Wednesday 23 October 2019

Jurys Inn to bring Nyx Hotel to Portobello site

Dublin's Portobello is to get a trendy Nyx hotel as owners Jurys Inn prepares to roll out thousands of new hotel rooms. (stock photo)
Dublin's Portobello is to get a trendy Nyx hotel as owners Jurys Inn prepares to roll out thousands of new hotel rooms. (stock photo)

Fearghal O'Connor

Dublin's Portobello is to get a trendy Nyx hotel as owners Jurys Inn prepares to roll out thousands of new hotel rooms.

Construction is about to begin at a site overlooking the Grand Canal on a 175- room boutique hotel, which will feature a nighttime venue with live music and DJs, and is due for completion towards the end of 2021.

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Jason Carruthers, managing director of Jurys Inn and Fattal Hotels in the UK and Ireland, which operates the Nyx and Leonardo brands here, told the Sunday Independent that it was part of a pipeline that could double the group's footprint here.

Despite moves to curtail hotel development in Dublin, he said the group had an Irish pipeline of about 500 new rooms and was on the lookout for sites.

Portobello would "work very, very well for a boutique lifestyle brand", he said.

"There's a lot of association with the local community with the Nyx brand, particularly around art and music. Typically, the ground floor of a Nyx hotel is a lot more vibrant than a Jurys Inn. So there'll be a very, very busy bar and lounge."

Carruthers said it would not be a traditional hotel bar but would feature "loud music, lights and a lot of emphasis on local DJs and local bands".

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