Rooms with no views for developer's new city hotel
A DEVELOPER wants to build a new hotel in Dublin city centre but some of the bedrooms will have no windows.
Kendellbell Midwest Ltd has applied for planning permission from Dublin City Council to construct a hotel with a bar and restaurant and a retail unit on two sites on Moore Lane and Moore Street.
Both buildings will be seven storeys with the larger development planned for the Moore Lane site.
The hotel will have 107 bedrooms, but six of these will be windowless according to floor plans.
This type of room can be found in some other European city hotels and often have a mural painted on the wall to give guests the illusion of having a window.
Cllr Ciaran Cuffe submitted an observation to the planning department asking that these rooms be banned from the hotel.
"Such rooms are more generally associated with seedier establishments of ill-repute," he wrote.
"I believe this is entirely inappropriate from the perspective of human health and fire safety and suggest that such rooms should not be allowed."
An architect and urban planner by profession, he is opposed to this type of room coming to the capital.
"It's not healthy and it's not good from the point of view of the tourism product that we are selling in this town," he told the Herald.
The 4,381 sq m development will boasts a six-floor terrace and a central atrium among its main features if permission is granted.
A number of objections have been lodged against the proposal based on the site's historic relevance to the 1916 Rising.
Both the Save Moore Street Committee and the Save 16 Moore Street Committee have declared that the site is linked to the 1916 Rising and deserves to be protected.
Local residents are also unhappy with the current plans and an architectural firm's letter of observation called the project a 'gross over-development'.