Ashling Hotel Becomes First Hotel In Dublin To Provide Sensory Space For Families

By Robert McHugh
Ashling Hotel Becomes First Hotel In Dublin To Provide Sensory Space For Families

Dublin’s Ashling Hotel has unveiled a new sensory family bedroom, specifically designed for children and families staying at the hotel.

The provision of a sensory room for guests in the Dublin 8 hotel makes it the first in the capital to offer such a space.

As I Am

Due to the Ashling Hotel’s close proximity to St James’s Hospital and other neighbouring hospitals, it frequently hosts families attending various medical appointments.

Furthermore, the fact that autism awareness charity As I Am is a long-standing designated charity partner led to the idea to have a tailor-made family bedroom suite, specifically aimed at offering a true sensory-sensitive room for guests.

‘Perfect Location’

“Having a child with a sensory-sensitive condition is always a huge challenge when a family chooses to stay in a hotel. We are delighted we chose to address this in a meaningful way, and proud that Adam [Harris, founder and CEO] and As I Am believe this bedroom will significantly help any parent and child staying in the Ashling,” said Ronan Walsh, managing director and general manager.


“Being so close to Heuston train station, yet in the city, the Ashling is a perfect location to stay, and now another stressful scenario is addressed, and families can actually look forward to bring a child with sensory difficulties, too.”

‘Welcome Development’

As I Am CEO Adam Harris was on hand to officially open the room for families and welcomed the hotel’s newest addition.

“Autistic people, and our families, deserve the same chance to live, work and play in the community, and accessible hotels are key to delivering this vision,” said Harris.

“Too often, families lose out on holiday opportunities due to the lack of predictable, supportive environments. This is a much-welcome development that I am sure will see many others follow.”