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.
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.
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.
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