Thieves have stolen a significant amount of tools from Buxton’s Palace Hotel.
Sometime between 5pm on Monday and 7am on Tuesday, offenders climbed scaffolding and broke into the Station Road building, which is currently undergoing renovation work.
Police said the criminals made off with “a lot of money’s worth” of equipment, including drills and ladders.
A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “We’re investigating this offence and we’re urging witnesses or anyone with information to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Last month, planning chiefs gave the green light for more bedrooms at the hotel.
New owners Britannia Hotels applied to High Peak Borough Council for permission to convert parts of the Victorian building – including basement and storage space – into 13 en-suite bedrooms and new offices.
Privately-owned UK chain Britannia Hotels bought the 122-bedroom, Grade II-listed property last year.
It was put up for sale by The Hotel Collection in November, 2014, with a £7million price tag.
Last June, Alex Langsam, managing director of Britannia Hotels, expressed his delight at the purchase of the Palace Hotel.
“We look forward to lavishing time and attention on the Palace Hotel to restore it to its true former glory,” he added.
“I am proud of Britannia’s track record in sympathetically restoring heritage properties across the UK and providing hospitality to our guests.”
Founded in 1976, Cheshire-based Britannia Hotels manages a portfolio of nearly 50 hotels across the UK. Among its best-known hotels are the Adelphi in Liverpool and the Britannia in Manchester.
The company also owns the Pontin’s holiday camp chain.
Designed by London architect Henry Currey and built in 1868, the Palace Hotel is a prominent feature of the Buxton skyline on the hill above the railway station.
Over the years, the hotel has been the venue for thousands of occasions, including weddings, birthday celebrations and Christmas parties.
It is one of Buxton’s longest-running businesses and has always been a major employer in the town.