DALATA Hotel Group, the largest hotel group in Ireland, has officially opened its first development in Scotland, creating 80 jobs locally.
The £40million, 300-bedroom four-star Maldron hotel is on Renfrew Street on the site of the former STV headquarters in Glasgow City Centre.
It features stylish spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, residents’ gym, and state-of-the-art business facilities.
It is also highly tech-enabled with Google Chromecast in each bedroom, digital check-in and a virtual guest services platform.
The business-friendly hotel has invested in interactive Clevertouch technology in all meeting facilities, alongside Clickshare wireless connectivity, enabling ease of streaming for virtual meeting integration.
In 2022 Dalata will strengthen its presence in Glasgow with the opening of a four-star Clayton Hotel at Custom House Quay.
Hazel Galloway, general manager of Maldron Hotel Glasgow City, said: “It is a momentous occasion today and I am extremely proud to open this hotel in my home city after what has been a challenging year for everyone in hospitality.
“I believe we have assembled among the very best in the business for our 80-strong team and we worked extremely hard to ensure the finest of welcomes to our guests arriving today.”
Jim Clarkson, regional leadership director (west) for VisitScotland said: “Congratulations to the team at the Maldron Hotel on opening in Glasgow this summer. At a time when we are working hard with partners to restore the city’s tourism industry to growth, this is a welcome addition to Glasgow capacity for attracting new events and leisure business in the months and years ahead.
“Tourism is a force for good, creating economic and social value, and enhancing the wellbeing of everyone who experiences it. This new hotel and its 80-strong workforce represent a fresh boost for the city centre, and a great sign that Glasgow is back in business.”
Susan Deighan, director of city marketing and external relations at Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow enjoys an international reputation as a vibrant, welcoming destination with an unrivalled tourism offer and world-class customer service.
“Attracting the Maldron brand is a perfect fit for the city and this stunning new development, located at the heart of the city centre, will offer visitors an ideal base from which to explore Glasgow’s outstanding cultural experiences and attractions as well as Scotland’s breath-taking natural landscape.”
Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “As we approach COP26 [climate change conference] later this year and prepare for the World Cycling Championships in 2023, the Maldron Glasgow City Hotel will complement the city’s portfolio of hospitality businesses ready to cater to both leisure and business guests alike.
“Glasgow was named as the World’s Leading Events and Festivals destination in 2019, and as restrictions are eased and we begin to once again play host, the Maldron Glasgow City Hotel is a welcomed investment which will support the rebuild of our city centre for future events.”
The hotel, funded by Aberdeen Standard Investments, was developed by MRP and constructed by McAleer & Rushe.