5-star hotel re-opens at affordable rates

IN the giddy days of plenty, five-star hotels charged stellar prices, but leaner times have brought charges crashing back to earth.

And so it is that the five-star Castlemartyr Hotel, opened to the bubbling of Bolly in August 2007, and charging a whopping e540 a night, has been humbled into opening its doors at a cost per person sharing of less than e100 a night.

The reality check was carried out by its new owners, the Dromoland Collection Group, and today a new era of affordability begins.

“We’re very much targeting the Irish market and we would like to see it open to all, while at the same time delivering a five-star service,” said Dromoland Collection managing director Mark Nolan.

Mr Nolan predicts the hotel will be much more accessible: “The Cork market is definitely stimulated, we are getting plenty of enquiries.”

He guarantees a Michelin star dining experience, minus the Michelin star. “We are talking top-class gourmet food — our chef trained in a Michelin star restaurant,” he said.

A four course meal can be sampled at a reasonably affordable e65 and three courses for e55. For those who fancy afternoon tea, this comes at e25.

The e70 million hotel is set on a 220-acre site that includes an 800-year-old castle, an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, spa and fitness centre.

Formerly operated by Capella, it closed in November when the management agreement ended between the Capella brand and West Paces Hotel Group, and re-opens as part of the Dromoland Collection.


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