Sligo Park Hotel
Sligo Park Hotel is investing more than €3m in a refurbishment of the well-known local establishment. With views onto Mullaghmore mountain, and located at the entrance to Sligo Town, it now boasts a brand-new contemporary look, reflecting its location on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The owners of the four-star hotel have already invested €2.25 million refurbishing the entire ground floor of the hotel, including the lobby, Jack B’s bar, the Hazelwood restaurant and the Hazelwood and Mespil conference suites. As part of a three-year strategy, a total of 90 bedrooms have also been refurbished to an extremely high specification. When the complete refurbishment is finished in early spring 2019, more than €3m will have been invested in the project.
Originally established in 1970, Sligo Park Hotel is a sister hotel of the Mespil Hotel in Dublin, which together comprise Lee Hotels. The Sligo Park Hotel has over 100 employees.
The refurbishment was done by Ciara Ní Laoi of CLR Design. Ciara says that when she first went up to Sligo:
“I found a well-established hotel, in a lovely setting, with beautiful views of the mountains overlooking Sligo. The hotel had been developed and added on over several years, so one of the first challenges was to analyse the guest movements and requirements, and get the flows working to the maximum.”
The first impression is most important, the guest should have a sense of arrival, and at the same time be tempted to explore the facilities. Although there’s a large glazed double height glazed area at the entrance, there was no real focus and no wow factor. The whole internal lounge area was quite dark, and the bar and restaurant weren’t immediately visible to any guest arriving. We worked to emphasis the height and light, at the entrance, and fitted open screens to separate the reception lounge from the desk area. We replaced bar and restaurant walls with glazed panels, thus opening up the space, bringing light and transparency. and inviting the guest in to drink and dine. Comfortable generous seating groups now provide plenty of areas for meetings and conversation.
The restaurant must cater for large numbers at breakfast but revert to a more intimate space in the evening. We achieved this by breaking the seating up into smaller areas and highlighting the wonderful glazed conservatory area overlooking the garden. The servery was redesigned and relocated, and now functions more efficiently, but can be screened off at night.
For the look I wanted to reflect the colours and textures of the surrounding countryside. I developed a palette of soft greys, greens, burnt orange, ochre, in wools and linens. This palette runs through the ground floor, with different colours coming to the fore in each area in order to keep the hotel open through the whole refurbishment process, we tackled the work on a phased basis. It is a very busy hotel, catering for a variety of clientele, family, corporate, weddings and sports clubs. It was very challenging to say the least, but the staff managed to maintain their great humour and professionalism.
Overall, it was a pleasure to work on the project, and I’m very proud of the result, a modern, comfortable, welcoming hotel. “
One of the main reasons for the investment in Sligo Park Hotel was to maintain its edge in the competitive wedding and conference market. This is already paying off with the hotel recently recognised as one of the best wedding venues in Connacht at the Wedding Journal Reader Awards 2018.
The contemporary style hotel boasts 136 spacious, comfortable bedrooms, including 46 Superior bedrooms and the Innisfree Suite in the private Lough Gill Wing. The hotel’s Hazelwood restaurant has an AA Rosette award and the hotel recently played host to the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly who chose it as the venue for their 56th plenary session.
The hotel has recently installed an electric vehicle charger that can be used by hotel guests.
The charging outlet is located in the car park, just outside the leisure club. The outlet works with all electric cars and takes from five to eight hours to fully charge, so guests can charge their electric vehicles overnight. It’s also installing solar panels on the roof of its leisure club to reduce its carbon footprint.
The hotel is 2.5 hours from Dublin and Belfast, two hours from Galway and one hour from Donegal.
Ardsbeg Construction is made up of a team of professional and experienced individuals with a common goal; to use their attention to detail and skill to create unique and inspirational spaces for end users to enjoy. The team at Ardsbeg is client-focused and dedicated to workmanship of the highest standard.
The team at Ardsbeg will work closely with the client and design team from the beginning of a project and provide a turn-key handover at the end. They take care of everything in between from heavy, structural construction works to highly detailed interior design. They deliver fast-paced, bespoke fit outs to the highest standard, on time and within budget.
Ardsbeg Construction recently completed work at Sligo Park Hotel where they refurbished the bar and the ballroom. As part of the project they worked with the design team, helped set the budget parameters and worked within those perimeters before completing the strip out of the site and new fit-out. Work at the hotel started on 3rd January 2019 and was completed on 14th February 2019.
Commenting on working at Sligo Park Hotel, Ardsbeg Construction Director, John Cannon said: “It has been a good project because we were brought on board by the client to work with the designer. We were then able to help and make suggestions on the design side of things with a view to keeping the project within the budget set out by the client.”
Prior to working at Sligo Park Hotel, Ardsbeg Construction completed work on The Wilder Townhouse where they helped to refurbish 42 bedrooms as part of the hotels transformation and completed 112 rooms and added a bespoke entrance to The Mespil Hotel.