ONE of Limerick’s most iconic hotels is facing an uncertain future.
A receiver was appointed to the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Ennis Road this Tuesday, leaving 60 staff at the four-star chain fearing for their jobs.
The business was continuing to operate as normal on Wednesday, and it is hoped a receiver can find a solution to keep the business operational.
From its opening in 1970 until approximately ten years ago, the hotel was known as the Limerick Inn, and was popular with generations of local people.
Set in landscaped gardens at the foot of the Clare hills, the hotel is a popular wedding venue .
Business events have been held there in the past, and it was the count centre for many general elections.
When the American hotel chain, Radisson, bought the hotel, they invested millions in refurbishing it.
At the night of its reopening, more than 2,000 people turned up.
They were treated to a sumptuous buffet including lobsters and champagne.
The Limerick Inn was opened in time for former American president Richard Nixon’s visit in 1970.
It was a race to get the building in a safe condition ahead of the high-profile visit, with a planning row erupting in the run-up.
Irish Hotel Federation president Michael Vaughan believes the hotel can remain open.
“It is a crucial piece of infrastructure for the Mid-West. It is a hotel with a huge potential. If everyone puts their shoulders to the wheel around the Radisson, then I think we will have a decent outcome. I think there is a future for it,” he said.
Mr Vaughan said many hotels in the country are facing similar problems.
“Generally, the receiverships are brought in to try and make sure the hotel has a future going forward and gets restructured,” he added.
It is not the first hotel to face problems: the nearby Two Mile Inn closed two years ago after going into receivership.