This hotel closed in 2010 and opened back in 1966 where it was a 5* Hotel back then but was never modified since so therefore it was seen as old/deteriorating. There’s a series of bad reviews on tripadvisor from its later years which you can see within the below link:
The hotel was iconic for it’s city centre attraction and the fact that it had an underground carpark for its customers so therefore cars were seen as safe and protected during guest stays.
Ever since getting into buildings and the exploring malarkey I’ve always had my eye on this building due to roof and the fact that it’s central to the city so it’s guaranteed an amazing view! But like everyone else I heard stories such as it’s locked up and it’s owned by the police to train police dogs. Over the last couple of years there’s only been an hand full of reports and visits so I made it my mission to get into this beast and get on that roof! Over the past few months I’ve checked it out and had no success until I saw that someone got on the roof recently so I knew it was possible! After further scouting I couldn’t work a way in but I knew it had to be possible! After doing some chatting to people I knew and all that fun stuff I discovered an entry which didn’t look possible due to how small it was! I found out later that this was the access that’s been used recently so I knew it was sure possible! Big shout to the person who gave me an hot tip when it came to access assistance, you know who you are!
One rainy Sunday afternoon in April me & a good friend went for it and managed to get in the way we planned causing no damage; which was great, we was fully stoked! The access was challenging to say the least which we totally expected but it was sure was fun.
We made it our task to drag the explore out for a prolonged time so we got to the roof for when it was dark to get some night shots. After hours of going through all the rooms/floors we made it to the roof which was amazing! What was even better was he fact that it stopped raining and it turned out to be a very clear day! We got some shots and set a time-lapse going as we still had an hour or so till it went fully dark so we back in to check some rooms out and have a good chill, it was very cool having an entire complex the size of this to ourselves!
Out of the whole place only a couple of rooms still had original hotel stuff in them such as retro televisions, beds, shelving and all that sort of stuff! I didn’t expect to discover anything like this due to people who have been reporting it was ‘fully stripped out’ etc!
After the long wait we managed to get several day shots and night shots from the roof. It was a great feeling to get onto the top of an iconic building which not many people have been on and this is one day I’ll never forget; good vibes all round! However from our visit we must have stirred a question amongst people who are interested in this building as I received a few messages from people I’ve never spoken too asking how to get in, this is something I generally don’t disclose due to me personally putting a lot of hard work in to discovering access so I only believe it’s fair for them to do similar work to gain such a good reward! Later it became apparent that some people decided to break in a much easier way to the stealth/discreet way which we went which was annoying as this kinda ruined the fun and accomplishment! However the building is now sealed again from as far I’m concerned as our entry as well as the broken entry access is now sealed! It’s a great feeling to have photos what not many people have/desire!
Explored: April 2014
I managed to snag a quick video clip from the roof:
More photos can be seen from this visit on my Flickr: