Mercure Hull Royal Hotel, Paragon Station, 170 Ferensway, Hull, 2013 • Built in 1849 and recently refurbished, this is at the start of Hull’s Philip Larkin trail. It’s described in his doleful poem “Friday Night at the Royal Station Hotel” as a place “Isolated, like a fort” where “silence laid like carpet”. Given which, I was particularly taken with this tiny scrap of mosaic ghost-flooring preserved in the foyer.
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