In 2015 the Devonport Classic finisher dog tag featured the venerable Esplanade Hotel.
The story of The Esplanade Hotel begins in 1900 when a local company, Northern Property Limited purchased the old Flagstaff Hotel and plans were drawn up for a grand hotel to be built. The plans were modeled on the resort hotels of the English seaside towns of Brighton and Blackpool.
Construction of the £7000 hotel started in 1901 by leading builder of the time, William Cranston, and construction was completed in February 1903. The Esplanade Hotel quickly became established as a well run popular seaside resort hotel.