The Quality Hotel was opened on May 1, 1970, as the Mayflower Post House, and described in The Herald at the time as being the finest hotel site in Europe. It took 18 months to build at a cost of £700,000, and has been uncharitably described by planners as a negative example of 1970s brutalist architecture.
The building went through different owners, and was even the Holiday Inn, until the firm bought what was the Plymouth Hoe Moat House, in Armada Way, and renamed it in 2004. At the same time, the Cliff Road building became the Quality Hotel.
The hotels slab-like form and concrete elevations have been described as of negative quality by the Hoe Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan. Plymouth City Council has said previously that it would support its redevelopment. The authority also said it would seek high quality, memorable building design solutions, but stated the new building height would be similar to that of the existing structure.
The Site Finally Closed Suddenly January 21, 2014 where Guests were asked to vacate the premises by 11am with new arrivals having their bookings cancelled while on their way to the city. Most recently the former hotel has now been torn down and another part of Plymouth's History has been destroyed for good.