Dalata’s UK expansion continues with opening of Glasgow Hotel

Ireland’s largest hotel group Dalata continues its expansion into the UK with the opening of its first hotel in Scotland.

Eighty local jobs are to be created in Glasgow by Irish hotel group Dalata which is opening a 4-star Maldron Hotel on Renfrew Street.

Dalata’s new hotel is located in the heart of Glasgow’s shopping, restaurant and theatre district.

“Tourism is a force for good, creating economic and social value, and enhancing the wellbeing of everyone who experiences it”

The £40m property features new stylish spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, resident’s gym, and state-of-the-art business facilities. The hotel is also highly tech-enabled with chrome cast in each bedroom, digital check-in and a virtual guest services platform.

Dalata already operates over 45 hotels across the UK and Ireland, but today’s opening of Maldron Hotel Glasgow City is its first in Scotland.

In 2022 the Group will further strengthen its presence in Glasgow with the opening of a 4-star Clayton Hotel on Customs Quay.

Scotland, the brave

Staff of the new Maldron Hotel in Glasgow.

Staff at the new Maldron Hotel in Glasgow.

Hazel Galloway, general manager of Maldron Hotel Glasgow City said that the new hotel represents a significant investment and vote of confidence in Scotland by Dalata, providing a substantial economic boost to the city as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19.

“It is a momentous occasion today and I am extremely proud to open this hotel in my home city after what has been a challenging year for everyone in hospitality. I believe we have assembled among the very best in the business for our 80-strong team and we worked extremely hard to ensure the finest of welcomes to our guests arriving today.”

Jim Clarkson, regional leadership director (West) at VisitScotland welcomed the investment.

“At a time when we are working hard with partners to restore the city’s tourism industry to growth, this is a welcome addition to Glasgow capacity for attracting new events and leisure business in the months and years ahead.

“Tourism is a force for good, creating economic and social value, and enhancing the wellbeing of everyone who experiences it. This new hotel and its 80-strong workforce represent a fresh boost for the city centre, and a great sign that Glasgow is back in business.”

The hotel is located on the site of the former STV headquarters and is perfectly positioned close to the city’s major transport links.

The business-friendly hotel has invested in interactive Clevertouch technology in all meeting facilities, alongside Clickshare wireless connectivity, enabling ease of streaming for virtual meeting integration.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021 with delegates to the summit expected to stay at the hotel.

The new 80-strong team in Maldron Glasgow have all been enrolled in development programmes through the Dalata Academy. These programmes will be undertaken by personnel across all hotel departments, including chefs, reception, food & beverage, sales, marketing, HR, operations, maintenance, accounts, reservations and housekeeping.

“As we approach COP26 later this year and prepare for the World Cycling Championships in 2023, the Maldron Glasgow City Hotel will complement the city’s portfolio of hospitality businesses ready to cater to both leisure and business guests alike,” said Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

“Glasgow was named as the World’s Leading Events and Festivals destination in 2019, and as restrictions are eased and we begin to once again play host, the Maldron Glasgow City Hotel is a welcomed investment which will support the rebuild of our city centre for future events.”