Queens Hotel Cheltenham

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Discover the history of the Queens Hotel Cheltenham – MGallery by Sofitel, which has been a renowned holiday destination since 1838.

Queens Hotel Cheltenham was constructed during the historic reign of the United Kingdom’s famed Queen Victoria, who sat on the British throne from 1837 to 1901.

Queens Hotel Cheltenham resides near the Welsh border in the quaint English town of Cheltenham. For centuries, Cheltenham was considered a remote hinterland, until a few locals discovered numerous mineral springs near the town. By the end of the 18th century, many of the townspeople had begun developing spas that administered the supposed medicinal properties of the spring water. When King George III arrived in Cheltenham to experience the mineral springs for himself, interest in the spas throughout the area exploded. Scores of enterprising people came to Cheltenham to capitalize on the popularity, building dozens of new spas in the process.

In 1818, two entrepreneurs, Thomas Henney and Samuel Harward, built a spa on a section of marshy ground near the River Chelt. Once completed, the two men called the building the Sherborne Spa. Many people journeyed to the spa over the next two decades to revel in its soothing spring water. However, in 1837 its spring ran dry. The spa’s owners quickly dismantled the facility, rebuilding it elsewhere in Cheltenham. Other businesspeople soon occupied the location, erecting a hotel where the spa once stood. Robert Jearrad and his brother Charles oversaw the hotel’s construction, using the Temple of Jupiter as the inspiration for their design. The brothers made the new building in style of an ancient Roman temple, adorning the structure with an imposing white façade and Corinthian columns. Construction on the hotel finally concluded in 1838, with its owners christening it the "Queens Hotel" in honor of Queen Victoria.

Since then, the Queens Hotel has hosted countless visitors traveling on holiday into the Cotswolds. Over the years, many prominent individuals have stayed at the building, including Sir Charles Napier, Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, and Edward Elgar. For its long, meritorious service, preservationists listed the Queens Hotel as a Grade II English Heritage building in 1955. Today, Sofitel operates this wonderful establishment as the Queens Hotel Cheltenham - MGallery by Sofitel. The hotel recently underwent a thorough renovation, which revitalized much of its historic character. It still retains most of its original features, including its grand, 19th century wallpaper and beautiful Georgian staircase. Guests are certain to fall in love with the marvelous Queens Hotel Cheltenham.

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    Robert Jearrad and his brother Charles oversaw the hotel’s construction, using the Temple of Jupiter as the inspiration for their design. The brothers made the new building in style of an ancient Roman temple, adorning the structure with an imposing white façade and Corinthian columns. Construction on the hotel finally concluded in 1838, with its owners christening it the "Queens Hotel" in honor of Queen Victoria.

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