Friday 20 July 2018

Disused hotel reopens as student accommodation for €40-a-week

Gleneany House in Letterkenny (Photo: Google Maps)
Gleneany House in Letterkenny (Photo: Google Maps)

Greg Harkin

A disused hotel has been refurbished and reopened to offer student accommodation from just €40-a-week.

Gleneany House in Letterkenny closed its doors in 2011 as the economic crash hit the tourism industry.

Now it has been re-opened and offering budget accommodation to students at the nearby LYIT campus.

All 24 rooms are en-suite and each come with cable television, wi-fi, dishwasher and microwaves.

There’s even free parking, 24-hour security and the former hotel restaurant will re-open to provide meals.

Estate agent Manus McGroddy says the hotel will re-open as student accommodation from next month.

“If Carlsberg could do student accommodation then this would be it,” he said.

“We’re offering Carlsberg accommodation at Ryanair prices.

“We have put a lot of work into it. There is a definite shortage of student housing in Letterkenny and this will help to fill the gap.”

The auctioneer said more than half the rooms in the town centre building have already been snapped up.

“I went to college in Dublin many years ago and we certainly didn’t have any accommodation like this,” he said.

“The hotel was lying empty. A lot of money has been invested in it and it now ticks all the boxes for students coming to Donegal.

There is one downside, he admitted.

“The bar won’t be re-opening, but there is a very good one just across the road for any students who get time away from their busy studying schedule.”

Single rooms start at €60 - doubles for students wanting to share costs €80, or €40 each.

The only bill on top will be electricity.

Manus added: "There is also a student lounge and a launderette.

"A teacher will be living on site who will offer counselling services and advice."

In total there is room for 35 students.

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