Burlington on sale for quarter of boom’s €288m price tag

The landmark Burlington Hotel is for sale with a price tag of just a quarter of the €288m it sold for five years ago.

The hotel was bought from the Doyle family, along with an adjoining site for a further €100m, by developer Bernard McNamara at the height of the boom.

While Mr McNamara’s debts now amount to about €2bn, and include a number of hotels and a share of the costly Glass Bottle site, the 501-bed Burlington Hotel has continued under receivership/management to trade successfully.

The Burlington was sold by the Doyle family at the same time they sold their Dublin 4 Jurys and Berkeley Court Ballsbridge hotels to Sean Dunne for about €375m.

Built in 1972 by the legendary hotelier PV Doyle, the “Burlo” is the city’s largest and busiest hotel/banqueting venue, with two bars, two restaurants, and a nightclub.

There’s a strong hotel business to be built on by new operators/investors, say agents CBRE, acting for receivers Grant Thornton and Lloyds/Bank of Scotland.

While it had a €1.2m investment in 2008, it is going to be brought up a few more notches again to regain a premier niche in Dublin’s strong hotel market.

CBRE’s Paul Collins said the sale “should appeal to many international hotel investors and the opportunity to acquire Ireland’s most successful and best-known hotel is undoubtedly going to generate strong worldwide interest”.


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