Letterkenny hotel revives expansion plans for new rooms and spa

written by Staff Writer June 5, 2024

Plans for a major extension at a central Letterkenny hotel have been relodged with Donegal County Council. 

McGettigan’s Hotel at Main Street Letterkenny is once again seeking permission for the addition of 61 new bedrooms, a spa, new fifth floor level and the demolition of part of the former Milan Nightclub.


Permission for the development was initially granted by An Bord Pleanala in 2019. The hotel then closed for the pandemic and switched to accommodating refugees from Ukraine in March 2022.

A notice from the hotel says it remains “privately booked until the end of the year, during this time we will not be taking new guest reservations.”

A new application lodged by Dennis McGettigan this week seeks to bring the extension plans back into fruition.

Mr McGettigan is seeking to bring the total number of bedrooms to 144 through a new four-story side extension, with 35 bedrooms, and a new fifth floor, over the existing bedroom block, which will provide an additional 26 bedrooms.

The proposed spa is intended to improve the experience of a stay at the hotel, with beauty and spa treatment space for guests and others.  The proposal also includes extending the main lift to fourth floor level to provide direct access from the reception area to the spa.  


The original Gallagher’s Hotel was purchased by McGettigan’s Hotels in 2015 and was re-named McGettigan’s Hotel.  Since then McGettigan’s Hotels has carried out significant changes including the upgrade of fire safety systems, the closure of Milan nightclub and the combination of the former McCarry’s Bar and Milan nightclub into a new bar and restaurant called Warehouse Bar.