New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LD

Tel: 01752 276798

Our History…

The New Continental Hotel has been meticulously restored, loved and refurbished continually by the Hajiyianni Family since 1984; offering old world charm, a warm family welcome and staff that are passionate about guests’ experiences during their time in Plymouth.

It’s not just how our Grand Old Lady stands today that we love so much, but how she has played such a vital role in the ever changing city around her large footprint.

Working within the hospitality sector, we get to share what we know and what we love about our hotel and a city we care so much about; which means our passion grows and our knowledge has to keep up! It’s interesting what you have to find out in order to answer guests intrigue and questions, and as a hotel it really is our responsibility to know our hotel and city well; not only what’s happening today but also, what happened in our yesteryears!


In the first half of the century there was very little here, in the Millbay area, John Smeaton had cleared a channel and erected a little wooden jetty in the bay’s south west corner in 1756, to set up base for the workings of the Eddystone Lighthouse.

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Neighbouring on to The Albion Hotels eastern side was the Royal Eye Infirmary.  Taking over what was the beautiful Georgian Buckland House in 1844.

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Nightclubs, jazz clubs and cocktail bars started to flourish in Plymouth from the early 20’s. The hedonistic lifestyle portrayed in books and films such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ was perhaps for some, an escape from reality.

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The heyday of our Grand Old Lady appeared to be over, come the 70’s; with the caravanning and camping scene growing in population, although the city was still a popular holiday destination, the competition of hotels was fierce and so times were harder than ever before.

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Steve Hajiyianni 1928-1996 Once again, the Continental Hotel changed hands in the 70’s, this time to a hotel group that already owned a hotel in Plymouth; the Duke Of Cornwall Hotel. The Hajiyianni family had been involved in the hospitality industry in Plymouth for two decades before acquiring the Continental Hotel in 1984.

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