About the Skylon
The Skylon Hotel was originally built in 1967 by PV Doyle, founder of the Doyle Hotel Group and was purchased by Brian McEniff in 2002. Brian is a life-long hotelier who started in his parents Bed & Breakfast in Bundoran, Co. Donegal in 1969 and purchased adjacent Hamilton Hotel which was to become the Holyrood Hotel. In 1977 Brian audaciously purchased the Great Northern Hotel & Golf Links in Bundoran followed by two Sligo hotels, Sligo Southern and Yeats Country and then in county Mayo the Westport Woods Hotel. The purchase of the Skylon Hotel in 2002 completed the Brian Mc Eniff Hotel Group of six hotels.
In 2007 the Skylon Hotel built 38 new bedrooms, a restaurant and three meeting rooms. In 2008 the plan was to develop the existing building by refurbishing bedrooms, corridors, lobby and bar which were suffering from years of under investment. The collapse of the Irish economy in mid-2008 stopped all refurbishment plans and had a devastating effect on the Dublin hotel sector, which driven by a tax incentive scheme, had built too many new hotels. The Skylon Hotel would not have survived the recession but for a core of loyal guests who stayed for two reasons: Brain Mc Eniff and Skylon Staff.
In 2015 the Skylon continues to outperform the growth in the Dublin market. The Skylon became the first Irish Best Western property to score 1000 / 1000 in the Quality Assurance Inspection. For the first time the hotel received the 2015 TripAdvisor. In the same year the Skylon embarked on its EFQM journey, aiming and achieving EFQM level 2 status - committed to excellence – with a high score. In 2015 the Brian McEniff hotel group also celebrated 50 years of hospitality with a massive celebration at the Skylon Hotel joined by celebrity guest Nicki Byrne and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
2017 has been the most significant year in the history of the Skylon Hotel. The hotel exited Best Western and has now transitioned to an independent, 4 Star hotel with the freedom to express our individuality and Irish character.
The move from Best Western was facilitated by our pursuit of excellence, embracing of new technology and development of our people:
- Quality Assurance – The hotel was now committing to higher standards of excellence through EFQM and Failte Ireland 4 Star accreditation
- Revenue Management – Advancements in technology and development of our own Revenue Manager meant we could out-perform Best Western
- Distribution Channels – We revised and refined our distribution channels following face to face meetings with representatives from all major online travel agencies (OTA’s) and tour operators. Advancements in technology meant we could operate more efficiently in managing our distribution strategy.
In late 2016 the Skylon achieved 4 Star accreditation from Failte Ireland. 2017 has been the first year that the Skylon has ever traded as a 4 Star Hotel. Our main objective for the remainder of 2017 is to achieve EFQM Level 4 and be ‘Recognised for Excellence’ to which we accomplished in November of 2017. We are now one of the few hotels that is 'Recognised for Excellence Four Star' by EFQM.