A cut above the rest, as hotel gets 4 stars after £4m revamp
A Co Down hotel has been upgraded to a four star.
The Burrendale Hotel, country club and spa in Newcastle received the accolade as part of a new Northern Ireland Tourist Board quality grading scheme.
In the past two years, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has worked closely with the Burrendale to ensure the hotel's £4m investment paid dividends through achieving an 'excellent' overall standard of accommodation.
During an event to recognise the achievement, Tourism Minister Arlene Foster said that Northern Ireland's reputation for first-class hospitality continued to be enhanced by such investments.
"As well as boasting 68 ensuite bedrooms, the Burrendale Hotel can now offer guests everything from fine dining, excellent country club facilities, spa treatments and a hair salon," she said.
"Situated at the foot of the stunning Mourne Mountains, with a world-renowned golf course and tourist attractions nearby, the Burrendale Hotel is well placed to capitalise on the demand for quality, four-star accommodation."
"This year we have been striving to strengthen Northern Ireland's appeal as a tourism destination through the ni2012 campaign.
"Local tourism-related businesses have the opportunity to step up to the mark and develop world class facilities that will deliver a top-quality visitor experience, which will keep people coming back.
"Tourists drawn to Northern Ireland by international publicity are being encouraged to explore and enjoy the very many attractions that places such as Newcastle and the Mournes have to offer.
"This impressive development is part of the longer-term journey Northern Ireland is taking. It substantially enhances accommodation for visitors to a region that offers many excellent amenities for tourists in one of our most picturesque areas," she said.