The property has announced today that they will be unable to reopen.

Director Stuart McPhee posted the following statement online: "To date our reopening has been a success story, improving daily and our bar operation is going from strength to strength. It had been our intention from the 30th of this month to reopen our accommodation side of the business. We now no longer will be executing this plan due to the financial viability of this part of the business being impacted by a variety of factors.

 

The myth of a staycation boom has just not materialised, during lockdown we had pinned our hopes on the prospect of all those who had not gotten out for so long heading out in every which direction and staying wherever they could. This has proven to not be the case, it is our belief that albeit the appetite may be strong for trips for people heading from urban areas to rural settings, or indeed even rural to rural, that our hotel environment is not going to benefit from this. Compound that with the international travel restrictions both long standing and recently introduced, overall covid worries for a customer, a changing local marketplace in Aberdeen with specific impacts on the oil and gas sector, no events, concerts and even limited demand in occasion visits such as hen or stag dos. It is a brand new marketplace that is emerging for us, faced with such low occupancy rates it made the most sense for us to remain closed for the time being. 

 

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This really was not an easy decision to come to, we even considered a limited operating model of reducing to a weekend service. But the numbers just don't stack up. Our hotel is a huge asset having recently invested heavily in a refurbishment of our room stock at the turn of the year. This all must now sit dormant until such time as we have the business confidence to bring it back online. We have committed to our hotel staff that they will be looked after in the meantime and we will continue to engage with the furlough scheme for them or move them to help in other departments for the time being. It is our hope that sooner, rather than later we can bring this part of our business back online, regrettably, now just isn't that time.“

 

Siberia bar & hotel has 16 rooms of a variety of types in prime city centre location in the granite city. Recently refurbished rooms and an award winning bar and restaurant.

 

We send our best regards to Stuart and his team and we hope that the property will be able to reopen in due time.

 

Siberia Bar & Hotel, Aberdeen
www.siberia-aberdeen.co.uk

 


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