Our hotel is situated on part of the Westport House demesne, which gave us our beautiful mature woodland setting. It was built in 1968 by the 5th Marquis of Sligo, owner of Westport House in conjunction with Jury’s Hotels.
Our hotel is situated on part of the Westport House demesne, which gave us our beautiful mature woodland setting. It was built in 1968 by the 5th Marquis of Sligo, owner of Westport House in conjunction with Jury’s Hotels .
Five years later in 1973, it was bought by returned emigrant Michael Woods, who gave it the very appropriate name “Westport Woods”. Monaghan native Michael Woods had spent most of his life in Detroit, working his way to the top of the automobile trade. He and his family managed the Westport Woods Hotel until 1977 when he sold it to the Ryan Hotel Group.
Ryan’s introduced the concept of family and golden years holidays which are still such a big part of our culture. At that stage the hotel had just 57 bedrooms, less than half of the current tally. It changed hands again in the early 1990s when Eurohotels, a management team associated with Ryan’s took it over along with the Yeats Country Hotel in Rosses Point Sligo and Buswell’s, the well known political hotel in Dublin. In March 1995 Brian McEniff Hotels purchased both the Westport Woods and Yeats Country Hotels, and have owned and managed them since.
Joanne and Michael have completely renovated and expanded the hotel in those 15 years. In 1996 they added 38 new bedrooms followed by an additional 16 in 1997. The lobby and function room were extended and refurbished in 1998 and again in 2014. The following year the award winning Beech Club Leisure Centre was added. The luxury Spa was built in 2004 and in 2007 the bar was developed into the contemporary Bench Cafe Bar as it is today. The last additions were the elevator and 11 new bedrooms in 2008.