Harrogate hotel permanently closes in wake of Covid hardship

The Kimberley Hotel on King's Road has announced it will have to permanently close its doors after struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.

By Brogan Maguire
Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 10:22 am
Updated Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 10:25 am

The four-star hotel has been operating for more than 50 years and has been a key part of Harrogate's tourism sector.

But it has now confirmed it has been placed in a financial situation it 'cannot recover from' during the Covid-19 crisis and will not be reopening.

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The Kimberley Hotel on King's Road has announced it will not be reopening.

A post on its website reads: "After 13 years working together, it comes with a heavy heart , that we have to tell all our Loyal Guests and Friends that due to the financial position caused by Covid-19 we have to close the hotel.

"We sincerely thank everyone, customers and staff alike that have supported us over the years and regret deeply that Covid-19 placed us in a situation that we cannot recover from."

The news comes as B&Bs and guest houses across the district have called for more support to help them survive what will inevitably be a difficult winter.

As Harrogate is currently under Tier 2 restrictions, hotels are allowed to open but guests can only travel with those in their household or support bubble, and accommodation providers say they have seen a sharp decline in bookings compared to previous Decembers.

With Harrogate Convention Centre, which sits on the same road as the Kimberley Hotel, currently being used as a Nightingale hospital and Harrogate Christmas Market no longer taking place this year, hoteliers are expecting a much quieter winter than usual.

The Kimberley Hotel says all enquiries should be directed to insolvency company Booth & Co.