The Ard Ri Hotel sits on a hill overlooking Waterford, Ireland and can be seen from all over the city. Opened in the 1960s, the hotel was the premier destination for visitors to the city and was well known to tourists. The Jurys hotel group eventually took over as part of their expansion in the mid-90s but sold it again a few years later. The view over the beautiful city of Waterford and its proximity to the city centre made the hotel a popular choice for tourists. The function room held weddings, parties and debs balls as well as performances from some of the country’s biggest touring stars.
Following the sale by Jurys, the age of the hotel began to show and parts of it fell into disrepair. It began falling out of favour with tourists and it was unknown what would become of it. It continued operating without much chance for a number of years until a fire in the 2000’s meant the hotel closed for good and it sat abandoned and decaying on the hilltop, a sad reminder to the people of Waterford of Ireland’s economic problems. Efforts to turn the building into a giant clock fell by the wayside in 2011 however it was covered up in white panels to make it look more appealing. A fire soon after burnt through the white panelling and the damage can still be seen.
The building was expected to be demolished as part of the North Quays redevelopment however with Ireland’s economic downturn, the plan was shelved. The building and surrounding land have been put up for sale yet again. The Ard Ri hotel building will never again be home to the hustle and bustle of guests checking in and out. The recent fire has brought the calls for demolition to public consciousness again and it is hoped new owners will redevelop the site. The recent demolition of the nearby R&H Hall mill has brought the issue to the fore in the city once again.
There is still a booking page for the hotel on Agoda.com – http://www.agoda.com/europe/ireland/waterford/ard_ri_hotel.html
If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Waterford, look no further than Ard Ri Hotel. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city’s top attractions: Waterford Museum of Treasures, Holy Trinity Cathedral, French Church.
Ard Ri Hotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travellers. A selection of top-class facilities such as smoking room, safety deposit boxes, room service, elevator, tours can be enjoyed at the hotel.
The hotel features 100 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each including satellite/cable TV, television, coffee/tea maker, ironing board, hair dryer. The hotel’s recreational facilities, which include sauna, gym, steamroom, indoor pool, kids club are designed for escape and relaxation. Ard Ri Hotel is a smart choice for travellers to Waterford, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.
Location: Waterford City, Ireland