Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata Hotel Group, has unveiled the final phase of the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge refurbishment.
The work, which took over seven months to complete at a cost of €9m, included a sixth floor extension of 31 guest rooms and an overhaul of the ground floor public spaces. The hotel now boasts a stunning collection of 335 high-quality, contemporary guest rooms as well as a restaurant, bar and café.
Having worked with Dalata on a number of projects, Dublin-based Douglas Wallace oversaw the renovation. Senior Interior Designer Katie Jakkulla spoke to Premier Hospitality about the work:
“We’ve had a previous association with the Dalata Hotel Group. We have done various bits of work for them. This was a project that they had asked us to have a look at. They’ve acquired quite a lot of hotels within the Irish and UK market over the last number of years. They are on quite a large plan at the moment to expand their bedroom numbers and refurbish the hotels that have been added to their portfolio.
“It’s an existing hotel so the brief was to try and get additional bedrooms on the upper floors. We’ve basically built an extension on the sixth floor, adding an extra 31 executive bedrooms. We’ve then upgraded the existing 13 bedrooms that were on that floor. Along with that the client also wanted to do a full refurbishment of all the public areas on the ground and lower ground floors. The hotel required a large rebranding exercise as well as rationalising some of the internal spaces that weren’t quite working. We looked at it from the point of view of space planning within the existing public areas and then really turning it into a Clayton Hotel through the branding. The brief was basically to improve the spaces and make it a Clayton.
In total we were working on the project for approximately 18 months. The hotel was a live environment so we had to phase the works accordingly whilst the hotel functioned. That was probably the most challenging part of it all.”
Executive Rooms at the hotel have been designed with luxury and relaxation in mind. Perks and amenities include complimentary upgraded Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machine, Sky TV and luxury toiletries.
On the ground floor, the Grandstand Restaurant focuses on locally sourced ingredients to serve seasonal dishes in a sophisticated and elegant setting. The adjoining Grandstand Bar is the ideal spot for guests and locals alike to enjoy a quiet drink. A private dining room – The 1880 – is also available for up to 50 people.
Finally, the Red Bean Roastery serves the finest barista style coffee and delicious home baked treats, sandwiches and wraps. Food and drink can be enjoyed on the go or in the comfortable surroundings of the refurbished lounge.
Reflecting on the significance of the project, Katie added:
“It’s a well-known hotel within the Dublin area and we are based in the locality so it was important for us to do a good job because it’s right on our doorstep. It’s somewhere that everybody knows and there’s a certain bit of prestige with working on something that is a well-known institution in Dublin. It’s a large hotel and the public areas are vast so to work on something of that scale is always enjoyable.”
To find out more about the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, please visit www.claytonhotelballsbridge.com.