Our History

Sandymount Hotel enjoys a long & distinguished history which continues to whisper through the bricks & corniced ceilings of the eight Victorian Houses acquired over two generations  which now comprise the modernised hotel on Herbert Road.

These 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, 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. It was their first home and they bought it with the aid of fellow northerner, Michael O'Hare.

Three weeks after they moved in, Rosaleen gave birth to the second of five children, John, who now runs the hotel. Sandymount Hotel has very much been a family operation from the start with everyone helping out. George who came from a large farming family and his talent for everything from carpentry to building soon had the guesthouse up and running. The couple were able to extend the guesthouse by buying the neighbouring property. They were often ahead of the trends, in the 1960s they were one of the first guesthouses to have central heating and George put in en suite bathrooms before other B&Bs were doing that.

George and Rosaleen continued to expand and by the time the couple handed over the hotel to the next generation in 1988, it comprised of five period houses and had 100 bedrooms.  It has now expanded to encompass eight of the two storey buildings.

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 and his son Gerard.

These days Sandymount Hotel may be grander and much larger but at heart it remains the same with enduring emphasis on making sure guests are comfortable and well cared for.

The hotels now boasts 187 bedrooms and went through a substanstial renovation of all bedrooms, Whittys Restaurant, Line Out Bar, meeting rooms and reception area which happily achieved a 4 Star rating for Sandymount Hotel. Among the many accolade and commendations the hotel has received, it has won the prestigious 'Europe's Leading Green Hotel 2017' and retained the title again in 2018 at the World Travel Awards.


Interestingly, 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 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 190 refurbished bedrooms,  private landscaped gardens, a restaurant, bar, conference suites & complimentary 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 Line Out Bar which overlooks the hotel’s beautifully landscaped gardens.


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

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