Dublin's Zanzibar Hospitality Venue To Fully Reopen Later This Year Following Completion Of Redevelopment
A multimillion-euro redevelopment of Zanzibar on Dublin's Lower Ormond Quay is in its final stages and it is planned to reopen fully later in 2021.
As reported by The Business Post, the property, which is now known as Zanzibar Locke, has been redeveloped to include 160 hotel apartments with fully equipped kitchens, a ground floor café and restaurant, a workout studio and a rooftop cocktail bar.
Locke Hotels has reportedly entered into a joint venture with Alan Clancy of NolaClan, which is the hospitality business behind House in Dublin, Limerick and Belfast, to run the property's restaurant, which is called Baraza.
The building's café and restaurant as well as its co-working and internet facilities will reportedly be open to the public.
Locke Hotels Co-Founder Statements
The Business Post quotes Locke Hotels co-founder Andrew Fowler as saying, "We want to be a hotel that's embedded in the local community and linked in with local businesses. We very much invite the local neighbourhood in. We want our spaces to be vibrant and buzzing."
Locke did a soft launch for the property in December of 2020, and Fowler reportedly said that it opened with approximately 40% occupancy, before rising to 54% in May and 78% in June.
Fowler reportedly said, "We were able to pivot to a more residential-style product for longer-term stays. That worked for the smaller number of travellers who were typically staying for longer during the pandemic."
A full opening of Zanzibar Locke is reportedly planned for later this year when COVID-19 pandemic-related business restrictions ease further, and Fowler reportedly said that he is expecting the property’s hotel to appeal to short- and long-stay corporate guests as well as tourists.
Employees And Investment
The overall Zanzibar Locke scheme will reportedly employ approximately 100 people.
The exact level of investment that has been put into refurbishing Zanzibar Locke has not been revealed, but with the average spend per room on a Locke hotel reportedly being approximately €150,000, the bill is reportedly understood to be over €20 million.
Locke is also currently constructing Beckett Locke, which will reportedly include a food hall, near the Three Arena in Dublin’s North Dock.
The Business Post quotes Fowler as saying, "Beckett is slightly different; it’s a new build. We always saw the opportunity in Dublin as wanting to do something in the traditional core [of the city] and then something in the docks. They are two very different locations, but two very key locations.
"Beckett provides the opportunity to put in some two-beds and larger units. We’ve got some penthouse suites along the top that will go down well with the music and events people next door."
Beckett Locke is reportedly due to open in the final quarter of 2021 and will reportedly include 240 apartments.
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