John Lally and Paul Higgins both have a long history of involvement in the hospitality industry. John Lally opened two Barnacles Accommodation Hostels in Galway and Dublin in 1993 and 1997 respectively. He opened his first hotel, the Harbour Hotel Galway, in 2001. The Limerick Strand Hotel (originally a Hilton Hotel) and the Hilton Dublin Kilmainham soon followed, and were opened in 2007.
The expansion of the hotel collection accelerated in 2012, when Paul and John met John Malone, the Chairman of Liberty Media and Liberty Global , and the partnership was formed.
The collection was branded the MHL Hotel Collection in 2016 to reflect the partnership of Malone, Higgins and Lally, and since that time a further eight hotels have been added to the collection.
The MHL Hotel Collection is the second largest hotel group in Dublin city with over 1,150 five and four star bedrooms in Dublin city.