Hatch Hall Dublin To Become Five-Star Hotel

The Red Carnation Hotel (UK) Ltd, Group, owners of Ashford Castle and the Lodge at Ashford Castle, in Co. Mayo have obtained planning permission for the conversion and development of a five-star all-suite hotel in Dublin. Hatch Hall on Hatch Street was formerly owned by the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. 

Hatch Hall Dublin To Become Five-Star Hotel

Hatch Hall was built in 1913 as accommodation for students attending University College Dublin. The campus then was on nearby Earlsfort Terrace. It was once the home of George Bernard Shaw and many well-known people lived there as students. 

In the announcement of the news, the Red Carnation Group said, “we are so proud to welcome Hatch Hall, Dublin, to our collection of hotels in Ireland, which already includes the magnificently restored Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle in County Mayo.  

Hatch Hall will be sympathetically and sensitively regenerated, creating a modern structure that beautifully connects with the historical building. Framed by an existing neo-Gothic archway, a glass entrance will lead to a glazed winter garden overlooking a topiary courtyard, which will form a landscaped oasis in the centre of the city.

Sensitive Restoration Planned 

 Original stonework, ironwork and decorative features will be carefully preserved to further tell the story of Hatch Hall’s history, including a stained-glass window painted by Evie Hone, one of the original abstract painters in Irish Art History and best-known for her work at Eton College.  

Seamlessly connecting the courtyard garden with the fabric of the building that surrounds it, a Living Roof of grass and wildflowers will provide a natural habitat for bees and wildlife. 

Described as the last Gothic Revival public building to be erected in Dublin, Hatch Hall has a beautiful former chapel that stretches across two stories and is close to St Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square, the Grand Canal and many of the city’s cultural institutions. 

The Red Carnation Group have hotels in the UK, Guernsey, Switzerland, Botswana and their home base, South Africa. Work will begin shortly on the renovation and addition of extra accommodation. The 60-bedroom hotel is expected to open in 2024. 

Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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