Seven months ago, a new IHG-affiliated hotel opened in Dublin and was turned into an asylum center by the local press.
The hotel is still visible on the IHG website with a note that it is currently closed for guest stays, but is actually open.
You can access the Holiday Inn Dublin Airport here.
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Here is an excerpt from the Irish Times:
One of Dublin’s newest and largest hotels, the 421-room Holiday Inn at Dublin Airport, has closed to the general public after less than seven months in operation. It is understood that the 50 million euro hotel is lined up by the state to operate as an accommodation center for asylum seekers.
JMK did not respond to multiple requests for a spokesperson to discuss the future of its Holiday Inn hotel at Dublin Airport as an accommodation center for asylum seekers. Prospective guests who have called the hotel directly recently to book rooms have been told that it “no longer operates as a hotel due to an exclusive contract”.
The hotel has received very positive reviews from recent guests, given its brand image.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been quite common for hotels to be turned into quarantine centers for people who have tested positive for coronavirus or who have been previously authorized to enter a country.
Some hotels are being used to house asylum seekers or people not allowed to enter the country, as the Serbian tennis star recently discovered while trying to enter Australia unvaccinated.
I don’t know, however, why IHG and the hotel owner are not allowed to comment on the reason for the “temporary” closure?