Prized dearly for its Second Empire Architecture. Although it was originally built as a private residence in 1869 by William Ritchie as a wedding gift, the hotel was vacant for several years after they decided to open in up for tenants. In 1897, it was used as a local church and a private school until 1906. It was again repurposed as a hotel but only until the Roaring Twenties did the hotel gain a steady influx of travellers. Due to the budding tourism in Annapolis Royal, the vintage architecture became popular and sought-after to travellers and history-lovers alike.
In 1787, Prince William visited Nova Scotia and met the ambitious Frances Wentworth. Succumbing to Mrs. Wentworth's charms, the young prince returned again in 1788. After years of scandal and distance, their friendship was mended when the prince displayed great support to Frances' husband as the Governor of Nova Scotia during the American Revolution. When the young prince ascended the throne in 1830, Dr. Bolman constructed the home to commemorate the coronation. The house was later purchased by John Zwicker to take advantage of the booming West Indian Trade. Under the Zwicker family's ownership, the hotel underwent renovations transforming it to a Georgian-Victorian blend of architecture until 1953.