Scores of bargain hunters turned out yesterday for an auction of items at The Carlton Savannah hotel which has been sold.
The hotel, located at Coblentz Avenue, Port of Spain, has been purchased by a company called Superior Hotels and it was to be rennovated under the Marriott brand; there is currently a Courtyard by Marriott at Invaders Bay.
The boutique hotel has 160 guestrooms and 51 suites and an offical said items were being sold by lots and by room.
A number of people braved heavy rains and packed the hotel to attend yesterday’s event which began with a viewing from 9 am to 11am and then the auction from 11am to 3pm. A variety of items were being auctioned including chairs, tables, television sets, stairs and lights.
Ursula Smith said she was interested in a bed set but did not like what she saw and decided not to buy. Denzel Lloyd from Santa Cruz said he was looking at purchasing a television and counter tops.
“It is my first auction ever so I am excited to experience it.”
Glenis Douglas from St James said she came with a co-worker who was interested in purchasing a fridge and possibly a living room set. Louis Robinson from Arima said that he saw a king bed that he really liked. This was his first auction as well.
During Newsday’s visit, a television, painting and a set of lights were auctioned.
Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Philip and their entourage stayed at the hotel during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting when The Carlton Savannah had newly opened in 2009. Back in 2013 it had been reported that the hotel had been placed in receivership by State bank First Citizens after struggling to turn a profit in the previous four years.
The second auction at the hotel will be held on September 30.