Crown Spa Hotel

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Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough
Blue plaque on the building

The Crown Spa Hotel (formerly the Crown Hotel) is a large hotel in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, overlooking the town's South Bay. Built in 1844, it was Scarborough's first purpose-built hotel and has been extensively renovated to 21st-century four-star status.


The original Crown Hotel was reputedly designed by Malton architect John Gibson[1][2][3] and opened by John Fairgray Sharpin on 10 June 1845.[1]It was one of the first purpose-built hotels in the world as well as the first in Scarborough.

The hotel has been a location for television and film productions, including Little Voice, Heartbeat, The Royal, and A is for Acid.

The hotel lost its 1978 "four-star" rating in the 1990s and was purchased by a new owner in February 2000. Four-star status was restored in 2008.[1]

Redevelopment controversy[edit]

In 2005, the hotel overcame objections by local residents and secured approval for plans to increase its accommodation to 161 bedrooms.[4] In 2007, there were successful public objections to decking and a gazebo erected in front of the hotel without planning permission, and to inappropriate artificial construction material.[5]


  1. ^ a b c About the hotel at official website
  2. ^ The Mount- John Gibson at Malton Buildings Group
  3. ^ "Scarborough". The Ridings of Yorkshire. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Hotel extension scheme approved. The Scarborough News, 9 November 2005
  5. ^ Hotel chief 'stunned' by planning decision. The Scarborough News, 4 February 2008
  • "Scarborough 150 Years of Hospitality" by Basics Plus Scarborough; 72 page paperback book sold locally
  • Scarborough library and information centre Vernon Road Local History section

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Coordinates: 54°16′36″N 0°23′59″W / 54.276800°N 0.399780°W / 54.276800; -0.399780