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The Sandymount Hotel: A Colourful History

Old Mount Herbert Dublin

The Sandymount Hotel enjoys a long & distinguished history which continues to whisper through the bricks & corniced ceilings of the Victorian Houses which now comprise the modernised hotel.

Those very Victorian houses were originally built in 1866 as homes for Dublin City's aristocracy. Famous residents included Sir Henry Robinson, Vice President of the Irish Local Government Board (1879-1891) and more recently, the Irish writer, Mary Kenny.


As it stands today, The Sandymount Hotel owes its roots to George Loughran from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone & his wife Rosaleen from Downpatrick, Co. Down in Northern Ireland. Together they opened the hotel in 1955 under its original name: The Mount Herbert Hotel. A formidable team, George & Rosaleen were the first to instill an ethos of heartfelt care and service for their guests. This legacy continues right into the twenty-first century through their son John Loughran. A fact which has been recognised in the numerous awards The Sandymount Hotel has received in recent years for guest excellence.


Interestingly, The Sandymount Hotel is sited on the Old Haig’s Distillery in Dublin. This distillery was founded by Robert Haig, who descended from John Haig, Laird of Bemyrside, the first distiller of the famous Scotch whiskey. Set on 21 acres of land, the distillery operated from 1789 to 1860. The nearby river Dodder supplied power to the distillery through a sluice running wheel on the river.

In its early history, the distillery developed a notorious reputation due to frequent conflicts with the Revenue authorities. Many strange rumours spread relating to Excise Officers and it was widely believed that some unpopular civil servants mysteriously disappeared. While it is well-known that Haig fought the Revenue by every means possible, in the end he was forced to succumb by dissolving his business.

The bricks from the original distillery were used to construct The Sandymount Hotel. From a humble beginning of 4 bedrooms in one house (No. 7 Herbert Road), 7 adjoining houses were acquired. The hotel now boasts 168 newly-refurbished bedrooms, magnificent private landscaped gardens, restaurant, bar, state-of-the-art conference suites & private parking.


For many years, the hotel was known as a Temperance Hotel because it did not have a public bar. While this was in keeping with its past ethos, the current Sandymount Hotel is fully licensed and modern day visitors can enjoy a relaxing drink in the well-appointed Tritonville Bar & Terrace which overlooks the hotel's magnificent gardens.


In 2011 the hotel marked a new direction by officially changing its name to the Sandymount Hotel. The new name celebrates the hotel's excellent location close to Ballsbridge & the city centre, as well as highlighting its proximity to the nearby Sandymount Strand which is an institution among Dubliners who enjoy taking a stroll along the beach promenade & charming nearby village.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new-look Sandymount Hotel where the care and values associated with the long-held Loughran tradition will always be a cornerstone for the future.

Sandymount Hotel Dublin Herbert Rd, Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 614 2000 Fax: +353 (0) 1 660 7077