THE famous Astor Hotel on Plymouth Hoe has closed with the loss of 25 jobs.
But proprietor Joseph Louei told The Herald he is still hoping to save the business.
The 54-room hotel, on the Hoe, is now in administration, mothballed and up for sale.
Mr Louei put the blame on the expense of fighting two high-profile legal cases, one he won, one he lost.
But the Iranian-born hotelier, one of the most colourful characters in Plymouth's business community, said the business had been trading well, with plentiful bookings.
And he stressed: "I'm doing everything I can to save it."
READ THE FULL STORY AND INTERVIEW WITH MR LOUEI IN FRIDAY'S HERALD