Plymouth hotel coached by Alex Polizzi closes with 12 job losses

11 January 2013 by
Plymouth hotel coached by Alex Polizzi closes with 12 job losses

The Hotel Inspector - in 2010 - has closed and 12 staff have been made redundant after the property fell into administration.

Nigel Morrison and James Stares of Grant Thornton have been appointed as joint administrators of both the trading company, The Astor Hotel Limited, and also Joseph Louei and Sons (Holdings) Limited, which owns the site.

The administration follows the failure of the Astor Hotel Limited's Company Voluntary Arrangement, which had commenced on 2 March 2012. The hotel has been making a loss for some time, and that it would not have been commercially viable to trade it in administration during the winter.

The hotel will be marketed for sale immediately.

Last year Joseph Louei was ordered by an employment tribunal to pay £40,000 in compensation to chef Adam O'Dee, who won his claim for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and minimum pay. The tribunal heard that 23-year-old O'Dee, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome and dyslexia, was paid only £95 per week. He resigned from the hotel after suffering harassment and victimisation by Louei.

During The Hotel Inspector, Polizzi criticised Louei for continually "arguing the toss".

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