1972 – Burlington Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin



Opened in 1972 and nicknamed “the Burlo” by Dubliners, The Burlington is the largest hotel in Dublin’s city centre. The hotel was developed on the site of what was formerly the grounds of Wesley College Dublin and included several Victorian houses – Burlington House, Tullamaine Villa and Embury House (formerly Burleigh House). It also emcompassed the site of Mespil House, a large notable Georgian house which was demolished in the 1950s. In 2007, the hotel was purchased by property developer Bernard McNamara for €288 million but it was repossessed by the Bank of Scotland a few years later. It was later sold in 2012 for €67 million, and is still operated as a hotel today.