9 incredible photographs showing the Grosvenor Hotel from 1907 to today


The Grosvenor Hotel was opened in 1875 and provided the perfect place for a night or lunch and a drink for travelers using Bristol Temple Meads, which had opened 35 years earlier.

In its heyday, the 70-room hotel would have been one of the first grand venues welcoming newcomers to the city with all the Brunel hallmarks thanks to its design by his former assistant, architect SC Fripp.

Records show that 100 years ago it cost eight shillings and sixpence for a bed and breakfast, or about £35 in today’s money.

But the hotel has fallen on hard times as it has been cut off by road infrastructure which has also seen a flyover take vehicles near room windows. It changed hands several times over the decades and most notably appeared in the 1979 film Radio On.

At the end of the 1980s, it became a bed and breakfast for the homeless before, in 1993, closing its doors for security reasons. On October 18, a fire engulfed the old hotel, leaving the structure in tatters.

Here is an overview of the hotel through the years in a selection of photos:


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