Gresham Hotel revenues increased to €18m in year of Nama sale

The hotel was bought by Riu Hotels in 2016 for €92m

The Gresham Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Gresham Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

 

Dublin’s Gresham Hotel saw revenues rise 13 per cent in 2016, the year the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) put the hotel on the market, recently filed accounts show.

Accounts for the Gresham Hotel Company Limited show turnover increased to €18.2 million in the year to the end of December 2016 with pre-tax profit coming in at €5.51 million. In 2015, the group made a pre-tax profit of €40.1 million after a €30 million writeback on impairment provisions.

The landmark building on O’Connell Street, which was built in 1817 and has 323 rooms and 10 suites, was bought in 2016 by Spanish company Riu Hotels for €92 million. Riu now has more than 100 hotels in 19 countries.

The Gresham was sold by Nama, which acquired the hotel after it took over loans from Precinct Investments, which bought the Dublin property in 2004 as part of its €117 million buyout of the Gresham group. The group previously also owned the Park Inn Hyde Park and the Metropole in Cork, which it sold in 2015 for more than €5 million.

Trading positively

Staff numbers at the Dublin hotel increased by 11 in 2016 while wage and salary costs increased 8.3 per cent to €5 million.

As for the future outlook, the company directors said they expect “to continue trading positively for the foreseeable future”. While risks include general economic conditions and tourism activity in Ireland, management believe that risk is reduced “given the quality and long established presence of the Gresham in the market place”.

The Gresham’s parent company is Ryan Travel Holdings Limited whose ultimate parent is the RIU Group.