Clayton Hotels Profile
Clayton Hotels is a collection of well-appointed hotels throughout Ireland & the UK. With hotels located in Belfast, Cardiff, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo, Limerick, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Manchester Airport and Wexford, guests are sure to find a destination to suit them. Clayton Hotels are renowned for offering a unique personality with a warm welcoming atmosphere and superior service.
Recently, a number of the brand’s properties in Ireland and Northern Ireland have been the subject of renovation and refurbishment works. The company tasked with carrying out these refurbishments was Monami Construction.
The scope of works included hotel foyer and reception refurbishments, hotel bedroom and corridor upgrades, bar and restaurant refurbishments and kitchen upgrade works. All of the projects were successfully completed within a live hotel environment where there was no impact on the day to day business of the hotels or any disruption to guests.
PREMIER HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE spoke with Robert Conneely of Monami Construction, who worked on the hotels in Ballsbridge and Wexford.
“This project was divided into three areas. There was a rooftop extension which consisted of 31 rooms, and refurbishment of 13 existing rooms which were fitted out to the Clayton Hotels Executive standard. The second part of the project was a total revamp/refurbishment of the ground floor common areas (which took place over four phases from January to July 2018), including restaurant, reception area, and the lounge area that had a new coffee station put into it. The third part was upgrade work including insulation and mechanical works.
“All of these three areas were carried out in one contract. To elaborate on the rooftop extension, the works included there consisted of removing the rooftop and replacing it with a natural slate roof, which would have included a steel frame. After that, the construction of the 31 rooms and their fit out commenced.
“The main challenges were working in a live environment, as there were guests, hotel staff and management coming and going, and we had to deliver this project as efficiently, commercially viable, clean and dust free, and quietly as possible. All the noisy works had to start after 8am and be finished by 5pm. We had a series of dust cleaners around the ground floor, to prevent dust from those areas from going into any other live environments within the hotel.”
“This was also a live environment, and it was the refurbishment of 28 bedrooms and the common areas of Wexford Clayton Hotel.
“The first thing with this project was that we had 28 bedrooms on 3 different levels of the hotel. On each we had to close those corridors and do it 10 bedrooms at a time, whilst continuously working in a live environment. So again, our challenges were be to make it as quiet and dust free as possible.
“We took out the carpets, old furniture, curtains, beds and stripped out the bathrooms and then put in new furniture and furnishings- everything a new bedroom would have, expect there was a strip out beforehand.
“The second part of this one was to refurbish the bar and restaurant and reception area. The bar was closed down for 6 weeks when we were working on that, and then we moved to the restaurant, and that was closed for 4-5 weeks, whilst the bar newly opened. The reception had to stay open all the time, and that was a light face lift, it wasn’t as intense as doing the other areas of the hotel.”
“Clayton Hotels is one of our most valued clients, and every job that we do with them demands highest quality and workmanship. They set high quality goals, and our job is about delivering a project with those goals in mind.”
Clayton Hotel Silver Springs and Clayton Hotel Cork City
Earlier this year a €2 million bedroom refurbishment was carried out at Clayton Hotel Silver Springs. Over 100 bedrooms at the venue were refurbished as part of a wider investment at the property.
Silver Springs was acquired by the Dalata Group in 2015 and since then significant improvements have been made to the hotel’s ballroom, conferencing and events space, lounge and gallery restaurant. Trevor Cavanagh, Monami Senior Quantity Surveyor, said:
“The bedroom refurbishment works were carried out in a live hotel environment on a phased basis. The works were staggered on a floor by floor basis to achieve maximum occupancy while also minimising the disruption to guests. Critical to the success of the Silver Springs project was the close working relationship developed between our site team, led by site manager Damien O’Neill, and hotel management, particularly in the planning and co-ordination of each phase of the project.”
The newly refurbished rooms are bright, comfortable and spacious with a sleek and contemporary design. As standard, all Clayton Hotels rooms come with lavish toiletries, luxurious mattresses, plush pillows, complimentary Wi-Fi, a large flat screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
The hotel is located in Tivoli, less than 3km from Cork city centre, and enjoys views of the River Lee.
Moving into the city centre, Clayton Hotel Cork City is at the heart of the action. One of the city’s premier hospitality offerings, the hotel is located opposite the striking architecture of Cork City Hall.
Prior to the busy summer months the hotel was able to unveil its newly refurbished restaurant. The ideal setting for a gathering or intimate dinner, Globe Restaurant and Bar serves sumptuous dishes created using ingredients sourced from Cork’s renowned English Market. The new design includes a warm, enticing colour scheme of browns and blues, as well as copper pedant lighting.
Some of Ireland’s finest suppliers contribute to a menu containing dishes such as Beef and Lamb Brochette, Monkfish and Thai Red Chicken Curry.
Clayton Hotel Galway
Housed in a contemporary and stylish structure, Clayton Hotel Galway is a 4 star destination blending modern design with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Given its proximity to Galway city centre, Ballybrit Racecourse and major business parks, the hotel is an ideal base whether you’re a business or leisure traveller.
2019 saw the completion of a number of improvements at the hotel. This included upgrades to over 100 bedrooms, the full refurbishment of 10 meeting rooms the redevelopment of a brand-new Red Bean Roastery Coffee Dock on the ground floor, a new reception area as well as upgrades to the Enclosure Bar & Bistro and the Clayton Ballroom. Over €1 million has been invested in the venue over the last 18 months. Trevor commented:
“Key in the success of the Clayton Galway project was in developing a phasing plan that allowed the main reception area to function as normal while the refurbishment and fit out works were carried out to the adjacent lounge areas. Hotel management worked closely with our site manager John Murphy on a daily basis to ensure all day to day operations were not affected and that guest service was uninterrupted.”
The newly refurbished Red Bean Roastery boasts gourmet sandwiches, tasty pastries and sweets, freshly handmade salads, hot soup and more. Each cup of their unique blended coffee is prepared and served to perfection by expert baristas.
Clayton Hotel Limerick
Located in the heart of the city centre, the modern Clayton Hotel Limerick is Ireland’s tallest hotel offering stylish rooms with views of the city or majestic River Shannon.
The hotel’s meetings and events venue was recently given a makeover. With the city’s waterfront providing the perfect backdrop, the conference and meeting facilities have been designed with corporate guests in mind. The meeting rooms range in size from simple spaces for two, to conference space up to 240 delegates in the Pegasus Suite.
The Pegasus Suite is located on the first floor and is a multipurpose space that can be partitioned into 3 smaller meeting rooms. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide stunning views and there is also a heated balcony running the length of the room.