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Shelbourne Hotel acquired by US property investment group

The Shelbourne Hotel has been acquired by US property investment group Kennedy Wilson, which is planning to invest millions of euro into the business to build on its status as the top five-star hotel in Dublin. This will include a facelift for the hotel’s facade, which is considered a “priority project”. Plans are also being developed to add a hair and beauty salon to its existing spa facilities, and to refurbish its 19 suites and public areas.

Ownership of this prized asset has switched from Jerry O’Reilly and John Sweeney, the remaining owners from a consortium that acquired the hotel in 2004. Other members of the consortium included Bernard McNamara, who was recently declared bankrupt in Britain.

The receivership has no impact on the operation of the hotel, with all sums owed to staff, trade creditors and the Revenue Commissioners to be paid in full by the new owners.

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