Sunday 20 January 2008

New 200-bed hotel planned for Vicar Street music venue

A 200-BED hotel is to be built at the Vicar Street music venue. Crosbie Properties has applied for planning permission for the hotel which will also contain artists' studios and rehearsal rooms. The new hotel will function as a showcase for emerging Irish artists and a budget of 1m has been set aside for the purchase of art works by talented young painters, sculptors and designers. The music venue will remain open during construction.

Designed by Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects the new hotel will be 'modern and stylish' a spokesperson for the developers says.

"The building will be located behind the music venue and will be constructed in polished concrete and will be minimalist in style.

"One trademark aspect of the new hotel will be the planned rooftop restaurant and coffee shop. The rooms will be fairly compact, but at the same time the intention is to make them as comfortable and cosy as possible. As well as toilet and shower facilities and flat screen TVs, each room will have its own balcony. And free wi-fi access will be available throughout the building."

Room rates will start at 50 to encourage students and young oversees visitors on limited budgets. Ticket/bedroom packages will be available to patrons from outside Dublin who wish to see shows in Vicar St, the new Point arena and the Libeskind theatre at Hanover Quay which is currently under construction.

"This new building will make a welcome addition to the ongoing rejuvenation of the Liberties, " the spokesman says.

"We expect that local pubs and businesses will benefit from the increased visitor numbers attracted to the area by the hotel.

"There's already one million people a year passing through the area on their way to the Guinness hop store, which is one of the most successful tourist attractions in the world.

"Subject to the granting of planning permission, we would expect work on the project to begin sometime this spring."

Sunday Tribune

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