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Cheltenham's Hotel on the Park goes into administration.

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

By LAURA CHURCHILL

Hotel on the Park

Hotel on the Park

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THE prestigious Hotel on the Park has gone into administration.

The Pittville hotel, which offers stays from £185 a night, has called in joint administrators Duff & Phelps.

The hotel had been up for sale for £2.6 million since November.

The hotel will remain open for the foreseeable future, securing the nine employees' jobs in the short term.

A manager at the hotel, who would not give his name, said: "All staff have been told and we are carrying on business as usual.

"We are still taking bookings and are thought to be carrying on indefinitely at the moment."

The 12-room Evesham Road hotel was put on the market via Colliers International.

Peter Brunt, from the estate agents, confirmed the high-end boutique hotel had been struggling during the recession.

He said: "The joint administrators were appointed as the company has experienced a downturn in trading performance due to the current economic climate.

"This, in turn, impacted on the business' cash flow."

In a statement, Matt Bond of Duff & Phelps said: "We, the joint administrators, will continue to trade the hotel on a business as usual basis while seeking a buyer for the hotel which remains open and looking forward to a busy Festival week."

Mr Brunt said the Grade II-listed town house, which dates back to the 1830s, had stunning bedrooms and had undergone a top-quality refurbishment.

He said: "It retains many original features, but has also undergone a complete refurbishment bringing all the facilities very much up to date.

"It's a luxurious oasis of calm right in the centre of Cheltenham with numerous opportunities for exploring the legendary shops or further afield in the Cotswolds."

The hotel also includes a bar and 42-cover restaurant The Parkers Brasserie.

The business was trading under the name HTLP Limited after it was taken over in 2008 by Benjamin Bowen.

The Echo was unable to contact Mr Bowen for a comment.

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  • rsuren  |  March 25 2014, 9:46AM

    Ben Bowen is now holed up in Brazil working for BELMOND promoting their top class establishment prior to the Worl Cup. I wonder if they know his real CV. He also had his £1.3 million flat in Harrods Village on the banks of the Thames, repossessed. The bali*** arrived just after the flat had been vacated by his tenant Heston Blumenthal who had been renting it for approximately £4000 per month. He nearly got away without his bank RBS finding out - too clever by half.

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  • hotelonpark  |  March 01 2013, 12:04PM

    To the ex staff members - What car does he own and does he park it outside the hotel?

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  • hotelonpark  |  March 01 2013, 12:03PM

    You can see a picture of the lovely Bowen here: http://tinyurl.com/cray2ng

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  • tomaskral82  |  February 25 2013, 4:45AM

    All comments here are correct. Mr Bowen is a scam artist, I had to take him to ACAS to get my wages! Also I recently noticed he haven't paid any tax on my wages, I will have to double check with HM Revenue & Customs. Such a shame!

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  • TheMoanerLisa  |  February 23 2013, 7:22PM

    Another example of someone in the hospitality business that failed to realise its hard work, requires good well trained staff and keeps standards high. this place was all image and ego for the owner, who failed to deliver and meet his guest expectations. horrible man - pity they didnt include an image of him so we know to avoid him.

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  • EnoElgae  |  February 20 2013, 4:02PM

    As a addition Mr Bowen expects his staff to work for free. He apparently believes he is "above the law", he ignores requests/action letters for wage payment , he ignores Citizen Bureau Advice interventions and ignores JobCentre Plus interventions. How many people has he managed to abuse so far ? He called me a "nobody" just because I gave my 100% and wanted to help him make his dream come true - the most ungrateful man I have ever met in my whole life. As far as I have been informed, he is not allowed to put any job advertisements on JobCentre Plus anymore as he breached national minimum wage regulations, 100% wage withdrawal without any prior consent and did not respond to any requests for explanations. I believe Mr Bowen counts that his staff will not go to employment tribunal as it costs £500 to start a case, well...true,... but there are much better and cheaper options to make sure this will not happen to anyone else. My advice as a ex employee - stay away from this place, abused staff cannot give you best service you deserve.

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  • raidermanuk  |  February 20 2013, 1:37PM

    AndyPrestbury "Holding on to deposits for weeks at a time is just shameful" More often than not a sign that a business is in financial difficulty. Can't raise working capital from the bank so "borrow" it from your customers!

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  • AndyPrestbury  |  February 20 2013, 9:05AM

    I know you have to take tripadvisor with a pinch of salt, but this hotel does seem to have some very scathing reviews. For a high end hotel you would expect a much higher rating than it has, and the lack of responses to customer complaints on there is always a good indicator as to how a hotel handles customer service - basically it doesn't look like the hotel cares. Top end hotels can survive, but they have to provide top end service. Holding on to deposits for weeks at a time is just shameful, and at £500 is something people will expect back straight away.

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  • Alfredo_  |  February 19 2013, 8:11AM

    £185 per night isn't unreasonable for a high quality hotel. You're free to use a Travelodge if you prefer.,

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  • nikonman2010  |  February 18 2013, 10:52PM

    I presume its the same one who was selling his Bentley no so long back however looking at the pic looks like he may of aquired another one still i would imagine with other peoples money

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