Port Talbot’s landmark Grand Hotel closed today (April 28) for the second time in two years.
Licensee Mark Hartson blamed the move on a downturn in trade, particularly in the hotel business, although the pub has been busy at the weekends.
Punch Taverns, which owns the 127-year-old building, said they were “actively recruiting a new operator and speaking with interested parties”.
Aberavon councillor Tony Taylor branded the closure “a tragedy”, while guests who had booked to stay at the hotel were far from happy.
One guest posted on Facebook: “To be fair I don’t think you are giving people enough notice to arrange alternative accommodation. We knew nothing about it until a few days ago when browsing this page. Costing up a further £190 for a room elsewhere.”
The hotel’s Facebook page invited people to “drink the pub dry” on its last night, yesterday evening.
Kristine James posted: “Had a brill night with my friends and the bar staff. It was a very emotional night! Wish the staff all the best and thanks for sharing my birthday with me.”
Sharon Alexander wrote: “Good luck to all the staff for the future, so sad to see it close. I worked there years ago for 13 years and really enjoyed. Good luck to you all.”