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Bedroom up-grade at Sandymount Hotel nears completion

Dublin’s popular Sandymount Hotel is nearing completion of the refurbishment work that has been carried out over the winter on 60 of the establishment’s bedrooms. Around a million euro has been invested in the upgrade which is being undertaken to celebrate the fact that the hotel has been in business for 60 years. When it was opened by the Loughran family in 1955 the hotel was called the Mount Herbert. The refurbishment work began in November 2014 and is expected to be completed by the beginning of February 2015. The bedrooms will be completely refitted with a more up-to-date, contemporary style and new bathrooms.

In October last year the Sandymount became the first hotel in Ireland to open a ‘free wee’ library. Hotel representative, Ruth Cooper, says she recently learned about the library idea abroad and wanted to initiate something similar in Dublin.

“We didn’t buy any books, all were donated; some by staff and sometimes books are left behind by guests. Both guests and staff love it, but our next goal is to promote it more amongst local school children and to the wider community,” Ruth explained.

The libraries are spreading, thanks to two organisations: the international littlefreelibrary.org, founded in America, and thefreeweelibrary.com founded in Donegal in 2013.

Sandymount Hotel is located in Ballsbridge, Dublin right beside the Aviva Stadium and the DART train stop. The hotel has 168 guest rooms comprised of Classic Rooms, Family Rooms and Junior Suites. Free Wi-Fi and parking is available to guests with breakfast being served every morning in Whitty’s Restaurant. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner in the Line Out Bar, complete with terrace overlooking the private gardens.

The hotel is also a popular conference venue in Dublin and has 9 meeting rooms available. The family-run hotel has gained a reputation for genuine Irish hospitality and has been awarded a Tripadvisor Excellence Award for the past 4 years.