Iveagh Garden Hotel Celebrates Its Official Opening


Barney McGill,Brian McGill and Jim McGuinness at the official opening of the Iveagh Garden Hotel in Harcourt Street,Dublin. Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee

Barney McGill,Brian McGill and Jim McGuinness at the official opening of the Iveagh Garden Hotel in Harcourt Street,Dublin.
Pic Brian McEvoy

Dublin’s newest luxury hotel, the four star Iveagh Garden Hotel at 72-74 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 celebrated its official opening on Wednesday 11th April 2018 with a host of famous faces from the worlds of sport, entertainment and business. Special guest All-Ireland winning former Donegal manager turned soccer coach Jim McGuinness joined Brian and Sally McGill and their children Danielle, Jennie, Katie, Michelle and Barney to mark the completion of the latest addition to McGill’s portfolio, which includes neighbouring Harcourt Hotel and Harrington Hall.

RTE’s Michael Lyster was on hand to act as MC, as partygoers mingled in the stylish Elle’s Bar & Bistro enjoying entertainment by Paddy Cole and his band, while sampling from the botanical inspired bar menu of fine wines, craft beers and classic cocktails. This premium drinks reception was complemented by a host of delicious canapés including Ballycotton smoked salmon blinis with dill crème fraîche; duck liver and foie gras mousse with a red onion jam and duck crumb; crab and crayfish cocktail with an Irish whiskey Marie Rose sauce; rare fillet of Irish beef, celeriac remoulade and shallot foam; Fivemiletown goats cheese with golden beetroot jelly, candied walnut and beetroot powder, as well as wild mushroom arancini, truffle and garlic aioli. A trio of classically indulgent mini desserts followed, with mixed berry cheesecake, lemon meringue pie and chocolate truffles.

Designed for the professional sector, this primly located hotel offers luxury accommodation with 152 bedrooms ranging from deluxe to premium suites with balconies over-looking the historic Iveagh Gardens. Elle’s, a spacious ground floor bar and bistro provides a stylish social space for guests and local executives to relax in. Serving a concise seasonal menu designed by head chef Darren O’Brien, dishes feature the highest quality local Irish produce. Downstairs At The Iveagh is a versatile function room that accommodates up to 300 standing, ideal for corporate events, weddings and social occasions.

An oasis of calm in the heart of the capital, Iveagh Garden Hotel is the first and only hotel in Europe to develop a unique low energy system that creates the lowest carbon footprint possible. The revolutionary system uses natural energy that is harvested on site. This natural energy plant room uses electricity produced on site in a gas turbine, which eliminates electrical energy loss from grid power.

Located at 72-74 Harcourt Street, the existing four storey buildings comprising of 56,000 square feet have been completely renovated with two new floors added with the support of architects DMOD and McGill Construction. Sensitive to its position on a renowned Georgian street, design group JDDG (John Duffy Design Group) has retained the classic and original character of the building while creating a stunning contemporary experience. The Georgian facade has been carefully restored and the interior features a blend of modern styling with original features.

Inside the foyer boasts elegant heights with the original tall Georgian windows facing onto Harcourt Street, with coffered ceilings featuring modern chandeliers and large patterned vibrant glossy porcelain tiles. The reception area is elegantly designed with black marble highlighted with brass framing and contrasted with luxurious velvet sofas and couches inspired from mid-century style.

The foyer leads into Elle’s through an impressive ebony stained timber screen with tall double doors. The two tiered bar bistro area is crowned by a striking roof light that showers the area with natural light. The extensive bar and back bar presents an emerald green marble inlaid with a pattered brass design. Outside the terrace features a leafy display with a terrace of planting and tiered awnings, enhanced by the charm of the neighbouring Iveagh Garden to the rear.

The Iveagh Garden Hotel is the latest addition to seasoned hoteliers Brian and Sally McGill’s portfolio, which includes neighbouring Harcourt Hotel and Harrington Hall. The redevelopment was managed by the McGill family siblings including Danielle, Jennie, Katie, Michelle and Barney, who are all actively involved in the management of the sister hotels and the DTwo and The Black Door nightclubs. John Pardy formerly of the Shannon Oaks Hotel has been appointed as General Manager of Iveagh Garden Hotel and brings a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry. A total of 150 jobs have being created.



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