Irish developer plans four hotels for greater Dublin area

Dublin's hotel scene keeps growing, and not everyone is avoiding the city. Just days after a report from Jones Lang Lasalle warned that Dublin needs as many as 3,000 new hotel rooms or it will continue to have problems attracting international events to the city, the Herald has a list of several new properties in the pipeline from property developer Johnny Ronan for both the city and its surrounding areas.

Ronan is planning to build a €250 million boutique hotel above a cafe on Grafton Street. Ronan also announced plans for a 167-bed, four-star hotel to be called Aquavetro in what will be Dublin's tallest building, a 22-story waterfront tower, which he is developing beside Tara Street Dart Station. The Enniskerry Park Hotel, a 200-bed hotel in Enniskerry, is also in the works. The property was previously a Ronan Group development, and has been known as The Powerscourt Hotel by its current owners. The fourth hotel will be in the village of Delgany, County Wicklow. Both Enniskerry and Delgany are approximately 40 minutes from central Dublin.

Shane Whelan, development director for the Ronan Group, said the focus on delivering hotels was to satisfy the strong demand generated by record tourism numbers, a recovering economy and restricted hotel capacity.

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