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Granville Hotel, Leisure Hotels Waterford, Waterford City, Ireland,History

History

Whilst The Granville Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the country, it is also one of the most historical buildings. One special artifact which contributes to the history of The Granville Hotel cannot be overlooked. A feature of the lobby is of course The Lord Roberts grandfather clock, once owned by field marshall Lord Roberts, who was made a freeman of the city of Waterford on August 28th 1893. Among other tasteful furnishings that speak volumes about the building include the beautiful Queen Anne chairs and the marvelous range of paintings. All 100 guest rooms boast collections of original paintings and prints from artists such as Joseph Haverty 1794-1864. A central feature of the ground floor is the Tapestry Room with fine hand woven tapestries on the walls and the ceiling is adorned by several magnificent Waterford Crystal chandeliers.

The Sympathetic renovation of the hotel to its former splendour 

The Granville hotel was once one of Waterford’s gracious old mansions, built in the reign of George 111 by the Quan family (Thomas ‘Francis’ Meagher’s mother was a member of the Quan family)
From the late 1700’s it has been a landmark feature on the city’s quayside when it was taken over by Thomas Meagher who was the first post reformation Roman Catholic Mayor in Ireland
The Meagher family sold the property in 1832 to Charles Bianconi
In 1865 Bianconi sold the business to the Commins family. Henceforth it was known as the Commins Hotel until the turn of the 19th century
1899 saw the hotel being acquired by Hearne & Co who traded as The Granville Hotels Ltds. The Granville Hotel traded successfully until the 1950’s / 1960’s when regrettably it began to decline.
All of that changed however when locals Liam & Anne Cusack, the present owners of the hotel, purchased it in 1979 and the Cusack’s commenced trading in May 1980.

Twenty years later the original grandeur and old world character of the Granville Hotel still remain, whilst the latest 21st century technology has been set into its very fabric. The hotel has recently undergone a radical programme of renovation and refurbishment. This investment brings thirty new guest rooms giving a total of 100 rooms including stunning Penthouses which over look the River Suir and City.

The visually stunning interiors of The Granville Hotel have long been admired by visitors to Waterford. The graceful architecture and tasteful furnishings speak volumes about the history of the building. One can say therefore that The Granville Hotel offers its guest the best of two worlds…The elegance of the old & the professional services demanded in the new. 

The Granville Hotel, come visit us and enjoy what we have to offer, that’s why guests return time & time again!

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