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'It has been a long wait' - Hotels and B&Bs prepare to welcome back guests

Hotel and B&B owners say it's "a great day" as they prepare to reopen for the first time in f...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

07.44 2 Jun 2021


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'It has been a long wait' - Hotels and B&Bs prepare to welcome back guests

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

07.44 2 Jun 2021


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Hotel and B&B owners say it's "a great day" as they prepare to reopen for the first time in five months.

Accommodation services - including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels - now have the green light to reopen, just in time for the June bank holiday weekend.

Their leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services can also reopen but will be limited to guests or residents.

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It comes amid a gradual easing of restrictions on the hospitality and tourism sector, and ahead of the planned return of outdoor dining for pubs, restaurants and cafés from Monday.

Kevin Dundon - the well-known Irish chef and owner of  Dunbrody House in Co Wexford  - spoke to Newstalk Breakfast.

He said: “It’s so exciting down there - it’s been a hive of activity getting Dunbrody ready again.

“It’s fantastic, and it’s been a long wait.

"It’s quite depressing to see your hotel boarded up for five months. But it’s a beautiful day down here in Wexford today.

Dunbrody is unique in a sense that there’s lots of space here… people feel very safe, and there’s very strong distancing.”

Kevin said there's always some availability in terms of rooms, but bookings have been “very strong”.

He added that all the hotel’s staff members have returned to work, with the exception of one bartender who has changed careers.

Meanwhile, Susan Daly of Daly’s House B&B in Doolin said they're really looking forward to reopening.

She said: "We’re hoping and praying the weather will hold. We’re all set to welcome our guests back.

“A lot of Irish people have booked with us… slowly now the American market is coming back, but it looks like it will probably be August, September, October. But our Irish guests are coming, and we’re so looking forward to taking care of them.”

Susan said things are looking "way better” compared to last year, with more certainty for accommodation providers and guests alike.

She added: “I think we have to be optimistic. It’s summertime, things are looking really well in Doolin, and all the businesses are opening up.”

Main image: Waiter Adrian Vidrascu at the Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa in Wicklow gets the terrace ready for guest arriving. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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