Randolph Hotel removal men take away furniture before major revamp
Movers showed up at the Randolph Hotel to take away some old furniture before a six-month renovation.
Last year, the five-star hotel on Beaumont Street was bought by American chain Graduate Hotels, suggesting the hotel’s name might change.
But last week the bosses confirmed that it would keep its historic name.
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75 out of 84 employees were shocked to be told they would be fired before the renovation.
Moving staff said today the hotel’s furniture could be used in other graduate hotels.
Philip Lewis, the hotel’s general manager, previously said, “We are proud to have made significant investments in the careful renovation of this iconic property.”
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The chain previously said it was a “difficult decision” to lay off employees.
Mr Lewis added, “Mr Lewis added,” Like almost every hotel operation during this pandemic, we are saddened to have layoffs.
“We spent a lot of time with employees who advised them on future career choices.
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“However, we are unable to keep a full staff on while we are doing a full renovation of the property.”
Graduate Hotels have not yet announced the exact details of the redesign.
A possible name change to Graduate Oxford is now excluded.
The chain already has a Graduate Oxford Hotel in Mississippi, USA.
The hotel has not booked any guests after Saturday so renovation can begin.