Gran Hotel Campello closed, holiday dreams dashed

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CAMPELLO: Bookings were made before hotel shut up shop.

CLIENTS are still turning up at the now-closed Gran Hotel Campello. More than 30 people who paid for accommodation in advance but were confronted with locked doors and a “closed” notice have now complained to the Guardia Civil.

Approximately half are Spanish and the remainder British or German. None were warned that the hotel was shut, a disappointed guest told the local Spanish press.

When the four-star hotel rented by Antonio Notario closed unexpectedly on April 12 he owed €500,000 rent, claimed the owner Jose Andres Lopez. Notario was in arrears with staff wages, suppliers and Iberdrola, said Lopez  who called him “a professional swindler.”

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The former tenant insists that he owed €93,000. Meanwhile, unwary clients continued to arrive last weekend and on the May 1 national holiday.  

The owner is now waiting for the courts’ permission to repossess the hotel, which he will run himself.  


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