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Belfast hotel for sale after 30 staff laid off



The Lansdowne Hotel on the Antrim road, Belfast

The Lansdowne Hotel on the Antrim road, Belfast

The Lansdowne Hotel on the Antrim road, Belfast

The Lansdowne Hotel in north Belfast has gone on the market just two weeks after around 30 staff were laid off after management said it was about to go through a "major refurbishment".

The Antrim Road hotel has been listed by property agent Osborne King.

It made headlines last month when owners Metro Inns said the hotel would close for an urgent refurbishment following safety concerns arising from a recent Environmental Inspection.

A spokesman from Metro Inns said at the time: "Due to the seriousness of the safety issues involved, extensive investigations and work will have to be carried out and as such, it is impossible to judge the length of closure of the business.

"Due to this, all staff have to be laid off and when the hotel reopens for operation, those staff members will automatically be contacted to resume their duties."

However, the refurbishment will now be in the hands of a new buyer as the site enters the property market.

The three-storey hotel is made up of a lounge bar, function suite and conservatory areas. It has 25 en-suite bedrooms located across two floors. There is also car parking at the front of the property and a separate entrance to a restaurant space.

The Lansdowne was bought by UK hotel chain Metro Inns in 2012. Prior to the sale it was part of the Welcome Group, a family owned chain of hotels and Chinese restaurants.

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