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Revamped Fitzwilliam awarded five-star rating from Tourism NI

By Margaret Canning

Belfast's Fitzwilliam Hotel has won five-star billing from Tourism NI - its first rating since opening seven years ago.

The Great Victoria Street venue has described itself as a "luxury destination" since opening, but has not had a star rating.

It recently completed refurbishments costing £2m, and has also won planning approval for a £6m extension.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel was opened by June Burgess of Graffan Properties in 2009.

It was bought by Michael Holland of Hotel Partners last year. The company also operates a Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin.

John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI, said: "Tourism NI's accommodation grading scheme rigorously assesses tourist accommodation over a range of quality measures and I am delighted that the newly refurbished Fitzwilliam Hotel has met the highest standards and achieved five-star status."

The hotel's general manager Cian Landers said: "With a continued increase in demand spurred by the growing number of visitors to Belfast, there is a need to increase the stock of premium hotel rooms that are relevant for the international traveller and local visitors alike.

"That is why we have undertaken refurbishments and will be progressing with plans to extend the hotel."

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