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Take a look inside £28m Titanic Hotel as preparations continue for grand opening

By Rachel Martin

These are the first stunning photographs from inside the Titanic Hotel ahead of its opening.

They provide a glimpse of how the hotel, still under construction, has been inspired by Belfast's rich maritime history.

Up to 50,000 visitors are expected to pass through the hotel's doors by the end of the year and several bookings for functions have already been taken.

Set in the old Harland & Wolff offices, the building has undergone a £28m transformation.

Due to open on September 10, the hotel will include a 140 seater restaurant and 1920s themed cocktail bar, while the former drawing rooms will become dining and function rooms.

The hotel has 119 rooms, including seven suites, with prices expected to start at £140 a night.

No expense has been spared, from the parquet floors through to the cornicing and intricate plasterwork adorning the ceilings. Harcourt Developments' group hotel operations manager, Clement Gaffney, said: "It's a truly unique property and we want to offer guests that experience of the luxuries, the service, and the grandeur of the Titanic. We already have international conferences confirmed from the US and the UK."

Adrian McNally, Titanic Hotel Belfast general manager, said: "There's a huge amount of design we have tried to carry through from the ship.

"You'll see the rivets on the back wall and the lamps are stuff that you would have seen on an old ship. The designer - Maria Rice - has done everything she can to get the Titanic nautical theme into this.

"Most rooms will have an amazing view; one side will have the cranes, Samson and Goliath - there's going to be huge demand for them, because everyone loves the cranes, while the other side will have the Titanic visitor attraction and the architecture of it is stunning as well, so there's no bad view anywhere"

The 100-year-old dentil moulding in the drawing rooms was madeby many of the men who would have worked on Harland & Wolff's famous liners.

The stunning wooden directors' entrance will become the hotel's main entrance, while where the messages carrying news of the Titanic's fate were received will become a snug for guests to meet in the foyer.

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