Celebrity architect gives Kilkenny hotel stunning €1m makeover
INTERNATIONAL hospitality giant PREM has invested more than €1 million on a major makeover of The Hoban Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny.
The impressive renovation and rebrand of The Hoban Hotel, formerly the Aspect Hotel, was carried out by celebrity architect and star of RTÉ’s Home of the Year and The Great Home Revival, Hugh Wallace.
The hotel’s newly reimagined space now features a stunning, light filled reception area, bar, restaurant and casual lounge. At the heart of the ground floor, a central bar and coffee dock anchors the space allowing various dining and lounge spaces to pivot from it. A combination of banquette seating, bistro and refectory style tables now offers seating for up to 117 diners.
Upon entry guests will be immediately drawn to the dramatic monochrome herringbone floor which defines the spaces and creates natural walk ways around the bar leading to the dining spaces to the rear.
Quartz topped high tables at the front of the foyer enjoy natural light and are complete with power points for laptops and mobile phones making these spaces popular for anyone who wants to catch up on work or emails while on the go. The choice of materials throughout the space has resulted in a high end, luxurious feel.
“We opted for a mix of glossy surfaces and textures to create a space that would be conducive for diners or people meeting up for a quick coffee or bite to eat,” said Hugh Wallace.
“We wanted the ground floor to feel contemporary and stylish and that look has been created through the choice of fabric, flooring and unusual light fittings.”
The hotel is located just five minutes’ drive from Kilkenny city centre on the N10 Ring Road which surrounds the city, making it a popular location for meetings, corporate stays and leisure breaks.
PREM Group purchased the 80-bedroom hotel last year and set to work to completely overhaul the public spaces at the ground floor level.
PREM Group CEO Jim Murphy said: “The Aspect Hotel, now The Hoban Hotel, has always been a popular meeting place, it is easily accessible, there is ample parking and offers quality food and service. We recognised that business people in particular want to meet and eat on the go so we engaged Douglas Wallace Architects to design a space that would meet the needs of both a corporate and leisure market.
“High tables with access points for laptops, barista style coffee and stylish interiors are what our customers want. The new look Hoban Hotel has all of these elements and more and we are delighted with the outcome.”
MAIN PICTURE: Clement Gleeson, GM The Hoban Hotel, Jim Murphy, CEO PREM Group and Hugh Wallace of Douglas Wallace Architects.