InterContinental to take over Four Seasons Dublin

InterContinental announced yesterday that they are taking over the management of the luxury Four Seasons Dublin hotel from 1st January 2015.  This came as a surprise as it had been reported that Hyatt was in pole position to take over the contract.

The Four Seasons was, as you would expect from that chain, a very well regarded hotel.  It is not situated directly in the city centre but a short drive away in the suburb of Ballsbridge.

InterContinental Dublin 1

As an IHG property, the property suddenly gains a number of advantages that will appeal to Head for Points readers:

it will be available as a redemption via IHG Rewards Club points

members of the InterContinental Ambassador loyalty scheme will receive a guaranteed upgrade, free pay TV, free fruit and mineral water and a GUARANTEED 4pm check-out on every stay

it will rapidly become a popular destination for UK-based InterContinental Ambassador members looking to use the ‘free weekend night’ voucher that comes with your Ambassador membership pack and each year on renewal

InterContinental Dublin 3

Service standards are likely to drop with Four Seasons likely to retain most of the highly trained staff.  It is unique amongst hotel companies in offering global roles to staff that it wants to retain – even a waiter or a doorman can request a move to any other hotel in the group.  As long as visas can be obtained, it is not unusual for a new Four Seasons property to open with 75% of the staff relocating from elsewhere.

InterContinental Dublin 2

The Four Seasons / InterContinental was bought by its current owners for a paltry €15m at the peak of the Irish banking crisis – a figure believed to be 75% less than it cost to build.

It is not yet available for booking at ihg.com but should turn up in the next few days.

It is worth noting that FS is being very ‘mature’ about the divorce and is accepting reservations vis its website on behalf of InterContinental. When IC lost the London St James property to Conrad this year, they refused to accept bookings beyond the switchover date AND stopped Conrad from accepting bookings until the handover date, leaving it very empty for the first few weeks.

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Comments

  1. And the Kimpton chain – new Indigos I would expect

    http://www.ihgplc.com/index.asp?pageid=970

    • Seems not – they have paid a lot of money for, effectively, the value of the Kimpton brand. What I expect, unfortunately, is a repeat of what happened to Ritz-Carlton after Marriott bought it.

  2. Irons1980 says:

    From IHG:
    ‘Significant opportunities identified for IHG to accelerate the growth of the Kimpton brand within the US and to launch it globally’
    Would seem to suggest they want to add it as a stand-alone brand within their portfolio?

  3. Globetrotter7 says:

    On a related note….

    New IHG promotion “Set Your Sights” launched yesterday. Mine is far far better and realistically achievable than the previous Into The Night promo.

    • I had a look last night and while mine are very doable, I won’t be putting any effort into it as I have no confidence in it after my experience with Into the Nights. More than six weeks and several emails since I checked out and my tracker still stays I haven’t had any activity despite completing about half my offers (with the rest this weekend).

      • No activity showing on mine either. I’ve completed the 2 stays for my first offer and will be off shortly to the first of the second 2 stays. Although the points have posted to my IHG account, nothing doing on Into the Night.

  4. Not sure if this is good news or not – great that there is a Dublin option to use an Ambassador voucher, but I was hoping for a decent Hyatt – I guess it would have been a Grand / Park level property?