Thursday 28 April was a good day for Dalata Hotels. At the agm chairman John Hennessy said that things have moved firmly into recovery with strong trading across all markets. It was also the day that Dalata officially opened their 49th property, The Samuel in Dublin’s North Docklands and financial hub of the city.
The Samuel Hotel Dublin Opens
The Samuel will be managed by GM Ann-Marie Traynor, who has managed a number of other Dalata properties. Plans for the upcoming opening of the 50th property were also shared with the invited guests at the event. It will be on Merrion Road. Dublin, on the site of the former Tara Towers Hotel, the new Maldron Hotel will have 140 rooms.
Mr. Hennessy also shared that the key indicator for any hotel group, Revpar; revenue per available room, is expected to exceed 2019 levels at 109 percent. A good sign of the turnaround in the hospitality business.
The Samuel, unusually for a Dalata Hotel is not being called a Maldron or a Clayton. The name reflects its location close to the Samuel Beckett Bridge. It is also on the site that has been developed by Ronan Group Real Estate as the headquarters for Salesforce, the customer relationship management company.
Well Located In Dublin City
The 204-bed hotel is close to the Liffey, and is walking distance from the Convention Centre, and the 3Arena. It is close to all major transport links in the city and the Luas Red Line is on its doorstep. Due to the Samuel’s proximity to many centres of entertainment, the hotel will not only cater for business travellers but also for leisure travellers.
There are four conference rooms with state-of-the-art technology for holding connected meetings, presentations and events. The bedrooms are a variety of sizes, some of which can cater for up to four adults, ideal for city visits.
The one striking thing about the hotel is the use of light, every room is flooded with light. The lobby is a triple height atrium and though you descend to the bar and restaurant, clever use of a sunken area throws light into this space. It is also a lovely space to sit in with seating and greenery.
On the ground floor there will be a Red Bean Roastery café, ideal for casual dining. It will be popular with the Salesforce staff. It is expected that 4,000-5,000 people with be working at this location
Entertainment on the evening was provided by four dancing young Irishmen, that have been storming TikTok and Instagram. They have millions of followers and are called Cairde. You can see their dance videos on Tiktok and Instagram, @_cairde.
See more about the Samuel Hotel here.