Removal men turned up at the Randolph Hotel to take away some old furniture ahead of a six-month refurbishment.

Last year the five-star hotel in Beaumont Street was bought by American chain Graduate Hotels and which suggested the hotel’s name could change.

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But last week bosses confirmed it would be keeping its historic name.

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Seventy-five out of 84 staff were shocked when they were told they were being made redundant ahead of the refurbishment.

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The removal staff said today the furniture from the hotel could be used in other Graduate hotels.

Philip Lewis, the hotel’s general manager, said earlier: “We are proud to be investing significantly into the thoughtful renovation of this iconic property.”

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The chain said earlier it had been a “difficult decision” to make staff redundant.

Mr Lewis added: "Mr Lewis added: “Like almost every hospitality operation during this pandemic, we are sad to have to make redundancies.

“We have spent significant time with staff guiding them on future career choices.

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“However, we are unable to employ a full staff while undertaking an entire property refurbishment.”

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Precise details of the redesign have not yet been revealed by Graduate Hotels.

A possible name change to Graduate Oxford has now been ruled out.

The chain already has a Graduate Oxford hotel in Mississippi in the United States.

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The hotel has not booked in any guests after Saturday so that the refurbishment can get under way.