York & North Yorkshire

Scarborough's Royal and Clifton Hotels sold to Britannia

Royal Hotel in Scarborough
Image caption The 3-star Royal Hotel was on the market for between £7.5 and £8m

Two hotels in Scarborough, put up for sale in 2011, have been sold to one of the largest privately-owned hotel chains in the UK.

The Royal and The Clifton were owned by English Rose Hotels Scarborough Ltd which went into administration last August.

Britannia Hotels already owns the 382-bedroom Grand Hotel in the resort.

The hotels, which employ around 100 people, were marketed as going-concerns by the administrators.

English Rose Hotels Scarborough Ltd called in administrators Duff and Phelps due to what it said were significant debts and tax arrears.

The Royal Hotel is a 3-star, 118-bedroom hotel and had an asking price of between £7.5 and £8m.

The 2-star, 70-bedroom Clifton Hotel was on the market for between £2 and £2.25m.

Britannia Hotels already owns 37 other hotels across the UK.

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