Recent developments in Galway hotel sector

The Clayton Hotel in the Ballybrit area of Galway was recently acquired by Irish hotel group Dalata. The hotel was acquired as part of a €31.7 million deal that also included Whites Hotel in Wexford. Previous to the completion of the purchase both hotels had already been operated by Dalata under a management contract since 2009.

A favourite with racing fans, the Clayton Hotel is located close to the Ballybrit Racecourse on the outskirts of Galway city centre. The four-star hotel has 195 rooms as well as a restaurant, the Enclosure bar and conference facilities. The recreation center has a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann said: “We are delighted to have secured the Clayton Hotel in Galway and Whites Hotel in Wexford. We look forward to continuing our work with the management and staff at both properties to realise the full potential of both hotels in the years ahead.”

It was also recently announced that the Glenlo Abbey Hotel has appointed Rory O’Sullivan as general manager. A native of Kenmare, Rory has previously worked alongside the Brennan Brothers of the ‘At Your Service’ programme as general manager of the five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare.

Rory previously worked as General Manager of the Castle Hotel in Macroom, Co.Cork and has spent time in Australia, France and Dubai, where he worked with the Jumeirah hotel group. Mr O’Sullivan is a former graduate of the Hotel and Catering School of the Galway Mayo Institute of Techology.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “It’s great to return to Galway and I’m looking forward to working with the committed and enthusiastic team here at Glenlo Abbey to firmly establish the hotel and golf course as an excellent destination for hospitality with exacting standards.”

A preferred bidder was also selected recently for the purchase of the Hotel Clybaun in Knocknacarra in the Cloosh area of County Galway. Receivers put the 92-bed hotel on the market with a price in excess of €2 million. Selling agent Dermot Curtin of CBRE Hotels reported that: “We had a lot of interest. It’s a fine hotel and the first one in the city to be offered to the market since 2006/7. We have now selected a preferred bidder.”