About the Carlton Atlantic Coast
The Atlantic Coast Hotel
was built in 1999 in Westport Harbour. To give a full picture of our beginning we have to go back to 1783.
During the late 1700's and early 1800's, Westport and the surrounding areas produced a large amount of grain. To cope with the large quantities of grain which were being exported from Westport and to cater for this trade, huge warehouses were built. Starting in 1783 and over the next 30 years, a range of stores and mills were erected along the Westport Quay. By 1818 the Quay was fully developed as a thriving port. These warehouses were situated all along the quay including where the hotel is now situated.
During the famine these stores were pressed into use as auxiliary workhouses and many people were reputed to have died in them. The railway came to the Quay in 1870 and opened Westport as a tourist resort. Due to the decline of the harbour as a thriving port, the warehouses went into disrepair and eventually only the stone front stood with the rear of the buildings in ruins. Eventually O'Gorman printers took over the building where the hotel is located and ran a successful printing company for many years but closed approx 20 years ago.
The buildings were identified as a wonderful location for a hotel and the rest, as they say, is history!