DoubleTree Debuts in Ireland
Thursday January 3rd, 2013 - 9:51AM HG
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DUBLIN—Hilton Worldwide signed a franchise agreement with Martinez Hotels & Resorts to open a DoubleTree by Hilton here, a first for the brand in Ireland.
After a $9.3 million renovation, the 138-room Morrison Hotel will reopen in early February as The Morrison Dublin, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
Dublin-based Nikki O’Donnell Architects (NODA) is in charge of the new interior design.
“We are delighted to be working with Hilton Worldwide to bring the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Irish shores for the first time,” said Stephen Mulligan, U.K. and Ireland director, Martinez Hotels & Resorts. “There were many aspects of The Morrison’s identity we wanted to maintain when making the decision to convert to a branded hotel. DoubleTree by Hilton hugely impressed us with its track record of converting established properties to its globally recognized brand, while ensuring a real sense of individual flavor in every location.”
The hotel will offer two restaurants, a 24-hour business center and fitness center. It will also feature 4,400 sq. ft. of event space.
Patrick Joyce, who has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, was recently appointed as the hotel’s GM.
Hilton Worldwide currently operates four hotels in the Republic of Ireland, but this is the first DoubleTree. DoubleTree by Hilton now has almost 60 properties open or under development in Europe.
Tags: • Hospitality • Construction/Renovation • Ownership •
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