Staff at an Aberdeen hotel have been made redundant after its owners plunged into liquidation.
Ability Hotels, who ran the Hilton DoubleTree on the city’s Beach Boulevard, closed the venue with immediate effect yesterday.
The firm has told about 90 employees they will be made redundant.
Martyn Giles, head of asset management for the Ability Group, blamed the “huge impact in the slump of the oil market” in recent years combined with the impact of Covid-19.
He stressed that bosses had “explored every avenue” for months before deciding to shut the 168-room hotel which was built in 1996.
A Hilton spokeswoman said: “The owner of DoubleTree Aberdeen City Centre, Ability Hotels (Aberdeen), has informed us that it is no longer viable for the company to continue to trade and that the directors of the company are placing the company into liquidation.
“As a result, the hotel will remain closed and team members have been informed by their employer, Ability Hotels (Aberdeen), that they will be made redundant.
“We are saddened by this news and wish the team at the hotel well, in what we appreciate is a very difficult time.”
The closure comes after the Hilton DoubleTree Treetops Hotel on Springfield Road in Aberdeen closed unexpectedly in February, leaving scores of employees out of work.
Its owners said “difficult trading conditions” meant it could not stay open.
North East MSP Liam Kerr said: “I honestly believe the UK Government’s job retention scheme has been the only thing protecting tens of thousands of north-east jobs.”