appreciate the great showering experience, superb beds and improved soft furnishings.
“We are already experiencing strong demand from returning clients – both clients who have visited our other hotels and are curious to see the Queens and also loyal clients of the Queens who appreciate the improvements we have already made.
“We are confident we can look forward to a good summer season in 2013 and look forward to making further improvements next winter.”
He added that they were also replacing the current five person lift with two larger lifts side by side in a new shaft with an extended lobby area to ease congestion.
“We are particularly pleased with the new beds which have been so well received some guests have even asked to purchase them for home.
“We are installing a new pressurised water system which will counteract the notoriously uneven local mains water pressure and ensure high water pressure throughout the hotel at all times.
“The combination will ensure guests receive a first class shower at all times.”