Hotels in Aggieland are filling up just in time for a fun-filled football weekend. But one hotel that isn't filling up is the Aggieland Inn on Texas Avenue in College Station -- In fact, the lights are out at Aggieland Inn.
"I don't believe the owner has done this to us, no notice, no nothing," said Aggieland Inn employee Anna Martinez. "Several months ago they started being late on our checks and now we aren't getting paid at all."
Martinez said for the last month the gas has been turned off; Friday the electricity was finally shut off after bills were left unpaid.
"We thought the electricity was supposed to be shut off a month ago, but I guess today was the day," Martinez added.
Martinez is just one employee left in the dark-- without a job and without pay.
"A couple of months ago we started getting paid late, and now we're not getting paid at all," said Martinez.
Shannon Overby says issues over the last several months have put the hotel on the city's radar.
"We've had complaints not just about the service and quality of the property, but also the fact that they don't answer the phones," said Shannon Overby, Executive Director B/CS Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We've tried emailing the owner and we're not getting a response from anybody," Martinez explained.
And now just days away from the biggest football game of the season, eager football fans and guests at the Aggieland Inn are going to be in for quite a surprise --the doors are locked and more than 20 rooms have been booked for the big game.
"Nobody has called to tell the guests' that it's closed," added Martinez.
The closing is a scare that has the city stepping in and the Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau working hard to cleanup the mess.
"They are going to be posting our phone number on the door so if people show up they can call us. Our staff is here ready to help in any way," said Overby. "Luckily this weekend isn't completely booked for other hotels in the area. We will be accommodating the guests as they arrive."
For Anna Martinez, she is left looking for work and praying she'll soon find financial relief.
"I have nothing left, no money and no job," lamented Martinez.
The College Station Fire Marshal locked the doors of the hotel Friday afternoon. News 3 called the hotel owner who lives in the United Kingdom but he has yet to return our phone call.
On the weekend of biggest season opener in Texas A&M history, the 200 bed Aggieland Inn has closed its doors.
Former employees of the Hotel tell News 3 that rooms were booked for travelers coming in to see the season opener against SMU.
The Bryan/College Station Better Business Bureau reports the Aggieland closing has resulted in at least 20 reservations that are without a place to stay. We are unsure whether or not all of these reservations have even been notified.
This comes a year after the Plaza Hotel closed its doors in College Station.
News 3 will have more on the Aggieland Inn closing on News 3 at 6 & 10.
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