Donegal set to reap benefit of new staycation culture, predicts hotelier as the newly extended and refurbished Beats Bar was launched last night at the Shandon Hotel. Invited guests gathered in the bar last night for drinks and canapé’s and a great nights entertainment.
The GM and newly appointed Director Carolynne Harrison welcomed one and all and said ‘this day 6 years ago we opened the Shandon Hotel and we remember the late Mick McCarthy who would have been celebrating his birthday today. She also mentioned his wife Breda was there along with her son Warren, Director of the Shandon and other family members.
Little did we know all those years ago the hotel would be the success that it is today, it’s hard to believe how the property has developed.
In 2017 we built and extra 18 rooms and changed the façade of the hotel, we have refurbished the bedrooms 3 times and upgraded the lobby of the hotel during the pandemic. We have now finished the bar and invested almost 1 million, she credited Warren’s vision who believed in us as a team and to the McCarthy family’ she said. She also thanked Paddy Campbell who was the Interior Designer.
Bookings at a leading Donegal hotel for 2022 are set to surpass all previous records as the county benefits from a new staycation culture.
The hotel was closed during the recession and bought out of liquidation by London-Irish businessman Warren McCarthy, the current owner.
With limited overseas travel in the past two years Donegal has been firmly put on the tourism map as tens of thousands of people from all over Ireland discovered our county for the first time.
“While we have always welcomed visitors from America, the UK and some northern counties, the pandemic changed that significantly. The most common accents we’ve heard have been from Dublin and Cork and even Kerry.
“Bookings for 2022 are already ahead of last year and the vast majority of bookings are from holidaymakers here in Ireland, with many of them repeat bookings from families who came here for the first time last year.”
The Shandon previous to 2016 and its current ownership used to open during the summer months but is now open all year round and employs 130 local staff. It has just won 2022’s Most Outstanding Luxury Hotel and Spa in Ireland in the LUX LIFE Global luxury hotel and spa awards.
“Our new bar and lounges are just the latest additions and we plan significant further investment in a new leisure centre, 24-hour gym and an expanded spa with outdoor hot tubs overlooking Marble Hill Beach.
“I do believe Donegal tourism is going to have its best summer ever and that’s a huge boost for so many rural areas where tourism is the lifeblood of the local economy.” she concluded. Continued success to all at the Shandon Hotel.