The ornate finery of the turn of the century exterior has always hinted at her elegant past, and despite the neglect of recent years, her Edwardian Baroque grandeur still commands respect.
The new owners – a consortium led by hotelier Farid Yeganeh, are passionate about the future for the Queens Hotel. Speaking to Farid, the excitement is palpable. While there have been major challenges to overcome – only 60 per cent of the rooms had hot water when they took over in 2017 and the top floor had been closed for years – there have been many rewards already.
“Every day she is revealing something new to us – we are all on a journey, and its one we would like everyone to join us on,” said Farid.
Over its lifetime the hotel has welcomed many famous guests including royalty and major players on the political stage. It has also been a favourite with local Southsea families who chose to celebrate important events such as weddings and birthdays within her ornate walls.
Interior designer Rebecca Peach has been let loose on the majestic splendour of the Queens Hotel in Southsea - and her stylish use of colour and texture do not disappoint. She has been careful to work with the inherent beauty of the building, while adding contemporary flourishes that ensure the final scheme is at once dramatic and welcoming.
Visitors to the Queens Hotel can marvel at the beauty of the Elizabeth Room with its shimmering gold leaf ceiling panels and window lambrequins. And the lobby is currently being re-imagined.
“We are working on an amazing design to bring the beautiful lobby together in a stunning and elegant way. We have reinstalled a period Statuary marble fireplace and acquired an amzing antiqued mirror from Dominic Schuster. I have lots more period and modern features being made and designed that will make the space the finest hotel lobby in the south,” she said.