Devon

Plymouth's Astor hotel closes with the loss of 12 jobs

A coast-side hotel in Devon has gone into administration with the loss of 12 jobs.

The 54-bedroom Astor Hotel on Plymouth Hoe has closed and all 12 staff have been made redundant.

Administrators Grant Thornton said the hotel had been "making a loss for some time" and it would not have been commercially viable to trade during the "low season".

The hotel will be marketed for sale immediately.

In March 2012, the owner of the hotel, Joseph Louei, was told to pay more than £40,000 in compensation to an autistic chef he had paid £95 a week in wages.

The money was less than half the national minimum hourly rate of £6.08 for people aged 21 or over.

In 2010 it was also featured on the television programme The Hotel Inspector.

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