WICKLOW’S Ritz Carlton, once a Celtic Tiger playground for celebs, millionaires and rich businessmen, is closing its doors on the past and will trade as the Powerscourt Hotel from today.
The Five Star Ritz-Carlton will be re-branded the Powerscourt Hotel as part of its recent ownership change.
An examiner was appointed to the hotel last year and following a complex restructuring, it was sold earlier this year to Brehon Capital Partners, a Dublin based property investor, and Midwest Holdings, an international property investor for an undisclosed sum.
The 200 room hotel was built by Treasury Holdings and opened just as the economy was tanking in 2007.
It once boasted a Gordon Ramsay signature restaurant but that is being replaced by the new Sika restaurant.
The hotel will be managed by Interstate, which also manages the plush new Marker Hotel in Dublin's Grand Canal Square and will remain part of the Marriott's Autograph collection.
"The desire was to operate it as an independent hotel, giving the owners more control over the brand and position it as a luxury hotel," said David Webster, manager at the hotel.
The new restaurant will also be branded as part of the Powerscourt resort and will be run by head chef Peter Byrne, who is remaining with it from the Gordon Ramsay days.