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A Tale of Two Aviemore Hotels

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Hotel No. 1: Management at Aviemore Coylumbridge Hotel caused outrage when they suddenly sacked staff and kicked them out of their live-in accommodation asking them to leave immediately although many had nowhere else to go: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-hotel-slammed-after-firing-21722233

Hotel No.2: The nearby Old Bridge hotel offers free accommodation to those Colyumbridge staff affected: (Facebook link) https://tinyurl.com/t6lksj3
Quote: We’ve been hearing some news about local staff (from a well known hotel) facing immediate redundancy and homelessness.
We’ve had many cancellations in our bunkhouse here and if we can help you out, please drop us a line at sayhello@aviemore-bunkhouse.com.
There are beds here for you till you work out your next steps. Get in touch people. We gotcha x
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How it shouldn’t and should be done.
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Can't wait to get back there. The Old Bridge Inn and the Skiing Doo / Doo Below get most of my custom.

And even with the HIE/funicular nonsense and people saying to avoid Cairngorm, and that there are other ski resorts, I do intend to visit Cairngorm and continue to support those few select businesses which have served me well. That colyumbridge hotel isn't one that's ever been on my radar, and probably never will be.
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Macdonald Aviemore hotel has also offered the displaced workers somewhere to stay
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Thank God there are some decent people about.
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As an employer and all-round fair person, I can’t comprehend how anyone can do that to another human being.
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The Coylumbridge Hotel is owned by Britania hotels. They are known everywhere as being dumps. The one in manchester is just a knocking shop for pickups around the area.
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Aviemore Coylumbridge Hotel is part of Britannia , the chain regarded as the worst in the UK.

I wonder why.
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Thank God there are some decent people about.


Och... it was nothing really Happy
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Abysmal behaviour by Britannia hotels, I see they are trying to backtrack now and say they make a mistake saying they also had to be out of their digs.
That hotel was a Hilton last time I stayed, when did that change? I've had the misfortune of staying in a couple of Britannia hotels over the years, they are the pits.
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I quite liked the Coylumbridge when it was a Hilton, used to be good value outside of peak holiday periods. Don’t think I’ll be going back there now.
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This brings out the best and the worst in people. I will make sure I never stay in a Britannia hotel. I feel sorry for anyone who still works for them. Let’s hope the sacked workers end up in a much better place. Well done the Aviemore community.
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I heard that poor Spaniard on the radio this morning and I thought that immediately...
Its understandable that they had to close down and lay off staff but there was no need to kick them out of their digs.

They could all look after themselves, perhaps do some maintenance jobs, who was going to use their accommodation anyway.

The decision was obviously made by a heartless lady's front bottom.
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This infamous interview with a senior Britannia Hotels employee , from a few years ago, gives an idea of their culture...

http://youtube.com/v/ivOxiS7dB9A

Well done to the other local hotels for their compassion and practical help.
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Gufo wrote:
This brings out the best and the worst in people. I will make sure I never stay in a Britannia hotel. I feel sorry for anyone who still works for them. Let’s hope the sacked workers end up in a much better place. Well done the Aviemore community.


I've never actually been to Scotland - it was on the list for this year. We definitely won't be staying in that or any other Britannia hotel whenever we go.

Also, there are companies that that deserve to weather the current storm...
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Relax folks, it was just an “administrative error”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-51972372

Yeah, right
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One of the worst hotels in Blackpool is theirs. If you want a laugh check out their Tripadvisor ratings https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g186332-d192734-Reviews-Norbreck_Castle_Hotel-Blackpool_Lancashire_England.html
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@PeakyB, Thats a cracking interview Very Happy
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@agw clearly it was an "administrative error"; Their administrators made an error in predicting how bad the publicity would be...
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@agw clearly it was an "administrative error"; Their administrators made an error in predicting how bad the publicity would be...


Quite. Bunch of weasels. Check out the "Taking the latest government advice..." excuse in the original letter.
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It's not an "administrative error" they are, or were attempting, to do it nationwide :-

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/pontins-staff-axed-left-homeless-17957428

If you can't get the link to work, dailypost website is not good, Pontins is owned by britannia
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Yep - seems Nationwide

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/21/hotel-chain-brittania-makes-uk-staff-homeless-coronavirus-sackings-12434115/
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Was the coylumbridge once a Stakis in 1990s? If so it has really descended. If it was that I have fond memories of it being a nice hotel and it then had a learn to ski package which is how I got hooked.
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@countryman, You are right, it was Stakis then bought over by Hilton, used to be a very good hotel, believe Hilton still own the timeshare.
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@countryman, @larry1950, (to my 6 year old eyes). It even had an ICE RINK, IN A HOTEL!
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