A report by creditors Ernst & Young accuses senior management of von Essen Hotels of obstructing its attempts to carry out an independent review of the business, according to The Times. Ernst & Young said it tried to carry out the review for the hotel group’s banks after von Essen first breached its covenants in January. Ernst & Young, which was subsequently appointed to handle the 27-strong hotel group’s administration, claims that top management restricted the independent business review team’s “access to information and personnel”. The report suggests that the administrators have yet to establish the full amount owed to unsecured creditors, although its investigations have found county court and written claims totalling £284,000 and national insurance arrears amounting to £229,000. The sale process for the 27 hotels, which is being led by Christie + Co has attracted more than 250 expressions of interest, a report to creditors discloses. The hotels have a combined asking price of £200m.