Shelbourne Owner Claims Deal Done To Sell Hotel

By Robert McHugh
Shelbourne Owner Claims Deal Done To Sell Hotel

Kennedy Wilson, the owner of the Shelbourne Hotel, in Dublin, appears to have confirmed that the hotel will be sold.

In a note to investors in its annual report, Kennedy Wilson noted that it is under contract to sell ‘one wholly-owned Irish hotel asset’.

The Shelbourne Hotel is the only hotel in Ireland belonging to Kennedy Wilson since the sale of the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links in 2019.

Cultural Landmark

For nearly 200 years, the Shelbourne has been a cultural landmark, with a rich and glamorous history.

The five-star hotel has welcomed presidents, royalty, famous artists, writers, and Hollywood film stars.


Complex Transaction

In 2014, Kennedy Wilson acquired the debt secured by the Shelbourne Hotel for $152 million (€139.6 million) in a complex transaction involving multiple sellers.

The Shelbourne Hotel is located in Dublin’s prime central business district, on St Stephen’s Green, and features 265 rooms, including 19 suites.

Additionally, it features 12 meeting rooms, two bars, a restaurant, and a health club that includes a newly renovated spa and swimming pool.


In 2016, Kennedy Wilson completed a refurbishment of the exterior facade, which later won the Irish Georgian Society’s top award.

Kennedy Wilson’s value-added asset management programme also included an extensive interior renovation of all suites, deluxe park view rooms, corridors, and the historic staircase, as well as a redesign and refurbishment of the reception and lobby.


Autograph Collection Hotels

In 2018, the team refurbished several revenue-generating food and beverage offerings, all the meeting rooms, and the main ballroom.

In 2019, following the completion of its $40 million (€36.7 million) refurbishment programme, the Shelbourne became a member of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels, a portfolio of more than 170 independent hotels around the world.


Since acquiring the Shelbourne, Kennedy Wilson claims that its value-added initiatives have resulted in the annualised net operating income for the property more than doubling, to approximately $15 million (€13.7 million).

The Sunday Times reported in December that Kennedy Wilson was considering a sale of the hotel for €260 million or a disposal of a 50% share in the property.