A HOTEL for Channel migrants is empty — after taxpayers forked out £1.5million to rent it.
The 162-room Holiday Inn Express was block-booked by the Home Office for five months, starting in November.
But councillors in Oxford object to it being used as an asylum centre.
A source said: “It’s staggering.
“Since the Government booking it’s been closed to the public with a skeleton staff.”
A Home Office source said it hopes to negotiate a lower rate for the hotel, attached to Oxford United’s Kassam football stadium.
Rooms usually start at £50 a night and have TVs and air con.
More than 18,000 migrants are in hotels throughout the country.