The K Club officially opened its new wing of 80 bedrooms, complete with air conditioning bringing the total to 140. The €20m Liffey Wing to the west side of the hotel has a range of 410 sq ft to 800 sq ft bedrooms. Ground floor rooms enjoy direct access to a private terrace and all rooms offer views to Liffey or the gardens with lofty ceilings, air conditioning, huge windows, mini bars, Nespresso coffee machines and spacious hand painted bathrooms with twin sinks, extra deep baths and separate power showers with traditional and rain water heads. The former swimming pool is now the conference centre under a separate development. Michael Davern said he had received a positive response from tour operators at the Virtuoso high end trade show in Las Vegas. “At 70 bedrooms we were too small for conference events. The new development moves us into a position to compete for business that would not otherwise come to Ireland, as a Ryder Cup venue, something similar to the offering of Gleneagles in Scotland.” Watch here an interview with Michael Davern in advance of the opening.
According to Trivago’s November hotel price index, the average price of a hotel in Ireland is €97, up 9pc YOY. Dublin prices up 29pc YOY to €145. The biggest month-on-month decreases were in Athlone (€76, down 16pc), Galway (€86, down 12pc), Cork (€106, down 12pc) and Wexford (€86 down 12pc). Dance saw the biggest month-on-month increase with a price of €119, up 28pc.
The average price in Europe is €120, down 15pc compared to last month, according to Trivago’s index.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts said 54 properties were hacked at various intervals in 2014 and 2015. Hilton Worldwide confirmed that it experienced a similar data breach at an unspecified number of hotels.
AccorHotels is to open the Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport and ibis Styles Roissy CDG Airport hotels.
RIU Hotels & Resorts reopened ClubHotel Riu Negril after a $20m renovation.
- Preferred Hotels & Resorts will reopen the Pulitzer Amsterdam, part of its LVX Collection, in February 2016.
- Carlson Rezidor opened a Radisson Blu in Nairobi.
- Intercontinental Hotels Group will open two adjoining properties at London Heathrow Terminal 4 in 2018.
- The Lanesborough hotel in London reopened.