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The Quality Hotel – Plymouth

Quality Hotel - Plymouth

A look inside the former Quality Hotel on Plymouth’s Waterfront

Visited Nov 2015 Plymouth, Devon (Demolished)

 

Beds and Furniture laid out in what was the breakfast room
Beds and Furniture laid out in what was the breakfast room

When the building was first opened as the Mayflower Post House in 1970, it was one of the city’s tallest buildings.

It took 18 months to build at a cost of £700,000 and was constructed to mark the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ departure from the Barbican. The Herald called it “the finest hotel site in Europe” at the time.

Former Reception desk in disarray after closing
Former Reception desk in disarray after closing

In the years since it has been described less charitably as an eyesore, ugly, and a “negative example of 1970s brutalist architecture” by city planners.

Kate Caffrey described the hotel in her book The Mayflower.

“It is uncompromisingly modern, luxurious and designed for businessmen as well as tourists,” she wrote.

One of the many corridors where someone had taken the doors off
One of the many corridors where someone had taken the doors off

In 2014 the Hotel told its guests to vacate the premises by 11am while others on their way to Plymouth had their bookings cancelled. Staff bolted the doors and left the hotel.

One of the rooms still set up as a hotel room
One of the rooms still set up as a hotel room
Housekeeping room planner still in cleaning room
Housekeeping room planner still in cleaning room
Old Lifts that now stand empty awaiting its fate
Old Lifts that now stand empty awaiting its fate
Breakfast Kitchen off the Breakfast Room
Breakfast Kitchen off the Breakfast Room
The hotel had good views of Plymouth
The hotel had good views of Plymouth

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