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Scott of Antarctic hotel 'saved'

Captain Robert Scott
Captain Robert Scott at the Antarctica base campaign

The future of a hotel where Scott of the Antarctic planned his ill-fated expedition, has been secured by being taken over by a UK chain.

The 64-bedroom Royal Hotel in St Mary Street, Cardiff - which employs 30 people - has been rescued after six months in administration.

Now Legacy Hotels and Resorts have secured a three-year management deal.

Scott held a fund-raising dinner there in 1910 before he sailed from Cardiff on the Terra Nova for the South Pole.

The hotel is now famous for that oak-panelled dining room which was named after Robert Falcon Scott.

The Royal first opened in 1866 but closed for seven years before re-opening as a boutique hotel after £6m refurbishment in 2005.

The Royal had been operated for three years by the Niche Hotels' Group until it went into administration last December.

The Royal Hotel, Cardiff
The Royal Hotel is more than 140 years old

The new management has a contract until 2012 after the administrators surrendered the lease back to the landlord.

Legacy Hotel's Chief Executive Officer Andy Townsend said: "We are excited to be operating this boutique hotel which is in a prime location in Cardiff city centre near the Millennium Stadium.

"Around 30 staff have retained their jobs at The Royal Hotel and we are now focused on re-setting the business and correctly establishing it as one of the city's key destinations after the period of uncertainty.

"We are experienced in managing hotels throughout the UK and we have developed a reputation for turning around businesses which have struggled for one reason or another.

Mr Townsend added he was confident they will develop the hotel into the "a strong thriving business in the heart of Cardiff".

Legacy Hotels also manages a hotel in Llanberis in Gwynedd and has four associate hotels in Llangollen and Llanelli.



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