Contents of the Swissôtel the Howard up for auction

24 October 2011 by
Contents of the Swissôtel the Howard up for auction

The entire contents of the recently closed Swissôtel the Howard in London are to go under the auctioneer's hammer tomorrow.

The auction follows the closure of the five-star, 189-bedroom hotel on 30 September as a result of plans by the property's owners, Land Securities, to redevelop the Arundel Great Court site, close to Covent Garden.

As the hotel had only just completed an extensive refurbishment - carried out by the operators, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics - many of the items for sale are in first-class order and have hardly been used.

The sale will appeal to buyers in search of individual items of furniture or equipment or looking to equip a new hotel at a fraction of the cost.

Mark Flynn of Pro Auction of Bath, the company running the sale, said: "The auction allows operators to trade up when aspiring to five-star standards and presents a rare opportunity to acquire quality assets quickly and cost-effectively from a large newly refurbished five-star hotel, only becoming available because of site development."

The sale is being held over two days at the Swissôtel the Howard, London Temple Place, London WC2R 2PR, starting at 10.30am tomorrow, with online bidding possible via

Viewing takes place today until 4.30pm.

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By Janet Harmer

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