Kenmare hotel will not be ‘at your service’ right until June, states John Brennan

John Brennan, one of the country’s greatest-recognised hoteliers, does not assume to reopen the 5-star Park Hotel in Kenmare, Co Kerry right up until Could or June due to Covid-19 lockdown constraints.

“I really don’t hope we’ll be ready to open up in advance of June 1st,” Mr Brennan explained to The Irish Times, incorporating that it could be May 1st in a best-situation circumstance.

Mr Brennan does not hope the hospitality sector will be permitted reopen right before St Patrick’s Day, and most likely not till after the Easter holiday getaway time period in April has handed, to reduce a surge in infections as took place final thirty day period as limitations were being lifted for Christmas.

In addition, Mr Brennan mentioned it would then be a number of months ahead of the Authorities moved the state down from the present Amount 5 to Stage 2 constraints, which would allow for inter-county vacation.

“It’s not commercially practical to reopen without the need of inter-county business enterprise,” he claimed. “Reopening a hotel is an high-priced business. You want progress reservations and there are a ton of workers prices before you transform a euro. We get a whole lot of people visiting from Cork, Limerick and Dublin.”

The Park opened for just 3½ months previous year and has been shut given that October thanks to the influence of Covid-19 on the financial state. In spite of this, Mr Brennan said the lodge had an “extremely fantastic season” serving primarily staycationers and completed the yr in a “cash positive” situation.

“We built revenue as opposed to losing funds, which we thought we would in March past year,” he claimed. “The climate was great through the summer and folks had a extremely great time.”

Help initiatives

Mr Brennan praised the various support initiatives introduced by the Governing administration to assist companies cope all through lockdown. And he is “optimistic” about the summer months period this calendar year, but doesn’t assume US website visitors to return in significant numbers right up until the spring of 2022 following the vaccine rollout has been concluded.

Mr Brennan was talking following it was declared that he and his brother Francis had obtained the Lansdowne Arms Hotel in Kenmare out of receivership. The home was marketed by accounting organization Mazars on behalf of financial commitment team Cerberus.

Positioned just about specifically reverse the front gates of the Park, the Lansdowne Arms has 28 bedrooms and is going through refurbishment, with new windows becoming set up and its roof staying replaced.

It will be rebranded as The Lansdowne Kenmare and is slated to reopen afterwards this calendar year. The property dates again to 1790 and promises to be the 2nd-oldest resort in Ireland.

He claimed the Lansdowne Arms would cost about €220 a evening, roughly 50 % the level charged by the Park. “It will be a various operation from the Park but the ethos will be the exact,” he stated. “It will do properly for the reason that of its flagship location in the city and the quality of its rooms.”

Mr Brennan also confirmed and he and his brother are filming yet another collection of At Your Provider for RTÉ, which is scheduled to air in January 2022. “We’re on the highway once more, it’s sequence 13 and we have 8 very good jobs.”