THE FORMER manager of a hotel which suddenly closed down has blamed “irreconcilable differences” between herself and the owner
Clare Hassan issued a detailed statement to the Observer giving her account of what happened at the Sussex Edwardian Hotel in Eisenhower Drive, St Leonards last month.
The Observer has featured the plight of one couple who had to rearrange their wedding anniversary party and another who had to rearrange their wedding reception after their bookings could not be honoured
Miss Hassan claims she asked for a meeting with the owner Dr WT Maheswaren after realising she could not meet the monetary demands of the leasehold agreement signed in January.
The 28-year-old claims the Maheswaren family refused stating all future negotiations would take place through Heringtons solicitors.
The statement reads: “I apologise from the heart to all the good people whose special occasion, regular room hire, hotel booking and restaurant reservation has been affected by the sudden closure of the hotel due to irreconcilable differences between ourselves and the owner.
“Although the business was starting to build up, my business partner Ed and myself realised it would take a little longer to be able to meet the monetary demands of the leasehold.
“We were still awaiting a surveyors report on the condition of the property.
“We asked the owner Dr. WT Maheswaran could we meet up to discuss this on the week commencing April 9. He replied no, stating all future negotiations would take place through his lawyer.”
On April 14 Miss Hassan was asked to leave the property by Heringtons which she described as a “sickening blow.”
She then pleaded with Dr Maheswaren to stay at the hotel to complete immediate bookings which was turned down.
“We were physically sickened by this outcome and how we were going to explain this to those who trusted us with their special events.
“We felt passionately about this hotel and strived to get it up and running successfully.
“Ed and I put every effort and money into making a success of the hotel and we were getting there. The diary was showing clubs and associations holding their meetings there.
“We gave it our best but unfortunately it does not appear to have been enough. The whole experience has left us feeling numb.”