The owner of Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel, Andrew Brownsword, CBE, has vowed to rebuild England’s oldest hotel after it was destroyed by fire on Friday.
The hotel, which dates back to 1769 and that had conference and meeting facilities catering up to 100, caught fire in the early hours of the morning of 28 October.
All guests and staff were evacuated safely and emergency services were quick to bring the blaze under control, yet it remains unknown what started the fire.
Brownsword, said in statement: “Looking to the future of The Royal Clarence, we have every intention to rebuild the hotel with enormous sympathy to its importance and heritage, and to make it once again a building that the City of Exeter will be proud of.
“We have always said we believe we are merely custodians of the buildings our hotels operate within, and we pledge to do our very best to return The Royal Clarence to the city of Exeter and its people.”
Brownsword also took the opportunity to praise the hotel’s general manager, John Bradley, and his staff for the quick and safe evacuation of guests.
He added: “Amidst the tragedy, I have been reminded of the commitment, professionalism and dedication of so many people, and I would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support. Hotel general manager John Badley and his team not only fulfilled the most important function they could have done by ensuring all guests and staff were evacuated safely, but have since continued to offer help and support to all guests in a positive and extraordinarily professional manner. I am extremely proud of all the team.”
All guests, including those with conference and meeting bookings, are being contacted directly by the hotel, or those with enquiries can call 01392 319 955.