Marlin gets green light for Dublin aparthotel

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Ireland: Marlin Apartments has been given planning permission for a 190-unit aparthotel in Dublin city centre.

The seven-storey €60 million project will be built at Bow Lane East behind Stephen's Green shopping centre. Marlin acquired the site a year ago from investors including the family that owns Fanagans funeral homes business. The group had secured planning for an eight-storey, 217-bedroom hotel in 2008 but the project was never developed.

A spokeswoman for Marlin said the group aimed to start work in the spring, and open the aparthotel, which will employ around 100 people, in 2018.
"We are very excited to be in Dublin. WE believe it is the p;ace to be in the coming years."

In its planning application, Marlin said the property will be a "bespoke, high quality design" aimed mainly at business travellers. Marlin is "keen to start construction to begin to deliver much-needed hotel bedrooms".

Marlin is owned by John Corless, a UK-based Irish businessman. It operates more than 700 serviced apartments across six developments in London, and is building a 218-room aparthotelon Westminster Bridge Road. In April last year it announced its intention to expand outside of London and to double its portfolio by 2020.


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