It seems like every inch of the city is getting a makeover these days.
Now the developers behind a proposed 194-bedroom hotel and rooftop restaurant have released images of their plans for Cork’s Camden Quay.
The hotel will be located at the former McKenzies Circuit Courthouse site on the bank of the River Lee, purchased in late 2020 by developers, JMK Group for €3.5m.
If approved, the scheme is set to be occupied by Moxy Hotels who fall under the global hotelier group, Marriott Group.
The proposed hotel comprises 194-bedrooms which will feature 153 hotel rooms and 41 long-stay suites.
A Millennial-focused experiential hotel brand, 29 new Moxy Hotel locations are launching worldwide in 2021 alone. The brand offers a laid-back atmosphere, with trendy lobbies, check-in at the bar and complimentary cocktails for guests on arrival.
Many of their properties are dog-friendly too.
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A new entrance to the property will be created off Pine Street and an annex stretching to between two and six storeys will be constructed to the rear of the protected structure. A rooftop restaurant, gym and ground floor restaurant/café are also included in the plans.
Local reaction to the design of the new hotel have been mixed, with many concerned locals sharing worries that the historic Venetian-style facade of the landmark building, constructed in 1885, may be overshadowed by the new development.
While development of the Camden Quay site and retention of that gorgeous facade is to be welcomed, why must we always be offered such mediocre design? Lest we forget this mess on Parnell Place that barely preserves the protected facades, let alone celebrate them. https://t.co/jBCW0c8biq pic.twitter.com/YcgzxcsWYc
— Dr Michael Waldron (@michaeljwaldron) April 11, 2021
Others lamented the lack of accommodation in the city centre, where a whopping 1,300 new hotel rooms are in the pipeline, including a 35-storey skyscraper at the Port of Cork.