THE WORST HOTEL IN SCOTLAND
In the last 24hrs, many people have been shocked by Britannia Hotels who own The Coylumbridge Hotel in the Highlands.
Staff at the hotel were sacked and made homeless amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The owners of the Coylumbridge Hotel near Aviemore told workers who live at the hotel complex to leave the premises immediately.
They were given a letter, dated 19 March, to say the hotel was “taking the latest government advice” and that staff employment had been terminated.
More than a dozen employees were given the letter from hotel manager Mark Johnston also telling them to vacate their accommodation immediately.
The letter said: “Taking the latest government advice, this letter is to confirm that with effect from 19 March 2020, your employment has been terminated and your services are no longer required.”
It added: “You are asked to vacate the hotel accommodation immediately, returning any company property.”
Britannia Hotels has been rated the worst hotel chain for the seventh year in a row.
In total, Britannia has 61 hotels across the UK, offering over 10,000 bedrooms to its guests in locations up and down the UK.
But in research compiled by Which? Revealed, guests gave the firm one-star ratings in nearly every category, including value for money, comfort and food and drink, getting an overall score of under 40%
After the backlash from virtually everyone in and out of the tourism sector, the situation got worse.
Today the Hotel despite laying off 30 workers with immediate effect, they have been advertising for more staff.
Hale-based Britannia Hotels proclaim that their employees “make them a market leader”.
But that will ring hollow with those who have been made redundant today and effectively homeless after being told to leave their hotel accommodation at a time when the risk from Coronavirus continues to grow at a fast pace.
TripAdvisor, the world’s biggest online travel company, has suspended reviews for the Coylumbridge Hotel as the storm continues. The budget hotel group is still trending on Twitter.
In a strap posted across the top of the hotel’s TripAdvisor review page it states: “Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing.
The chain of hotels as far as we are aware are owned by the directors Alexander Langsam and Robert Ferrari.
Mr Langsam is one of the wealthiest men in Britain, who in 2016 had an estimated fortune of £220m, featuring in The Sunday Times Rich List that year, sharing a spot with Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards.
Mr Langsam was also dubbed “the Asylum King” after raking in £14 million in a lucrative Home Office contract to house refugees in his budget hotels in 2014-15.
All in all the whole events is shocking and needs to be looked at by Government as to why and how an employer can treat staff in such a way during this difficult time for everyone.