DUBLIN’S Morrison Hotel – owned by Russian billionaire Elana Baturina – will reopen next month under Hilton’s ‘DoubleTree’ brand.
The hotel has undergone a €7m refurbishment since Ms Baturina acquired the property from NAMA last year. The Morrison opened in 1999 and was originally part of the late Hugh O’Regan’s business empire.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, a senior vice-president at Hilton Worldwide, said the chain was confident the DoubleTree brand would do well in Ireland. It will be the first time Hilton has used the DoubleTree brand in Ireland.
“We’ve been eager to secure the right location,” he said. “This deal is also indicative of a renewed buoyancy in the Irish hospitality market, visible in both the strong performance of our existing portfolio and the confidence of owners and developers to invest.”
One of Dublin’s most high-profile hotels – the Burlington – was bought in November by US private equity giant Blackrock for €67m. Ms Baturina paid €22m for the 138-bedroom Morrison.
Patrick Joyce, the former general manager of the Lyrath Estate hotel in Kilkenny, has been appointed general manager of the Morrison.