The Rock Hotel was built by John Chrichton-Stuart, the Marquis of Bute in 1932 and it was acquired by its present owners, The Bland Group in 1959. Like the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, The Rock has been a magnet for royalty and the rich and famous. As well as Sir Winston Churchill, Errol Flynn, Alec Guinness and Sean Connery, John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed at the hotel and exchanged their wedding vows in one of its private rooms. The history of The Rock Hotel is part of the history of Gibraltar itself.
More recently the Rock Hotel has been the venue for BBC’s ‘New Tricks’ which was shot on the property while the cast stayed in the hotel which remains the preferred choice for visiting celebrities and dignitaries today. These famous visitors are immortalised at the hotel in its ‘Hall of Fame’ gallery.
Today the hotel’s 1930’s origins are evident in the subtle colours and timeless décor which combines elements of Gibraltar’s colonial heritage with more contemporary touches.