Red Carnation Hotel Group has taken over its third hotel in Ireland with the acquisition of a new property in Dublin.
The 18-strong hotel chain, founded by Bea Tollman, announced the news to attendees at its internal company celebration held in London on Monday night, revealing that the group was to transform the city’s Hatch Hall near St Stephen’s Green into a new five-star hotel.
The story broke on Twitter, with news sources in Ireland quick to report on the announcement, however Red Carnation told Boutique Hotelier that a press release would be sent out ‘in due course’.
The listed Hatch Hall building dates back to 1913 and former uses include a hall of residence for UCD students.
It has been used by the Department of Justice as a direct provision centre for more than a decade, but will now undergo a renovation, according to reports.
In Ireland, Red Carnation currently owns and operates Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle, while other hotels in London, Guernsey, Switzerland and South Africa make up the rest of the portfolio.
Red Carnation acquired Ashford Castle out of receivership for €20 million in 2013 and has since pumped more than €75 million into its extensive renovation
According to reports, The Department of Justice said it had yet to be formally notified of any moves to convert Hatch Hall into a hotel.