Scarborough To Filey Yorkshire 12
As we walk through Scarborough’s South Bay across the sands you can not help but notice, looking inland, the area of Town Hall & St Nicholas Gardens surmounted on one side by the historic Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel opened in 1867 and towers over the Scarborough seafront. It used to be the largest hotel in Europe and the largest brick built building, with 12 floors and 365 rooms – one for every day of the year. Seven million bricks went into the construction of this impressive building. Later, following renovation work, the room count was reduced to just 280. Interestingly the whole building is designed around the theme of time: four towers to represent the seasons, 12 floors for the months of the year and 52 chimneys symbolise the weeks. The hotel itself is in the shape of a ‘V’ in honour of Queen Victoria and its heyday which was arguably during Victorian times, when wealthy holidaymakers made up the establishment’s clientele. As Scarborough was a famous spa town, the building’s baths originally included an extra pair of taps, so guests could wash in seawater as well as fresh. However it now seems the Grand is starting to show its age and the hotel has suffered a number of health and safety issues in recent years, but I do hope this grade II listed building manages to survive for many years to come. A lot of the historical hotels in Scarborough are reasonably priced and this gives everyone the chance to stay in one of these Victorian gems. What I did find strange though is that planning permission was granted for the red Olympic Leisure building to be built on the promenade right next door to the Grand and in front of the lovely ornamental gardens, it hardly fits in with the area.