Licensed Solutions take over management of Delight Hotels

11 May 2013 by
Licensed Solutions take over management of Delight Hotels

The owners of six hotels, previously managed by Delight Hotels, hope that the appointment of a new operator will bring stability to the group.

Kristian Dijkstra, spokesperson for Mountain Capital, the asset management company for Washington Hotels, the company which owns the freehold of the properties, said that the staff at the hotels had experienced "a roller-coaster ride" in recent months.

Delight Hotels was appointed to run the properties after the previous operator, Brompton Hotels, went into administration, in January. The staff have since complained, on an on-going basis, of unpaid wages and utility bills.

Licensed Solutions, a company that specialises in turnarounds and restructuring properties in the hospitality industry, took over the running of the hotel on 9 May.

The hotels now being managed on an on-going basis by Licensed Solutions include the Chimney House, Sandbach; Honiley Court, Warwick; Madison hotel, Swindon; Redwood hotel, Bristol; Tewkesbury Park, near Cheltenham; and Waterloo hotel, Bracknell.

Dijkstra said that he hoped that under new management the hotels will now "build-up its clientele, see improved guest satisfaction and make lots of money" through improved performance.

"We are aware that several of the properties need considerable investment and will review the matter, taking a pro-active approach as required."

Meanwhile, Tony Tilden, director of Licensed Solutions, said that under TUPE regulations, the company would pay staff salaries from 9 May.

"It is the responsibility of the previous operators to pay any wages owed prior to that date," he explained.

"Our objective is to trade the hotels to the best of our abilities and to make them profitable for the foreseeable future."

Three days before Licensed Solutions was appointed, Kyriacos Kimitri, a director of Corby Hotels, which in turn is named as a director of Delight Hotels, told Caterer and Hotelkeeper that he was concerned that assets belonging to Delight - such as furniture and food and beverage stock - were still in the hotels.

Dijkstra said that an agreement has since been reached regarding all fixtures and fittings.

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