Dublin Airport is set to get a luxury new €80 million hotel.
Fingal County Council gave the green light to the first terminal-linked hotel at Dublin Airport this month.
It’s expected to become one of Ireland’s largest hotels and provide an estimated 550 local jobs.
Headed by UK hotel group Arora, the new building will be built right beside Terminal 2 and include pedestrian access to the entire first floor level of the T2 car park.
Planning permission was granted under the condition that Arora Dublin T2 Ltd pay €2.17 million in public infrastructure planning contributions to Fingal County Council.
The 11-storey hotel, with a total floor area of 30,566 square metres, will provide 410 bedrooms and include a large range of amenities including a leisure centre on the third floor – complete with a gym, a steam room, sauna and a jacuzzi.
On the top floor, provisions have been made for a penthouse bar and an executive lounge, both of which open onto south-facing roof terraces.
On the ground floor, there are plans for 10 meeting rooms and a children’s play room while the first floor will provide an event/business space with five more meeting rooms.
Permission was also sought for the temporary use (five years) of two sites as construction compounds to serve the construction phase.
Arora submitted plans to the council in May 2021 after it was selected by DAA through public tender process as the preferred operator.
Under this agreement, Arora will operate the hotel for 100 years until ownership reverts back to DAA.
This is the UK group’s first venture in Ireland, operating airport hotels in the likes of London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
The planning permission is subject to any appeal brought to An Bord Pleanála.
So far, one individual has objected to the council over the hotel application.
P Keenan from Carrickhill Heights, Portmarnock argued that “rather than more construction, a bit of judicious demolition is required on the Dublin Airport campus.”