ONE of Whitby's oldest hotels closed its doors for the final time on Friday and is now likely to be sold off as flats.
The Moorlands Hotel in North Promenade was closed by its owners Christian hotel and holiday company Christian Guild, in order to concentrate on other hotels.
The company is working with the 11 staff employed at the hotel to see if any wish to be deployed at another site after they were informed of the closure on Tuesday.
The hotel has been in the hands of the Guild for 54 years and a spokesman for the company said it had been a very difficult decision to take.
Chairman Martin Ellis said the move was part of Christian Guild's strategy to invest in growing the business in the future.
He said: "After careful consideration and discussion the board of directors unanimously agreed to the sale of Moorlands. As a result, Moorlands closed for business on Friday.
"We have notified all staff directly affected by this decision and we will be working with them to explore options available to each individual.
"We will also be contacting those customers who have already booked to stay at Moorlands and we will be offering them alternative accommodation at one of our other hotels or a full refund.
"Moorlands Hotel has been part of our family of hotels for 54 years and has offered accommodation for many people who have enjoyed memorable holidays there."
A company spokesman said the decision had been taken as the cost of modernising the hotel was more than the worth of the building.
He added it was now likely to be sold off privately rather than as a hotel.
There will be an opportunity to celebrate Moorlands as a Christian Guild Hotel at a service of thanksgiving to be held at the hotel on 26 March at 11am.