In 1870 fire threatened Cook’s Royal Hotel, and only a year later despite extra precautions extinguishing candles, the pine building was destroyed by fire. By 1903 the Australian handbook noted the town had twelve hotels including the Royal. The hotel was rebuilt by 1910 as a two-storey building described by the press as ‘one of the most ornamental and comfortable wooden buildings in Queensland’, but it again burnt to the ground in 1915. In 1916 the wooden building was replaced by a ‘modern’ two-storey brick structure which opened in December 1916. In December 1917, however, the ‘new’ Royal Hotel was destroyed by fire. In November 2014, the restored Royal Hotel, again a wooden two-storey building (McDowall Street) was destroyed by fire. queenslandplaces.com.au/roma
Rising from the ashes the ROYAL on Ninety-Nine opened in its doors in a new state-of-the-art building on Friday 15th July 2016.
The new building, the project of long standing Roma residents The Garvie Family. Uniquely and very proudly the ROYAL on Ninety-Nine was built, outfitted and completed by locals at every opportunity. During construction the Royal on Ninety-Nine engaged the services of more than 90 locals from the Maranoa region.
The ROYAL on Ninety-Nine is located at the heart of McDowall street, Roma. The hotel features 4 well appointed bars, including Roma’s only rooftop bar. Each stock a wide range of wine, cocktails, spirits and local and international craft beers.