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The beginning

In 1817 Thomas Gresham purchased 21-22 Sackville Street and commenced business there as a hotel. Thomas Gresham is a fascinating person. He was a foundling child, abandoned on the steps of the Royal Exchange, Sir Thomas Gresham a famous merchant-politician in the Elizabethan era.

Thomas Gresham came to Ireland, and as a very young man obtained employment in the service of William Beauman of Rutland Square, Dublin. After some time, and while still comparatively young, he became butler to this family. This was an important position in the Georgian household, with its complicated domestic structure.

In 1817, Thomas Gresham left William Beauman’s household to open a hotel in nearby Sackville Street. How he acquired the capital to undertake an enterprise of this kind is not known.

Following a major refurbishment in 2013, The Gresham Hotel Dublin, is swiftly progressing into the 21st century, building on our long established reputation for superior service and excellent facilities.

In September 2016, the hotel came under the ownership of Riu Hotels & Resorts, the internationally renowned hotel company with 100 hotels worldwide. At that point, the hotel will become part of the company's urban line, Riu Plaza Hotels, and will be renamed Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin. RIU Hotels & Resorts is a family business managed by the third generation with more than 29,000 employees who, day after day, work to continue offering all guests the best exclusive services for which the brand is known.

The Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin is an institution and is known throughout the world. The bedrooms and suites of the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin are equipped with complimentary wireless internet access, Quadriga Genesis interactive TV systems and a large multi storey car park adjacent to the hotel.

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