ANOTHER big hotel group has withdrawn from Limerick with the decision of the Marriott Hotel group to discontinue its brand name at a city centre property.
It comes 18 months after the Hilton Hotel group withdrew its brand from the city.
The 94-bedroom former Marriott Hotel will, however, continue as The Savoy Hotel. Located in Henry Street, the property was developed by the Fordmount Group, which was responsible for a number of major developments in the city centre.
The Savoy Hotel will operate under the tenancy and management of Michael Roche and Ronan Brannigan, who operate the successful Hampton’s restaurant in the basement of the hotel building.
Mr Brannigan said: “We’d be as happy running it as an independent hotel or a Marriott, but it’s better for us not to pay big franchise fees. The Savoy remains a five-star hotel and we will be working to even take that standard up a notch.”
Mr Brannigan also owns the hugely popular Market Square restaurant.
The Savoy Hotel stands on the site of the former Savoy cinema and theatre which for decades was the biggest entertainment centre in Limerick and which hosted many international acts.
The former Hilton Hotel has continued to trade successfully as The Strand, which stands on the site of the old Jury’s Hotel.
Its visitors this summer included the Australian soccer squad when they came to play the Republic at Thomond Park.
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