Royal Hotel Proposals

Published: 31 May 2018

Council Plans to Save The Royal Hotel

Following an Extraordinary Town Council Meeting, on Tuesday 29th May 2018, Bognor Regis Town Council unanimously agreed to investigate the viability of trying to save The Royal Hotel and return it to its former glory. It’s currently on the market with planning permission to convert it into luxury flats.

The Royal Hotel, built in 1888, enjoys a fantastic location on the Esplanade overlooking the sea, and is a 3-storey building with cast iron balconies and rails at the bottom of window cills, and a row of classic Doric pillars at the entrance porch.

Having successfully purchased and restored the Picturedrome Cinema the Council is keen to do the same with this iconic hotel designed by architect and surveyor Arthur Smith, who designed the Picturedrome and Reynolds Building in the Town.

The Town Clerk, Mrs Glenna Frost, said:

“The Council, through their Corporate Strategy, are committed to preserving the glorious heritage of our Town and have a strong track record of doing so. If successful, it is hoped that The Royal Hotel will be brought back into use as a boutique hotel and even include training facilities for new chefs and other related staff for this industry. The Council is also exploring the possibility of it being used in part for new Council offices and to include space for community use.”

But what do you think? We would like to hear your views.

Please email the Town Clerk, Mrs Glenna Frost, at:, or write to her at: Bognor Regis Town Council, The Town Hall, Clarence Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1LD and tell us whether or not you support the Council’s plans. Please also indicate whether you live in the six wards of Bognor Regis. If you are not sure of this please provide your postcode ONLY (not house number) and we can find this for you.