EVIDENCE of the recovery and confidence in the Munster hotel sector is seen by the combined €3.5 million spent in just two hotel refurbishment projects alone, at the waterfront Trident Hotel in Kinsale harbour, and at the Clayton Hotel on Cork city’s quays.

Designer Daphne Daunt has worked on the four-star, 75-bed Trident Hotel’s €1.5m upgrade, saying she was inspired in the use of colours by the waterside setting and proximity: the Trident even has its own marina, and says of its Pier One restaurant and Foredeck bar that “the only way to be closer to the water is to get on a boat.”

Continuing on the marine theme, a curated collection of monochrome coastal photography by local photographer Rohan Reilly hangs in individual bedrooms, with furnishings from Ken Jackson, and from O’Donnell’s of Skibbereen.

Set by the pier in the picturesque harbour gourmet tourist town, the Trident’s recent six-month investment overhaul comes as Kinsale continues to grow in popularity, aided as the official start/end point of the thousands of kilometres long Wild Atlantic Way.

Its 73 rooms include an executive wing of 30 rooms, and a penthouse level of nine luxury suites.

Its business comes from leisure, which includes the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course, conferences and weddings.

“Versatility is the defining feature of our hotel,” said manager Hal McElroy, who marks 30 years at the Trident’ helm this summer.

  • Meanwhile, in Cork harbour, close to €2 million has been invested in the refurbishment at the 100-bed, four-star Dalata Hotel Group’s Clayton Hotel Cork City on Lapps Quay, which includes a coffee bar, and on-going upgrading of the feature Atrium area for snugs and other meeting sections.

The Clayton’s Globe Restaurant and Bar has gone bistro-style and is now sourcing produce from the city’s English Market, while also upgraded is the Club Vitae Leisure Club.

Room occupancy rates at the 170-job city hotel are one of the highest in the region, and the next phase of renovation and upgrading focuses on the conference facilities at the Clayton.


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