Wedding plans in disarray after sudden closure of local hotel

Lovat Hotel

Devastated couples have had their wedding plans thrown into disarray following the sudden closure of a Perth hotel.

The city’s Lovat Hotel shut down without warning yesterday, sparking fears of redundancies.

International chain Best Western, which promotes and markets the venue, has so far been unable to explain the closure.

However, there is growing speculation that the Glasgow Road hotel has ceased trading as bosses — including general manager Stuart Shearer — battle major financial difficulties.

Best Western acts as a marketing consortium but the Lovat Hotel is run independently.

In a statement issued on Friday morning, a Best Western spokeswoman said: “We are sad to hear the news about the Lovat hotel.

“At this stage we do not know the full details of the hotel’s closure, so our immediate priority has been to help guests who booked through Best Western channels for tonight or tomorrow by offering them refunds and cancellations, or finding them accommodation nearby.”

She added: “We have also started to contact customers on our system who have future bookings to notify them of the need to make alternative arrangements.

“As all Best Western hotels are independently owned and managed, customers who have events booked at the Lovat will have to deal directly with the management of the hotel.

“We are working with our strong network of Scottish members to see if there is any way we can help staff impacted by the closure to find alternative employment.”