An iconic hotel on the Isle of Portland is up for sale.

The flagship 66-bed Portland Heights Hotel, which overlooks the Jurassic Coast, has been put up for sale for offers in excess of £3,750,000.

The hotel also features the View Café which opened in 2019. It is open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week serving a range of hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks. 

In 2016 a planning application was submitted to the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council - now separated into Weymouth and Portland Councils respectively - to demolish the hotel and replace it with a new hotel and flats. They voted unanimously against the plans.

The importance of the hotel for local jobs and the community has been stressed by the Mayor of Portland, Carralyn Parkes.

She said: "Portland Heights Hotel is a local institution.

"Everyone on Portland has visited the hotel at some point, whether it is for a coffee or a meal or on remembrance day when we congregate there.

"I hope the hotel sells quickly and there is a smooth transition with no loss of jobs.

"My worries are for jobs. Lots of people depend on The Heights hotel, so it would be a big concern if any jobs were to be affected by a sale.

"It is a business and needs to be maintained as one because its performance as a hotel has been good.

"I certainly would oppose any strategy to turn it into housing."

The hotel has large function rooms and meeting facilities, with the largest room having a 160-person capacity in a theatre layout.

The listing says there is an "opportunity to enlarge the accommodation facilities" with planning consent granted for the conversion of the former squash court block into 16 additional letting bedrooms

There is also a redundant basement that housed a former sauna and steam room, which could be repurposed by a new owner.

A spokesperson for Christie & Co, the property advisor for the Hotel said said: "Our client has owned the hotel for over 30 years, however, does not take an active role in the hotel business due to other full-time business commitments. The hotel is run by a full team of staff who handle all the day-to-day operations."