‘Guests want to be looked after in luxury. Money is not an issue’ — What’s it like to spend Christmas at a five-star hotel?

From red-carpet arrivals on Christmas Eve to morning massages available on the day itself and a team of engineers to assemble Santa toys, no expense is spared, says general manager Nicky Logue

Nicky Logue, general manager of the InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ciara Dwyer

‘I’ve always worked on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It doesn’t bother me at all,” says Nicky Logue, general manager of the InterContinental Hotel. “I actually enjoy it. Christmas is quite magical here.” Certainly, looking at the bauble-laden trees festooning the lobby of the hotel, the scene is set for festive enchantment.

“A lot of hotels close for Christmas,” Clare man Logue says. “There are probably only about 10 or 15 hotels in Dublin city open for Christmas. We welcome guests for two or three nights. Generally they arrive on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. A lot of people come for the two-night package and when they are here, some extend for an extra night or two.”