The historic Rose and Crown in Tring will no longer offer hotel accommodation under newly agreed plans.
Regret was expressed at a meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee about the loss of the hotel, which has offered weary travellers rest since the 17th century.
Councillors gave the go-ahead to convert the striking building into a restaurant, retail unit and flats despite calls for the hotel to stay and concerns about traffic.
Former councillor and historian Tim Amsden told the meeting: “It has been a hostelry since the 17th century. It was the centre of the community. It’s essential to the functioning of the town centre in many ways.”
Councillor Olive Conway said: “I’m very sorry it won’t be a hotel any more because it has been there for hundreds of years.”
The plans, which were delegated with a view to approval, include 36 new homes in the existing building and in two newly-constructed blocks at the rear, which will be accessed through a re-opened central gateway.
A report to councillors states: “There are no policies which explicitly protect the hotel use.
“The proposed development would have no adverse impact on the character of the conservation area and will improve the appearance of the Rose and Crown and provide a focal front piazza.”
Councillor John Whitman said: “I have been going to the Rose and Crown for many years and it has been going downhill.
“It might be a lovely thing to keep but people can’t afford to do this any more. It’s not nice to see the thing go but at the end of the day you have to move with the times and it will create housing.”
The hotel, built in 1906 to replace an old coaching inn, operated until March as a 27-bedded three star establishment.