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Staff laid off as Belfast hotel to close for foreseeable future

by Gareth Cross

Staff have been laid off at Belfast's Lansdowne Hotel as the premises has been shut down indefinitely to under go extensive renovations.

As the hotel will be closed for an unknown period all staff at the hotel have lost their jobs.

However a spokesperson for English budget chain Metro Inns who bought the hotel in 2012 for around £700,000 has said that staff will be able to return to their jobs when the hotel finally reopens.

Metro Inns bought the hotel after it suddenly went out of business when the former owners Welcome Hotels entered administration.

At the time around 30 staff were employed in the 25-bedroom hotel.

It's understood a post was placed on the Facebook page of the Lansdowne Hotel in north Belfast saying it was "closed for business" before it was later removed - sparking speculation over its future.

A spokesperson for Metro Inns said that it was impossible to determine how long the hotel would be closed for.

"On April 11 the Lansdowne Hotel called an emergency meeting with all staff members to inform them that effective immediately the hotel would be shut for major refurbishment," the spokesperson said.

"This refurbishment was originally scheduled for early summer but had to be brought forward due to immediate health and safety concerns following a recent Environmental Inspection.

"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."

They said it was unknown which banner the hotel would reopen under.

"The Northern Ireland regional director has suffered from serious ill health since Summer 2017 and this has had an impact on the level of standard at The Lansdowne Hotel," the spokesperson said.

"Due to the director's ongoing issues, they will step down formally from their role and will not be continuing at the Lansdowne Hotel in the future. At this time, it is not known if the Lansdowne Hotel, when reopened, will operate under it's former Metro Inns banner.

"Management are working on contacting all customers in the next couple of days who had future bookings in the Hotel. For enquiries about bookings made, please send an email, with your contact details and details of booking to"

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