Big boost for Ballymun and Santry as Metro Hotel reopens

by Cóilín Duffy

Ballymun and Santry has received a major boost with the reopening of the Metro Hotel, Dublin Airport at Santry Cross this week.

The 88-bedroom hotel was forced to close after suffering significant fire damage, which started in an adjoining apartment in March 2018.

The complex reopened last Monday with a significantly enhanced offering, aimed at attracting a 4-star rating.

Since the closure, the Metro Hotel has underwent a major refurbishment to the tune of €20 million, focusing on the needs needs of families and business travellers arriving via Dublin International Airport.

Located only a short bus shuttle from the airport, the hotel caters to a national and international audience offering accommodation, enhanced meeting facilities and the ever popular ‘The Kitchen’ bar and restaurant.

Another boost to the local economy is the news that 50 permanent staff will be taken on by the hotel, in addition to part-time employment.

The 50 permanent staff, includes 10 staff members who were retained throughout the reinstatement.

It’s believed that the hotel will also support an estimated 100 indirect jobs in local businesses and suppliers arising from increased footfall and tourism related spending in the area.

Commenting, Mark Williams, General Manager of the Metro Hotel Dublin Airport, said: “During the closure we reinstated and substantially improved our hotel and we are thrilled to announce a re-opening date of 3rd February 2020.

“We very much look forward to opening our doors to returning and new customers and we are very pleased to be creating and supporting local jobs. 

“As we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for the Metro Hotel and for the broader community, we must also acknowledge the support and best wishes received following the fire in 2018 and also our enormous relief that no one was injured, or worse.

“We are deeply grateful for the quick actions of our staff, the Fire Service and Gardai for ensuring a speedy and safe evacuation of all involved,” Mr Williams added.     

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