Hidden marble floor revealed after 50 years at the Queen's Hotel

A MARBLE floor hidden under a carpet for 50 years at one of Portsmouth's historic hotels has been revealed during a revamp.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 26th July 2017, 12:31 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:17 pm
The marble floor at Southsea's Queen's Hotel has been unveiled after 50 years

The stunning black and white floor is in the ground-floor lounge of Southsea's Queen's Hotel.

It was under a red carpet for the past 50 years and was rediscovered after a consortium purchased the hotel with the intention to transform it with a £7m refurbishment.

The plan for the hotel is for it to have 104 bedrooms, including penthouses, and to reopen and refurbish ares of the building that have been closed for many years.

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The previous red carpet

It is hoped to become a four-star hotel that can accommodate visiting dignitaries and celebrities.

A fine-dining restaurant and jazz bar in the basement are part of the proposals.

The second part of the ground-floor refurbishment is expected to start this September.

General manager Amanda Gilmore said: 'A lot of people do not realise that they can simply pop in for a coffee or use the bars that are open to the public.'

The previous red carpet