History of The Esplanade Hotel
The story of The Esplanade Hotel begins in 1900 when a local company, Northern Property Limited purchased the old Flagstaff Hotel, situated on the current Esplanade Hotel site. The Flagstaff was removed and plans drawn up for a grand hotel to be built, called The Esplanade Hotel.
The plans were modelled on the resort hotels of the English seaside towns of Brighton and Blackpool, The Esplanade Hotel being named after the best-known resort hotel in Brighton,
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Construction of the £7000 hotel started in 1901 by leading builder of the time, William Cranston, and construction was completed in February 1903. The Esplanade Hotel quickly became established as a well run popular seaside resort hotel.
"The magnificent prospect of the harbour from every balcony, the salubrity of the air, and the convenience to the ferry, make the Esplanade an ideal destination - it combines the advantage of the city life and life at the seaside. Though only ...