MINNEAPOLIS--Radisson Hotels Worldwide opened its first hotel in
the Republic of Ireland.
The 151-room property in Dublin opened in August upon completion
of a 10-year, $42 million renovation. The hotel, called the
Radisson SAS St. Helen's Hotel Dublin, is managed by Radisson SAS
Hotels Worldwide. "The hotel is a national monument, so there were
strict guidelines about the renovation," said Aileesh Carew,
The stone exterior of the hotel, which dates to 1754, was
cleaned but otherwise left unchanged while the interior was
restored with the help of historians and more than 1,000 Irish
artisans, she said. "The ambience is a mix of old and new, with the
use of a lot of glass."
The decor was designed to retain an old world feel with modern
touches, such as the use of glass and rattan. "I think people today
want a quality product but don't generally want to feel they have
to behave, dress in a certain way or be intimidated," Carew said.
"They don't want to wear a suit and tie to dinner, but they still
want an upscale environment."
New construction includes 2,420 feet of meeting space and
state-of-the-art conference facilities. Dining options include the
Lepanto, set in three formal rooms overlooking the garden, and the
Afternoon tea is available in the Ballroom Lounge, which
features such 18th century pieces as a marble fireplace and
chandeliers. Carew anticipates that incentive and business clients,
attracted by the Radisson SAS brand, will mix with the leisure
market, especially on weekends.
A Special Opening Offer, available through Nov. 30, includes
accommodations and full Irish breakfast for two. The package is
priced at about $115. The Hotel Plan Opening Offer, also for two,
includes accommodations, a buffet breakfast, a bottle of wine, a
fruit basket, a bathrobe and bedroom slippers. Available through
Dec. 31, the offer costs about $145.
Radisson SAS St. Helen's Hotel Dublin
Phone: (800) 333-3333