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The BEST WESTERN Ryokan Hotel, in Newcastle, has just been awarded first prize in the refurbishment category of the Lord Mayor’s Design Awards 2011.

The hotels Grade II listed building and former home to one of Newcastle’s best known pubs, the Balmoral, dating back to the 1840s, has been totally transformed into the hotel it is today.

When hotels owners bought the pub six years ago after it had fallen into despair and worked on a 24-month refurbishment process, giving the building a new lease of life.

The judges were impressed by the transformation of the derelict building and the dramatic interior refurbishment and as such awarded the hotel the top award on the night.

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