Staff made redundant as Aberdeen hotel shuts down

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An Aberdeen hotel is to close after its owner went into liquidation.

The DoubleTree by Hilton on Beach Boulevard will not re-open following the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff have been made redundant as a result.

A statement from Hilton said: "The owner of DoubleTree Aberdeen City Centre, Ability Hotels (Aberdeen), has informed us that it is no longer viable for the company to continue to trade and that the directors of the company are placing the company into liquidation.

"As a result, the hotel will remain closed and team members have been informed by their employer, Ability Hotels (Aberdeen), that they will be made redundant.

"We are saddened by this news and wish the team at the hotel well, in what we appreciate is a very difficult time."

Martyn Giles, head of asset management for the Ability Group, said: "The huge impact in the slump of the oil market in recent years and most recently Covid-19, DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre is no longer a viable business and is being placed in liquidation with immediate effect.

"The Ability Group have explored every avenue to keep the hotel open for many months now and retain the loyal team members but ultimately and to our extreme disappointment this has proved not be possible.

"Every team member has been written to personally and provided detailed information on the whole process.

"We understand this is very upsetting for the team, many of whom who have worked at the hotel for a number of years and we would like to thank them for their service and wish them well for the future and stay safe and well in these difficult times."

It comes after the Hilton Treetops hotel in Aberdeen shut its doors earlier this year.

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