Luxembourg City's traditional Alfa Hotel faces sudden closure
The large imposing and traditional Alfa Hotel opposite Luxembourg City train station, suddenly found itself facing a closure order on Wednesday, affecting about 70 employees, due to internal disputes.
It was in the afternoon when the bailiff arrived at the hotel and ordered it be closed. According to the OGBL union's Central Secretary Romain Daubenfeld, ongoing disputes between the owners of the building, a Swiss consortium, and the principal tenant Rolphe Reding, are the reasons for the abrupt closure.
Reding rented the building to the Accor hotel chain and according to Daubenfeld, the business ran smoothly at the hotel and everything had always been in order. However renovations were due to be carried out.
Accor took the hotel from its listings on Wednesday. Bookings at Alfa Hotel are no longer possible.
"This is a disaster not only for the staff, but also for the Gare district, which now has no renowned hotel," said Daubenfeld.
The OGBL representative is scheduled to hold talks with Accor management on Friday morning. "Then we will see more," he concluded.