€150,000 spent on hotel refurbishment
ITS MAJOR extension may remain firmly on the backburner, but Wexford's Talbot Hotel is continuing to make significant investments in its facilities. The well-known hotel revealed this week that it spent in the region of €150,000 late last year on two separate projects.
Fifteen bedrooms were refitted and redecorated in October, while The Quay Leisure Centre was refurbished and new equipment bought for it. The gym refurbishment was completed in December.
The hotel said it has further development plans for 2011, primarily a refurbishment of the Slaney Ballroom in preparation for upcoming wedding receptions and dinner dances.
This refurbishment will cost in the region of €180,000, another significant investment for the hotel in tough times for the industry.
However, sales and marketing manager Louise Kinsella said the Talbot Hotel ' looks on it as an investment as opposed to a cost'. Ms Kinsella said that occupancy rates remain 'very good' at the hotel at the moment, with the wellestablished Talbot (which has been in Wexford since 1905) benefiting from a lot of repeat business.
However, she pointed out that room rates have reduced greatly as customers seek value like never before.
Ms Kinsella said that the hotel's previously planned extension remains firmly on hold for the foreseeable future.
In the summer of 2008 the Talbot was given the go-ahead by Wexford County Council for a €4.5m extension, which would have added 42 rooms to the hotel.
General manager Declan Moriarty said the recent investment in the hotel is 'an extremely positive move for the Talbot Hotel, but an equally positive move for the local community'.
'It is always our aim to provide the best service possible and this investment will enable us to do this more efficiently,' he said.