Former Llandudno guest house for the blind reopens as hotel after £1m refurb


Suzanne Jordan

A FORMER guest house for the visually impaired has 'officially' reopened as a boutique hotel following a revamp costing more than £1million.

The Belmont Hotel, on North Parade, was previously owned by the Royal Blind Society. In 2015, leisure group Northern Powerhouse Developments purchased the building for £500,000.

The hotel underwent a huge refurbishment and opened its doors on Saturday. An “exclusive” launch party is being held on Thursday. The Belmont is now home to a new steak restaurant – The Grill at North Parade.

In Conwy, The Erskine Arms is preparing to open. Owners Stange & Co Ltd have put 12 months of labour, two years of planning and more than £500,000 worth of investment into revamping the Malt Loaf on Church Street into the Erskine Arms. The traditional pub, expected to open this month, is to serve "fresh" locally sourced homemade food and will offer 10 boutique guest bedrooms. Stange & Co also own The Cottage Loaf and The Snowdon in Llandudno and The Glengower in Aberystwyth.

The Erskine Arms have shared photos on their Facebook of the revamped interior.

They posted: “We are getting closer to opening the doors to The Erskine Arms - exciting things happening everyday now. Beds have started to arrive for our beautiful rooms, floors are being waxed and carpets are being laid.”

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