The family business, headed by Louis Fitzgerald and now in its 54th year, includes the Arlington and Louis Fitzgerald hotels, Joel’s restaurant, An Poitín Stil, the Stag’s Head, Kehoe’s pub, the Quays bar in Galway, and, most recently, Murphy’s bar in Galway.
Commenting on the purchase, Louis Fitzgerald said, “We have been an admirer of the Imperial Hotel for some time. The hotel has an incredible history and has built a fantastic reputation as one of the country’s most luxurious and boutique city hotels to stay in. This is a credit to the team in place there, and we look forward to working with them to continue to innovate.
“We have been looking for the right opportunity to expand into the Cork market for a number of years, and the Imperial, with its rich history and association with Michael Collins, is a great fit for what we stand for.
“Cork City is steeped in great culture and creativity, and future developments in the pipeline are very exciting. We look forward to being a part of it. On a personal note, the Flynn family have been a pleasure to deal with throughout the process. It is very satisfying to see the Imperial move from one Irish family to another, and to carry on its great heritage, particularly in a time when we see so many Irish hotels being bought by international investment funds.”
The acquisition comes on the back of major investment, renovations, a new food offering, a new strategic direction, and a myriad of awards over the past three years.
The new ownership has assured employees that their jobs are safe, and it is committed to investing in the continued development of staff skills and expertise. The Louis Fitzgerald Group has also assured guests that all vouchers will continue to be honoured.
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