This, the hotel says is mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in serious loss of business as customers are not allowed in.
The unexpected turn of events has raised panic buttons throughout the entire hotel and hospitality industry, with those that are still pushing beginning to worry about their survival capabilities.
On Tuesday, Mpilo, which was home to a total of 75 employees, made the shocking announcement about finally closing its doors for business.
“In November 2015, we were extremely excited to bring to our Kingdom the very first boutique hotel. Finally, our very own classy hotel. Little did the whole world know that a monster was getting ready to destroy good things we have worked so hard for. COVID-19 has truly changed all our lives. This monster has taken our loved ones and completely destroyed many dreams.
“Mpilo Boutique Hotel could not survive this monster and today we officially say goodbye. It has truly been an exciting, fun, joyful and memorable journey. Thank you for your support and love, we have enjoyed serving you through the years. We pray for an end to this pandemic,” the statement reads.
The hotel belonged to the Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) which is owned by Maseru business tycoon Sam Matekane.
Head of MGC’s corporate communications and marketing, ’Mamotake Matekane also confirmed that they are closing down and never coming back and again.
She told Metro that they were losing huge sums of money since the outbreak of the pandemic because there was little to no movement at all.
“If people are not coming in then it means loss of income. We were now only dealing with expenses because we were still incurring costs, having to pay things such as electricity and water,” Mrs Matekane said.
She noted that they have decided to turn the place into an office park and rent out office space. At the moment, only the Ministry of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing has already rented space at the building.
The closure of the luxurious hotel has threatened the existence and sustainability of the hotel and hospitality industry in the country.
The Lesotho Hotels and Hospitality Association (LHHA) has jumped on to the matter, expressing its shock, while also blaming the government for making matters worse.