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Locke opens sixth aparthotel with F&B offer in Dublin

Zanzibar Locke, the latest property from home-meets-hotel brand Locke, is pleased to announce the opening of its doors to leisure travellers in Dublin’s city centre.

Overlooking Ha’penny Bridge, Zanzibar Locke is the brand’s sixth property and first outside of the UK, featuring 160 studio apartments, an original food and beverage offering, gym, and a locally-led cultural programme.

Locke, a brand from apart-hotel group, Edyn, leads the way in a hybrid travel concept that combines the space and comfort of home with the experience and thoughtful design of a boutique hotel. Each of Zanzibar Locke’s studio apartments come equipped with fully fitted kitchens and living space.

Generously-sized rooms create a sense of freedom unique to the Irish market, where guests can enjoy the option of a short stay in a City Studio (average 25sqm) or retreat to a larger premium River Suite (average 40sqm) for a long term stay.

Stephen McCall, CEO of Edyn, said, “We are very excited to finally be welcoming leisure travellers into our first property outside of the UK. It has been a great experience familiarising ourselves with the local Dublin market – and early indications show that our unique aparthotel concept is something new and exciting that the city needs at this pivotal moment.

'With a second opening in Dublin later this year, we are delighted to be able to welcome all guests in time for summer.”

The aparthotel will house new food destination Baraza, operated by Dublin foodie favourites NolaClan (House Dublin, 9 Below and Xico).

Located on the mezzanine floor, Baraza will serve coffee and light bites in the morning, before transitioning into a lively restaurant serving seasonal small plates and craft cocktails.

Osgur Ó Ciardha, Country General Manager, said, “Locke’s forward-thinking aparthotel concept has shown resilience throughout the pandemic.

'In an exceptionally challenging year for Irish hospitality, we were able to remain open throughout the national lockdown to house essential stays largely enabled by the self-contained apartments. We are looking forward to welcoming back leisure travellers.”

Alan Clancy, Founder, NolaClan, said, “We’re excited to partner with Locke on its food and drink offering in Dublin, and bring our new restaurant and bar concept, Baraza, to Zanzibar Locke. Our ambition is to create an all-day dining experience in a vibrant, beautiful environment that locals and travelers alike can enjoy.”

Zanzibar Locke’s opening to leisure travellers follows an extended soft launch period where the property housed guests for essential stays and those in need of an interim home during lockdown, which was possible due to the self-contained design of the apartments.

As a result, Zanzibar Locke experienced an average of 27 days length of stay, with an average occupancy of 40% occupancy – considerably outperforming the Dublin industry average of 10%.