Westport Woods Hotel
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Our hotel is situated on part of the Westport House demesne, which gave us our beautiful mature woodland setting. It was built in 1968 by the 5th Marquis of Sligo, owner of Westport House in conjunction with Jury’s Hotels .

Five years later in 1973, it was bought by returned emigrant Michael Woods, who gave it the very appropriate name “Westport Woods”. Monaghan native Michael Woods had spent most of his life in Detroit, working his way to the top of the automobile trade. He and his family managed the Westport Woods Hotel until 1977 when he sold it to the Ryan Hotel Group.

Ryan’s introduced the concept of family and golden years holidays which are still such a big part of our culture. At that stage the hotel had just 57 bedrooms, less than half of the current tally. It changed hands again in the early 1990s when Eurohotels, a management team associated with Ryan’s took it over along with the Yeats Country Hotel in Rosses Point Sligo and Buswell’s, the well known political hotel in Dublin. In March 1995 Brian McEniff Hotels purchased both the Westport Woods and Yeats Country Hotels, and have owned and managed them since.

Brian McEniff Hotels is a family hotel group, run by Brian and Cautie McEniff from Bundoran, Co. Donegal. The group consists of the Holyrood and Great Northern in Bundoran, the Yeats Country and Sligo Southern in Sligo, the Westport Woods and the Skylon in Dublin. Westport Woods Hotel is owned by Brian and Cautie along with their daughter Joanne McEniff and her husband Michael Lennon who manage the hotel.

Joanne and Michael have completely renovated and expanded the hotel in those 15 years. In 1996 they added 38 new bedrooms followed by an additional 16 in 1997. The lobby and function room were extended and refurbished in 1998 and again in 2014. The following year the award winning Beech Club Leisure Centre was added. The luxury Spa was built in 2004 and in 2007 the bar was developed into the contemporary Bench Cafe Bar as it is today. The last additions were the elevator and 11 new bedrooms in 2008.

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Marketing and Sales Intern in Westport
on 16 June 2021
Fast-Paced, Busy Environment

Management are generally supportive and approachable, and staff are very friendly. Great place to work for someone who loves a challenge and thrives in a fast-paced working environment. Certain periods such as the summer months can be very busy, so the work will suit someone with flexibility and a strong work ethic. Overall the work was very rewarding, and the knowledge gained from the position will definitely benefit me in future.

Accounts Assistant in Westport, County Mayo
on 30 April 2022
Working under pressure, very stressful a no d no appreciation or respect for it’s staff or at least me while employed there

Would not recommend working for this firm, the work was stressful and intense, I worked a 3 day week and got paid from social welfare for the balance of the week, I was approached by a senior member of staff requesting would I be willing to give up my social welfare income and continue working same hours for same pay as before so that the owner could benefit from receiving a large lumpsum payment from the government for taking someone off the live registrar which I declined and was told that they would not be able to continue employing me otherwise and that was my experience of working in this hotel

Administrator in Office
on 28 April 2022
Fast paced busy environment plenty of variety of tasks

Every day was different I worked there over my two employments nearly 15years made lifelong friends leaned a lot learned how to multitask and be able to adapt to challenging situations

Sales & Marketing Intern in Westport, County Mayo
on 20 May 2021
Rewarding place to work

Great sense of team spirit throughout the hotel. The hotel industry gifts you the opportunity to meet interesting people from all different walks of life. During the summer months it can become quite busy and challenging, but that makes for an even greater sense of achievement when guests leave happy after a great holiday. Management are very supportive and understanding.

Internship in Westport, County Mayo
on 19 May 2021
Great place to work

Management and staff are very approachable and will help you in any way they can. Communicating with staff and customers allows for fun interactions and satisfying work. The working environment is face paced so you are always busy and the day flies by. Overall a very enjoyable place to work.

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