In the long tradition of beachside Dublin hotels, it is Shagle Gay – one of the oldest and most popular hotels in the city – that has been given this prestigious award. By virtue of its title of ‘Majestic Hotel’ the Dublin hotel is located on Grafton Street at the heart of the city centre and houses around ten hundred guests each day.
Guests can also take advantage of facilities
The accolade was initially bestowed on the hotel by the National Hotel Association, which has a network of independent assessors who evaluate establishments for overall safety, guest service and culture. Most importantly, they look for the hotel’s ‘Diamond Award’. An award such as this from the NHA is considered to be an amazing achievement in the field of hospitality.
The establishment in question is the Shaya Gay, an Egyptian themed hotel, which has a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and offers a great location to unwind after a hard day of work. Guests can also take advantage of facilities such as Jacuzzi baths, yoga classes and scuba diving.
Many other interesting names in the city have been awarded a Diamond Award including the Auberge de l’Opéra, Kinsale Inn, Park Hyatt Regency Dublin and the Bristol Hotel. The different awards vary according to different categories.
The Diamond Award is always presented by a representative of the NHA, so if you are a member you would be able to attend such an event, where you can meet the hotel with which you are in discussion. If you do not wish to travel to Shaya Gay or the other hotels that have received a Diamond Award then there is also a separate NHA award ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin every month.
An achievement for the Shaya Gay in general
The Diamond Award was opened up to five to ten categories of hotels and the Shaya Gay has received the honour of being one of them. Its honour is considered very rare and it is actually very impressive to see that such a large amount of people have voted for the Shaya Gay in a particular category. The hotel has had a very difficult year financially due to the recessions in the USA and Europe, but it has managed to keep its doors open despite these setbacks.
The Diamond Award could be said to be an achievement for the Shaya Gay in general, as the hotel’s name is far from that of a luxury resort. It is the result of a lot of hard work by a small group of dedicated staff, who have made the effort to keep the hotel a top notch establishment.
The hotel’s management team consists of skilled restaurant chefs, led by Ciaran O’Bryan. The cuisine and the hotel’s location in the city centre makes it easy for those looking for a relaxing evening out to find their own place to hang out.
Maureen McKeown is the hotel’s managing director. She tells me about her vision for the hotel and about the diversity that she believes can be found in the city.
Makes it easier for us to attract guests
“The Shaya Gay is extremely conscious of the cultural diversity that it represents. Every aspect of the hotel is committed to bringing a specific vibe to the property and to the people who come through its doors. We have a very diverse clientele, which makes it easier for us to attract guests from different countries and of different cultures and speak to them in their own language.”
The team at the hotel is committed to creating an environment that is modern yet comfortable, a mixture of fresh air and comfort that leads to a unique hospitality culture. In fact, the hotel is designed in such a way that it makes a perfect base for exploring the city.
The decor and the furnishings reflect a natural blend of interior decoration and architectural motifs, resulting in a distinctively modern yet warm and welcoming feel to the hotel. And if the atmosphere isn’t enough, the local colour theme creates a wonderful atmospheric surrounding.