St James’s Hotel Group is reportedly set to close its 72-bedroomed Southampton Park Hotel on February 10.
One of Southampton’s best-known hotels has only been on the market two months and the team of 40 staff were apparently surprised at the decision to close the establishment.
According to the Daily Echo, staff at the Cumberland Place hotel, who thought that the proposed sale would mean another hotel taking over the building, were informed of the closure last week and removal firms have already began clearing the furniture.
The closure follows the operator’s announcement to sell its 59-bedroomed Lyndhurst Park Hotel, also based in Hampshire, after making losses. The property was put on the market last November for £2.5million with the plan to sell it for residential or commercial redevelopment.
Formerly the Royal Hotel, in 1980 it changed its name to the Southampton Park Hotel following a change of ownership. It was popular venue for Saints players and regularly hosted stars performing at the nearby Mayflower Theatre.
St James’s Hotel group acquired the hotel in 2011 after it was put up for sale for a second time in under a year.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Gerry Walden, a retired wedding photographer in Southampton, said: “I think it’s sad. It’s a hotel I have known for years. It’s always very sad when something like that goes to the wall.”
No comment has been made by the St James’s Hotel Group.