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The Mayson Hotel Dublin


O'Donnell O'Neill Design

Ann-Marie O'Neill (Creative Director and Design Lead)



Hotel & Short-Term Stay Design

Structures & Spaces


Marie Smyckova (Senior Interior Designer) Carla Talpin (Interior Designer)

Glenbrier (Main Building Contractors); Pure Fit-out (Fit-Out Contractors); MJP (Fire Consultants)

Design Challenge and Design Ideas

The Mayson Hotel on Dublin’s North wall Quay is a redevelopment of two protected structures: a townhouse built in 1860 and an industrial warehouse dating from 1870. Given the protected nature of the site, the Architects had to ensure the development took into account the existing structures whilst designing a new two-storey steel extension rising from the top of the original warehouse.

Our clients Brief and our challenge was to create exciting Interior Design Concepts throughout all aspects of the Hotel that would seamlessly connect an Interior Design Intent from the buildings original historic features and finishes through to the new contemporary interventions.

Our Design solution set out to create an immersive experience in this unique space from the moment patrons enterered the building, through to the Bars, Restaurants, Leisure spaces, Meeting spaces and the varied Bedroom accommodation in the Original and New sections of the Building.

How the brief was fulfilled

The Ground floor of The Mayson is the original brick timber yard warehouse and we set out to expose and restore the original brickwork and timber ceilings to give a occupants an understanding of the original character of the space.

The reception desk is clad in brass and printed fabric and opposite a DIME coffee counter has been designed to de-formalise the space and make it feel comfortable and accessible to all.

Crittal windows flood the interior with natural light. The texture of the walls throughout are emphasised by pools of soft light glowing from wall lights designed for the space and the resultant overall tones are earthy and warm.

The island Bar to the rear of the Ground Floor is clad in hand stitched leather panels. This area opens out into a light filled courtyard with views to the lower levels.

The Bottle Boy is designed as a stand alone Pub but interconnected to The Mayson. Historically it was a dockers pub dating to 1880 & we re-created an authentic traditional interior. The interior fixtures are all reclaimed and walls are lined with archive photos of the local dockers capturing the history of the area.

At Upper Basement we created The Timberyard Events Space. The backdrop to the room is a living green wall just beyond the floor to ceiling windows.

At Lower Basement, the Gym is a vibrant space with a mix of raw concrete and luxurious leather & timber clad walls. Accessed through full height sliding doors is a stunning vitality pool with hand painted wall tiles.

The design of the Bedrooms ranges from the elegance of the original 19th century upper floors of No.81 through to the clean lined industrial styled rooms over the original warehouse with views over the Liffey.

Ryleighs Restaurant on the 6th floor is lined with leather clad booths making the most of the river views. The restaurant has an open kitchen and flame grill which creates a sense of theatre. The ceilings are clad in blackened salvage timber boards and the internal walls are clad in a beautiful honed finish black veined marble.


The project reflects the old and the new elements of the site, all tied together with a playful and unpretentious design language



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