It looks like Hyatt may be getting their first property in Ireland, and it’s a nice one. The Four Seasons is taking back their flag on an existing Dublin property and it looks like Hyatt is the likely winner of bidding for the new management contract.
I was just in Dublin and at this property. Though I didn’t stay there a colleague did. The property is beautiful, but needs some attention here and there, such as new carpets. But, the guest rooms are very nicely appointed and sizable.
I spoke with some folks in Dublin before I knew this was going to be a Hyatt. They had said the ownership was reticent to put the money into a refurbishment that Four Seasons wanted. Rumors around the property were that it was going to be reflagged a Marriott.
I’m guessing with a minor amount of renovations this could be turned into a Park Hyatt, given room sizes and amenities. It’s located in the Ballsbridge neighborhood, which isn’t centrally located. It is adjacent to the main convention center in Dublin. But, if you were looking to walk around the central part of Dublin, you may want to choose another property. I stayed at the Westin Dublin and will be reviewing it in the near future.
Separately, the Lanesborough, a St. Regis property that was part of Starwood Preferred Guest, is no longer a part of the program, effective immediately. Always a bummer to lose a high-end property.