It’s one of Cork’s most recognisable landmarks.
Now the keys to the four-star Imperial Hotel have passed from the Flynn family to the Louis Fitzgerald Group, one of the largest family-run hospitality groups in the country.
The 54-year-old business, headed by Louis Fitzgerald, has a longstanding track record of acquiring landmark properties and a spokesperson said they are thriulled to add the 200-year-old Imperial Hotel to their impressive portfolio.
The Group includes the Arlington Hotel, Louis Fitzgerald Hotel and Joels Restaurant, An Poitin Stil, The Stag’s Head, Kehoes Pub, The Quays Bar Galway and most recently, Murphy’s Bar in Galway.
“We have been an admirer of the Imperial Hotel for some time,” said Louis Fitzgerald.
“We have been looking for the right opportunity to expand into the Cork market for a number of years and The Imperial, with its rich history and association with Michael Collins, is a great fit for what we stand for.
“Cork City is steeped in great culture and creativity and future developments in the pipeline are very exciting.”
The new owners have assured employees that their jobs are safe and they are “committed to investing in the continued development of staff skills and expertise”.
The Louis Fitzgerald Group has also assured guests that all vouchers will continue to be honoured.