Newport Towers was a large hotel and motel complex, built of concrete and reconstituted stone, on the A38 Gloucester – Bristol main road. It had 56 bedrooms, a ballroom and two conference rooms.
Superstar cricketer Ian Botham undertook a massive charity walk in the autumn of 1985 when he walked from John O’Groats to Lands End. His original targe of £100,000 was met by the time he reached Gloucestershire and it was hoped that his efforts would raise up to £1 million. The Gloucestershire leg from Tewkesbury via Gloucester on Wednesday 20th November ended at the Newport Towers Hotel on the A38 where he stayed overnight.
The Citizen. Saturday, October 1st, 1988: Transferred: One of the county’s best-known motels is changing hands. Licensing watchdogs in Stroud, yesterday granted a temporary licence to Cardiff based Jesbrow Limited, the new owners of the Newport Towers Motel on the A38 near Berkeley. The new licensee will be Beatrice Abraham from Penarth.
It ceased trading in October 2006 and was due to undergo development after 13 years of standing empty. There have been several planning applications put forwards proposing various developments. A detailed application for housing and a community shop on the site was approved by Stroud District Council in June 2019.
A huge fire broke out at the derelict hotel during the early hours of Sunday 6th September 2020. Five appliances tackled the fire which was started deliberately by arsonists. Crews fought the blaze for three hours.
The Newport Towers Hotel was finally demolished in November 2020 and 39 homes and a community shop are being built on the site.