Iconic Dublin boutique hotel, the Morrison, closed its doors at the end of November in order to undergo a multi-million euro refurbishment. The hotel is located in the centre of Dublin on the North-side of the river Liffey.
Owner of the hotel, Morrison Estate Holdings, is reported to be injecting some €7m into a complete redesign of the hotel’s 138 rooms and suites. At the beginning of the year we reported that the Morrison was about to be bought by Yelena Baturina, wife of the former mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov and one of the richest women in Russia.
The operator of the Morrison, Martinez Holdings, says the refurbishment will reposition the hotel as a “vibrant, hip hotel and eatery.” Stephen Mulligan, Director for UK and Ireland at Martinez Hotels and Resorts said: “Ireland’s hospitality sector has been hard hit by the recession and there’s obviously been a huge period of consolidation in recent years. However, we feel that Ireland’s tourism industry has a lot to offer local and international guests and is certain to rebound based on the collective efforts already being made to ensure the country remains an attractive and viable place to visit.”
The investment in the Morrison goes somewhat against the grain in a Dublin hotel sector that has been practically stagnant since the onset of the current economic crisis but must surely represent good news for the sector.
Irish Architect Nikki O’Donnell of NODA in Dublin will be in charge of the re-design of the bedrooms and lobby area of the hotel whilst international consultant Robbie Bargh from The Gorgeous Group in London has been engaged to revamp the food and beverage offering at the Morrison.
General Manager of the hotel, Patrick Joyce, who was appointed in October, will oversee the work. “It is exciting to be joining the hotel as we embark on a major refurbishment of the premises. I am particularly enthusiastic about the renewed emphasis on our food and beverage offer and the opportunities this will create for Irish artisan producers throughout the country,” he went on to say. “We are keen to bring customers on the journey with us and they can expect to see all the pieces of the puzzle revealed over the next couple of months.”