15 Mar 2019 | 01.07 pm
Prem Group Opens Hoban Hotel In Kilkenny
Used to be Aspect Hotel
15 Mar 2019 | 01.07 pm
Prem Group has completed its renovation and rebranding of the 80-bedroom Hoban Hotel in Kilkenny, formerly known as the Aspect Hotel.
The hotel is located on the N10 Ring Road and was purchased by Prem Group last year. The company says the refit has cost €1m, with Hugh Wallace of Douglas Wallace Architects overseeing the design.
At the heart of the ground floor, there’s a central bar and coffee dock with various dining and lounge spaces adjacent. A combination of banquette seating, bistro and refectory style tables now offers seating for up to 117 diners.
Quartz topped high tables at the front of the foyer have power points for laptops and mobile phones.
A palate of gold, dark greens, gun powder metal and greys have been used throughout, with the bar being finished with a dark green, high gloss, bevelled metro tile.
Banquette seating in dark green velvets is complemented with chairs upholstered in gold and midnight blue while overhead feature lights include cage style fixtures. There are also nods to art deco in the design: the high tables to the front have been finished in brass with globe shaped lights overhead, while a brass shelving unit in the dining area to the rear repeats the square pattern often seen in art deco design.
The outside space too has been renovated and now enjoys a terrace with an outdoor log burner and BBQ area for summertime events.
“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 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.”
Prem Group CEO Jim Murphy commented: “The Hoban Hotel 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.”
The group also owns the Osprey Hotel in Naas where a new spa also designed by Hugh Wallace was completed last year. The Osprey plans to add more bedrooms later this year.
Prem Group’s Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney has recently undergone a major renovation programme where all the bedrooms and public areas in the Manor House were refurbished. Eight new bedrooms are currently under construction in the old Coach House.
Works are also underway at Prems Tulfarris Hotel in Blessington while works at the Viking Hotel in Waterford have been completed.
Photo: Jim Murphy (right) and Hugh Wallace