Starwood plans third property for Ireland

Starwood Hotels & Resorts plans to open its third hotel in Ireland, acquiring Killeen Castle in Dunsany, County Meath. Working with Irish property company, Snowbury, the hotel group will develop the 179-room luxury hotel to open in 2009. It will comprise the existing historical structure of Killeen Castle with new-build facilities offering two restaurants, three bars, 1,357 sqm of meeting space and a gift shop. Other facilities will include a 1,000 m2 health club and spa, including swimming pool, and 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, club house, and Dave Pelz Golf Academy. Killeen Castle is a historical castle built by the de Lacy family in 1181. In 1841, the ninth Earl of Fingal demolished the original castle and erected the building standing today. The hotel will be 40km north of Dublin and approximately 30 minutes by car from Dublin International Airport. This hotel is the second hotel announcement for Ireland for Starwood in the last year. In May it opened the Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa in Cork, as the first entry of Starwood’s most global hotel brand into the Irish market. The first hotel in the region was the Westin Dublin that opened in 2001.

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