Hilton gets go-ahead to add 97 rooms to Dublin city hotel
Planning permission has been granted for a new seven-storey 97-bedroom extension to the Hilton Dublin hotel in spite of local objections.
The City Council gave the go-ahead to Charlemont Leisure for the plan that will result in the hotel expanding to a total of 305 bedrooms.
An Taisce and local residents had expressed concerns over the proposal for the hotel, which overlooks the Grand Canal.
The planner in the case stated that given the city centre location, the existing height context and the previous planning history on the site, the proposed hotel development is considered acceptable. An objection from the management firm of the nearby Harcourt Green apartments raised a number of concerns.
In the objection lodged with the City Council, it stated that the Hilton plan "will greatly degrade the environmental, amenity and living standard of its (Harcourt Green) residents".
The planning permission comes against the background of a report from the the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation reporting that there is a need for 30 additional hotels providing 5,000 additional rooms in the capital by 2020/21.