Wednesday 7 December 2016

I'll put InterContinental Hotel back on the radar, says Malone's new manager

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

Nicky Logue, manager of the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin’s Ballsbridge. Photo: Mark Condren
Nicky Logue, manager of the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin’s Ballsbridge. Photo: Mark Condren

Dublin's InterContinental Hotel - formerly the Four Seasons - "fell off the radar" in the last number of years, according to its new general manager.

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Nicky Logue - who has joined the hotel from the rival Gibson Hotel - will oversee the remaining half of a €5m renovation plan funded by the hotel's owners, telecoms tycoon John Malone, John Lally, and Paul Higgins.

The men bought the hotel from London & Regional Properties last year.

"I do sort of feel in the last couple of years it's gone off the radar. It went from Four Seasons, and I think there was a hold on spending with the recession and all that. It's come under the new ownership of MHL Hotels ... they're investing money in it," Logue told the Sunday Independent.

About 100 of the hotel's 197 rooms have been refurbished and the remainder will be renovated in the first half of 2017, Logue said.

Ten further rooms will be added via the conversion of an office block on the property's first floor. "There's only opportunity in terms of sales, profits, profile, standards, and to really put the hotel back on the map," he said.

"I think there were people who were coming here and going: 'Oh my god, the hotel has really deteriorated,' and I think that's done a bit of reputational damage."

"Really for me it's all about focusing on the customer," he added.

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