CORK hotelier Michael Magner has acquired full ownership of the historic Vienna Woods Hotel.
The hotel will now be re-named ‘Cork’s Vienna Woods Country House’.
Mr Magner and his father-in-law Brian Scully have bought out the Fitzgerald family for an undisclosed sum.
He originally purchased the hotel in 2006 in partnership with the Fitzgerald family, owners of the four-star Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa in Adare, Limerick.
They have restored the 18th-century property back to its former glory with a €5 million investment, adding on a ballroom and eight self-catering villas, bringing the total bedrooms on site to 77.
Last year, the hotel also upgraded all guest rooms and suites in the property and invested in meeting spaces and technology to meet the hotel’s growing demand as a business destination.
A further investment of €500k will be made by Mr Magner and Mr Scully following the acquisition over the coming season to deliver a refurbished foyer, conference suites, occasion and dining space.
Mr Magner said: “Since moving to Cork in 2006 it has become my home, I suppose the fact my mother is a native of Meelin in North Cork, the attraction of Cork was well and truly in my blood.”
Michael and his wife Annette have three children and are determined to buck the trend of ‘big chain’ hotels by keeping Vienna Woods as a family-owned property.
“Our family acquisition will ensure this passion for personal, warm Irish hospitality will continue for future generations to come and we look forward to greeting all our loyal and future guests who visit the hotel”.
Sitting on 22 acres of mature grounds, the historic country house which was once the home of the famous Crawford brewing family.
Cork is in the midst of a ‘mini-boom’ when it comes to the hotel sector, with numerous new builds and redevelopments.
More than 1,300 hotel beds have been delivered or planned for the city.
The Maldron Hotel recently opened on South Mall, with 163 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, a cafe and six conference rooms.
An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for a 220-room hotel on Sullivan’s Quay on the site of the former tax office.
The developers Bam have demolished the site but have yet to begin construction work on the project.
Developers Clarendon is making steady progress on a major new office development on Horgan’s Quay close to Kent Station called HQ. It will include the 136-bed Dean Hotel, with a rooftop garden.
Across the road on Penrose Quay, planning permission is in place for a floating hotel to be docked at the quay.
However, the company Sick and Sore Ltd have yet to secure a vessel for the plan.
On MacCurtain Street, the Metropole is planning a major expansion of their historic premises.
It will add a further 195 rooms through a new boutique hotel facing Patrick’s Quay. There are also plans for a budget hotel in Parnell Place and another hotel to join the Maldron and the Imperial on South Mall.
The former Moore’s Hotel on Morrison’s Quay, which was a listed derelict building, was also sold recently for more than €7m but the redevelopment plans have not yet been announced.