NH The Lord Charles Hotel, which has been a hospitality feature of Somerset West in the Cape Winelands for 32 years, will be closing its doors at the end of August. This decision is as a result of a feasibility study made by operating company Minor Hotels last year.
After conducting the feasibility study in October 2019, Minor Hotels (the operators of the NH brand in South Africa) decided not to extend its lease of the hotel. This notice was given to the owners of the NH The Lord Charles property earlier this year, on the 1st of March 2020.
“The property will be handed back to the owner on conclusion of the current lease, on 31 August 2020,” says a media statement, issued by Minor Hotels. “NH hotels is not in a position to comment on the future of the property thereafter, this will be decided by the property owners. The property owners stated they do not require the property to be returned as a going concern and to cease operations.”
“As a consequence the team members, many of whom have been with the hotel for many years will unfortunately be retrenched,” the statement continues. “NH Hotels are fully committed to ensuring all team member dues and entitlements as result of this decision will be fully provided for prior to the conclusion of lease.”