Manager of Cork hotel highlights value of luxury hotels

According to the managing director of the up-market hotel group the Dromoland Collection, Mark Nolan, prices at five star hotels have fallen by around 60 percent since the heady days of the boom just a few years ago. The AA five star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork is part of the group managed by Mr Nolan who said that there were currently some “astonishing rates” to be had for guests wanting to avail of the facilities at some of the best hotels in the country. “In the boom days of the Celtic Tiger a couple looking to take a two-night weekend break in one of our luxury five-star hotels would expect to pay at least €1,000. Now, the same hotels are offering the same deluxe accommodation and service but at a much reduced cost and for as little as €400 or €98.50 per person sharing, which represents a saving of around 60%.” Mr Noaln was quoted recently as saying in the Irish Examiner.

The Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) concurred with Mr Nolan’s suggestion, indicating that prices at five-star hotels had fallen considerably during the last three years. “Overall, prices have fallen substantially by as much as 30% across the entire hotel sector over that time — meaning Ireland is the cheapest for hotel rooms in western Europe,” an IHF spokesman was quoted as saying.

Junior Tourism Minister Michael Ring recently made an appeal for Irish people to consider staying at home for their holidays to help support the embattled Irish tourism and hotel sectors. Mr Nolan said that both Dromoland and Castlemartyr hotels had recently experienced a “significant uplift” in bookings from the home market.