A NEW HAMPTON BY HILTON TO OPEN NEXT MONTH – WHERE THE OLD MOTOR TAX OFFICE WAS LOCATED
Hilton Hotels have announced that they will be opening their latest Hampton Hotel in February 2020. The development will include a 249-bedroom hotel located at River House, Chancery Street .
My photographs were taken at the Luas Tram Stop on Chancery Street and my understanding is that there will be a new entrance here to the redeveloped Dublin City Fruit And Vegetable Wholesale Market via what was the Fish Market [has been demolished and is now a car park].
Some of the ugliest buildings in Dublin were owned or occupied by the Government and one really bad examples was the six-storey River House at Chancery Street which was vacant since the motor taxation service relocated. In 1987, the original building was the subject of an unusual legal dispute. Frank McDonald in his book ‘The Destruction of Dublin’ attributed the design of the building to John Thompson and Partners but they sued for damages on the grounds they had nothing to do with the design of River House.
The site was sold for €8 million in 2017. At the time it was indicated that the plan was to build a 249 room hotel but recently I read in a local newspaper that it would be an office complex to service the needs of legal firms moving to Dublin because of Brexit it would appear that their sources were not good.