Whelehan to spend €5m on Montenotte Hotel
Cork's Montenotte Hotel is to get a €5m makeover as part of a revamp and extension of the property.
The upgrades will see the addition of a bar and restaurant, private cinema, library, more conferencing facilities and the touching up of all 107 bedrooms.
A six-metre outdoor terrace will be added to the entire length of the main building giving the hotel "uninterrupted views" of the city and the River Lee.
Work has commenced and is expected to continue through to June. The hotel is open throughout the works.
The hotel is owned by Choice Hotels. Its boss, Frankie Whelehan, was one of the best known figures in the industry during the Celtic Tiger years but is now operating on a smaller scale.
A number of the former Choice Hotels, which included the Gibson Hotel in Dublin, have been taken over by Dalata in recent years.
"The Montenotte Hotel is the third largest hotel in Cork, with a superb location and setting. Following this redevelopment, it will be transformed to meet its enormous potential," said Mr Whelehan.