One of Dublin's best-known hotels, the Burlington, closes its doors.

The Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4 was the largest central hotel in the city.  

After three and a half decades, the doors of the venerable Dublin institution affectionately known as 'The Burlo' today closed on an era.

Staff and guests share their memories of the hotel. Among those who will miss the Burlington and its staff are flights crews from Delta Airlines.

Head Concierge Frank Treacy began his career as a pageboy in 1972 and worked his way up over the years. 

Another concierge Sean Burke describes the Burlington as

The Doyle's Baby as we call it, the Flagship.

General Manager John Clifton who joined the Burlington straight from school, says there is no place like it.

Many of the guests have returned to the hotel again and again over the decades including Delta Airways flight attendants who are sad to see the place close.

The Burlington is the largest hotel in Dublin's city centre and its closure will result in over 450 job losses. Paul Henry of SIPTU describes its closure as a blow to the hospitality sector as other hotels have also closed. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 January 2008. The reporter is Jonathan Clynch.