Kingsley owners planning hotel extension

Kingsley owners planning hotel extension
The Kingsley Hotel. Pic; Larry Cummins.

THE Kingsley Hotel has sought planning permission for a major expansion.

Owners Xiu Lan Hotels, which also owns the Fota Island Resort, is looking to add 63 new guestrooms to the hotel on the Carrigrohane Road.

Plans would see 19 two-bedroom apartments and the existing hotel gym converted into guest rooms as the hotel aims to answer a demand for hotel beds in the city centre.

In addition to these, a number of existing parking garages would be converted into a new state-of-the-art gym if planning is granted, while the owners are also looking to add a number of new administration offices and meeting rooms.

Plans include the construction of a single-storey extension at the southern side of the hotel and the construction of walkways to link the hotel to a former apartment building.

If approved, the major expansion will be one of a number of additions to Cork's hotel scene in the coming years.

Operators in the city have claimed that there is a significant shortage of hotel beds in Cork, with many unable to meet demand during last year's Guinness Jazz Weekend.

In addition to the ambitious plans at the Kingsley, work is also expected this year on the unfinished hotel on South Mall, purchased last May by Dalata, while hopes are high that BAM may commence works on the former tax office on Sullivan's Quay, which is also earmarked for hotel use.

City Hall planners will examine the Kingsley Hotel's application with a decision likely to be made in May.

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