New owners of Scottish hotel to ban alcohol sales in new wellness rebrand


A hotel in Scotland is going to ban the sale of alcohol to customers and guests as part of an overhaul of the business by its new owners.

The Stromness Hotel on Orkney has been acquired by Paymán Investments and will be rebranded with a new identity focused on wellness.

As part of the transformation, the site will no longer sell alcohol once renovations are complete, but will still allow people to bring their own when they attend private functions.

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Chief executive at Paymán Investments Na’ím Anís Paymán said he was prepared to ‘take the financial hit’ to protect people’s health and wellbeing.

Speaking on social media, he added: “Selling alcohol is actually extremely profitable. But it is a major negative contributing factor to the physical and mental wellbeing of a large proportion of society.

“If I can save one life, I’d rather take the financial hit.”

Instead of alcohol, flower and herbal-based drinks will be offered on the menu in its place, as part of a new health focused range of experiences due to be introduced at The Stromness Hotel.

The site’s Flattie Bar will also be reconfigured under the new plans.

The team confirmed that although alcohol won’t be on sale throughout the premises, guests attending private functions such as weddings and birthday parties would be able to bring their own booze with them.

Though most people on social media seemed positive about the change, a few questioned if people would still book weddings at a hotel that doesn’t serve alcohol.

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