Saturday 24 February 2018

RTÉ books 5-star luxury hotels for its celebrity guests

Conrad Hotel
Conrad Hotel

Gordon Deegan

RTÉ has signed up a select group of hotels, including two five-star luxury hotels in Dublin, to look after its celebrity guests - but the celebrities will have to pay for their own drinks.

In a tender for hotel services for RTÉ to accommodate celebrity guests, presenters, contributors, advisors and external guests, the broadcaster has added the five-star Conrad and Dylan hotels to the six establishments on its Dublin hotel panel.

Advertised room rates for the Conrad yesterday show you can book a room for €247 to €1,147 per night next month. Meanwhile, room rates at the boutique Dylan hotel - a favourite of Kylie Minogue - can start at €209 and go up to €459.

However, the rate RTÉ pays under the contract is expected to deliver substantial discounts on the advertised rates.

In total, 33 hotels pitched for the business and other hotels to be included in RTÉ's hotel partnership include the Ballsbridge hotel in Dublin 4, Bewley's hotel, Ballsbridge, the Radisson Blu at Stillorgan and the Stillorgan Park Hotel.

The tender documentation discloses that the lowest offer received was €180,000 while the highest was €210,000.

However, a spokeswoman for RTÉ said yesterday: "The amounts quoted related to a theoretical calculation made as part of a tender evaluation process. Those sums are therefore not the same as the final sum that is spent with any individual hotel, which is likely to be lower."

In its tender, RTÉ specified that no alcoholic drink or bar items are to be charged to it and no additional charges or services are to be charged to RTÉ by guests.

The RTÉ spokeswoman said that in tendering for hotel services, it has meant that RTÉ is less vulnerable in a cost-rising market, with the various fluctuations in supply and demand rates.

The spokeswoman said the projected spend on hotel services this year "is likely to be in line with the costs of previous years as there have been no material changes to the requirement for rooms".

The station said it was unable to provide details of what its spend on hotel services was for guests last year and in 2013.

Irish Independent

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