UK: Planning permission for a boutique five-star hotel has been granted to Red Carnation Hotels to transform the former university residences Hatch Hall in Dublin.
Located near St Stephen’s Green, proposals for the repurposing include an eight-storey extension that will house 60 bedrooms, two bars and a restaurant in the former chapel building.
Dublin’s city council planner said that the plan would “contribute to the animation of the area, will allow for the refurbishment and re-engagement of a historic building with the addition of a striking contemporary tower in an inner city location.”
Savills lodged the submission on behalf of Red Carnation, stating that “Dublin has many fine five star properties, but there is a market for additional capacity at the higher end where we do not have the offering of most comparable European cities.”
Hatch Hall is currently vacant. It most recently served as Jesuit university student residences, and has previously been used a direct provision centre for asylum seekers.
Red Carnation Hotels owns and operates Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle, also in Ireland. Other locations include London, Guernsey, Switzerland and South Africa.
Beatrice Tollman, founder and president of Red Carnation Hotel Collection, was recently name as one of 12 inspirational women defining the future of hospitality. You can read the full article here.