The development of a new hotel on a site near Dublin Airport may not proceed due to a lack of meeting rooms in the venue's plans.
Trimstar Limited has been granted permission to build a 100-bedroom hotel near the capital's airport, and Marriot’s Aloft brand was set to operate the proposed venue.
However, according to The Business Post, Aloft has said that changes need to be made to the proposed hotel's plans before the brand can commit to operating the venue, with the main requested change being the provision of several meeting rooms.
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The owner of the land on which the hotel is planned to be built has been told by Fingal County Council that meeting rooms will not be permitted at the proposed venue because they would likely result in an unacceptable amount of people being present in the hotel at any one time, causing a public safety issue.
Viability In Doubt
The Business Post quotes representatives for the landowner as saying that if meeting rooms are not permitted, "the viability of the construction of the hotel is in doubt".
Meanwhile, Trimstar stated, "It must be noted that the commercial reality for the proposed hotel is such that it requires meeting rooms", and added, "The adjoining hotel [the existing Carlton Hotel] was permitted with the inclusion of meeting rooms. The omission of the meeting rooms results in the hotel development not being commercially viable to both the Marriott Aloft hotel group and various other hotel operators."
A decision from An Bord Pleanála about whether meeting rooms will be permitted is expected to be made before the end of the year.
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