The owners of Dublin's Ormond Hotel intend to use the venue's name as a brand for a new international hotel chain, with Plato Capital planning to open Ormond hotels in Kuala Lumpur in 2019 and Melbourne in 2020.
As reported by The Times, Ormond Group and Plato Capital chief executive Gareth Lim asserted that the Ormond Hotel's "rich history and stories", including its appearance in James Joyce's Ulysses, inspired Plato Capital to seek out sites "that would allow us to take the Ormond hotel spirit around the world".
A "Historically And Culturally Significant" Hotel Collection
It was revealed earlier this year that Plato Capital is set to develop a new 120-bedroom on the site of Dublin's former Ormond Hotel, with the venue's construction expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020, and Lim said that Dublin's new Ormond hotel will be "the flagship property in our expansion to historically and culturally significant neighbourhoods in city centres".
The Ormond Hotel chain will be a collection of individually-designed hotels "inspired by local artists, heroes or misfits whose spirit and work share the same sense of love of the city and neighbourhood [each hotel is] in".
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