The Glenview Hotel dates back over 109 years, when it was originally opened as a cottage, hunting lodge and guesthouse with five bedrooms and was part of the Powerscourt Estate.
The house was purchased by The McCarthy family business. They added bedrooms and a function room. The hotel belonged to the McCarthy’s for the next six decades, gaining a reputation for excellent food and service.
The Patrick Family acquired the Hotel in 1978 and further developed the Hotel.
Stafford Investment Company purchased the Hotel in 1992.
Under the guidance of Stafford Investment the hotel has flourished from the hotel grew from 42 bedrooms to 74 bedrooms, including a magnificent Penthouse Suite. A new award-winning restaurant and function suite was built, together with a Leisure Club, boasting state of the art equipment.
In the course of 2000/01, the bar was redeveloped and re-branded as the Conservatory Bar, the
Leisure Club Garden was created and landscaped, and the ground floor bedrooms were upgraded
to four star standard, in keeping with the rest of the Hotel. In 2002, the Glenview Suite and Bar
were refurbished at a cost of IR£250,000. The Hotel also gained extra facilities (children’s
crèche and Beauty Therapy Rooms) at the loss of 4 bedrooms, leaving the Hotel at its current
71 bedrooms. The Woodland Walks were also developed at this time.
April 2001, the AA awarded the Hotel a four-star rating for the first time.
In 2006 the hotel was bought by Patrick Crean renowned business entrepreneur whom has continued to invest into the property to ensure it longevity in the community.
Throughout the many years the hotel has welcomed many national and international actors including Katherine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, John Huston, John Hurt.
World leaders have visited the hotel, namely the world renowned Kennedy Family (including JFK & Jackie Kennedy) stopped at the Glenview on their way to Waterford.
The hotel has welcomed many national and international actors including Katherine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, John Huston, John Hurt to name but a few. Musicians and sporting celebrities have also visited throughout the years.
In 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hotel a book was published to mark the centenary.