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The inspector visits a new hotel located in the building once occupied by the Coventry Telegraph.

The deed matter: The inspector calls a new hotel located in the building once occupied by the Coventry Telegraph, and says it is a welcome addition to the UK City of Culture in 2021.

  • The owners have done their best to preserve the theme of the newspaper.
  • In a hallway on the ground floor there are newspapers from yesteryear
  • The inspector’s room is a duplex: a living room on the ground floor, a bedroom on the upper floor.


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You don’t have to like newspapers to enjoy a stay at the Telegraph in Coventry, but it won’t hurt if you do.

For more than 50 years, the local newspaper, first known as the Midland Daily Telegraph, then the Coventry Evening Telegraph and now the Coventry Telegraph, occupied this modern building on Belgrade Plaza in the city center.

And the new owners have done everything they can to preserve the theme of the newspaper. The ‘editor’s entrance’ is still there, the first few pages line the restaurant’s walls, and a ‘Darkroom in use’ sign glows outside a room on the first floor.

The Inspector checks in with the Telegraph, pictured above, and admires the preservation of the newspaper theme throughout

The Inspector checks in with the Telegraph, pictured above, and admires the preservation of the newspaper theme throughout

The hotel is a 'welcome addition' to Coventry, according to The Inspector

The hotel is a 'welcome addition' to Coventry, according to The Inspector

The hotel is a ‘welcome addition’ to Coventry, according to The Inspector

In a hallway on the ground floor are newspapers from yesteryear, including several from May 1987, when Coventry City won the FA Cup, causing the cathedral bells to ring for the first time in 100 years.

Coventry is the UK’s City of Culture in 2021 and is unlike anywhere else in the country. Famously devastated by Luftwaffe bombs in WWII, it is a new city, but suddenly you will see a small Georgian or Victorian building that escaped the attack.

The cathedral may not be to everyone’s taste, but building such a thing from the rubble of the one that was destroyed in 1940 was genuinely heroic. When I look around teatime, a huge choir of all ages, creeds, and colors is practicing on the scoundrel’s end.

“You don’t have to like newspapers to enjoy a stay at the Telegraph in Coventry,” says The Inspector

The photo shows the Cathedral Church of San Miguel, which the inspector says 'may not be to everyone's taste'

The photo shows the Cathedral Church of San Miguel, which the inspector says 'may not be to everyone's taste'

The photo shows the Cathedral Church of San Miguel, which the inspector says ‘may not be to everyone’s taste’

TRAVEL FACTS

The Telegraph, 157 Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GU. Doubles from £ 78. For more information, call 024 7526 2885 or visit telegraph-hotel.com.

Classification:

Our room is a duplex: a small living room on the ground floor, a bedroom and a bathroom on the upper floor (with a framed doorway from 1950). It’s not exactly cozy and you can’t open the window. We think it’s meant to be modern, but you would rather stay in a smaller room that’s on only one level.

The open-plan restaurant on the ground floor is in action throughout the day and night.

My chicken liver parfait is disappointing, but I have no complaints about the large Chicken Caesar entrée.

Overall, it’s hard to avoid the feeling that it’s still an office building, and the morning breakfast has a canteen spirit, in part due to having to queue at the buffet to buy baked beans, tomatoes, fried eggs, etc.

But Coventry isn’t exactly packed with decent hotels, so this one, which just opened, is a welcome addition.

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