ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHELTENHAM
The Queens Hotel with its grand exterior has a prime position on one of the most beautiful of Cheltenham’s Regency streets, overlooking the Imperial Square and Gardens, alongside the impressive Cheltenham Town Hall.
We look forward to welcoming you to our historic hotel in the heart of the celebrated festival town of Cheltenham - and we're excited to help make your stay a truly memorable experience.
One of the first purpose-built hotels in Europe, Queens Hotel was built on the site of the original Sherborne Spa, meeting the demands of suitable accommodation for the nobility and royalty who visited Cheltenham to take respite.
Some might say that it was King George III who made Cheltenham the fashionable spa destination that it is today. He spent five weeks in the town to ‘take the waters’ for its medicinal properties and as a result, several more Royal parties came down to Cheltenham in the late 18th century, thus leading to the spa town’s explosion in popularity.
As a result of the town’s fame and reputation the Queens Hotel later opened its doors as a hotel on the 21st July 1838 and was named in honour of Queen Victoria whose coronation fell in the same year.
While the hotel has predominantly retained its purpose as a fine hotel throughout history, gratified by the visits of such eminent figures as General Sir Charles Napier, Edward Elgar and Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, it has also served as a social refuge for women in WWI and later as a military hospital.
Following its opening on 21st July 1838, the hotel was declared as ‘one of the noblest buildings of its kind in Europe’. Queens Hotel is a fine example of neo-classical architecture, with its imposing white façade of Roman temple scale, adorned by over 50 Corinthian columns, the carved cornices and Georgian windows. Also, it is one of a number of imposing landmarks conceived by Robert Jearrad and his brother Charles, who modelled the hotel on the Temple of Jupiter in Rome.
Listed as a Grade II English Heritage building since 1955, it retains many of its original features including historic wallpaper designed by Augustus Pugin, who designed the interior of the Palace of Westminster.
In recent times the hotel has since been restored to its former neoclassical glory, revitalizing and reimagining the buildings original comforts with the latest technologies in preparation for a new chapter in her majestic history.
During your stay with us at the Queens Hotel, you are invited to celebrate the power scent has over our memories.
Discover our three bespoke scents, including our signature fragrance; Queens Hotel Cheltenham and our complimentary fragrances; Olympian Dew and Eau D’Ange, all of which have been blended to represent our building’s heritage.
Glide through the revolving doors into Queens Hotel and enter our luxury boutique hotel where guests are the centre of our highly attentive service for memorable moments.
Our team’s combined experience enables us to provide only the very best customer service, in a luxury setting where guests can soak up our history and take some time out to explore the local area.