Published Wednesday, 23 May 2012
On Monday, a sign outside the Lansdowne Hotel on the Antrim Road said it was closed due to a "health and safety" issue - but another sign refers customers to a firm of chartered accountants specialising in tax and insolvency.
The hotel, which employs 35 people, has been owned by the Wong family's Welcome Group since 2001.
The group was established in 1973 and operates a chain of hotels and Chinese restaurants - owning the Lansdowne Hotel and takeaways in both Belfast and Lisburn.
A number of people who were booked into the hotel have been left mystified by the suddenness of the closure, while concerns arose over bookings for upcoming special occasions like weddings.
But according to the administrators, while liquidation is inevitable, the Wong family have committed to personally refunding in full any deposits that have already been paid.
At least 50 people have already made contact about bookings they had held and more are expected to do so.
A meeting of creditors is due to be held next Friday.
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