Belfast hotel for sale after closure confusion and staff laid off

A hotel in Belfast which closed its doors two weeks ago unexpectedly after a failed health and safety inspection has now put out the for-sale signs.

The Lansdowne Hotel, which is owned by Metro Inns, shut immediately after the inspection brought to light a number of ‘serious’ issues, with staff called to an emergency meeting and told not to return until a refurbishment was completed.

At the time bosses said it is ‘impossible to judge the length of closure of the business’ due to the seriousness of the safety issues involved, but did confirm that the director of the hotel had formally stepped down.

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A statement from Metro Inns at the time also said that when Lansdowne Hotel reopened it was not known whether it would continue to operate under the brand’s banner.

Now the three-storey, 25-bedroom hotel, complete with lounge bar, function suite and conservatory, has been listed by property agent Osbourne King

The hotel was bought by English budget chain Metro Inns in 2012 for around £700,000 after it went out of business when the former owners Welcome Hotels entered administration.

 

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