Belfast hotel awarded five-stars
A Belfast hotel has become the latest in Northern Ireland to win five stars from motoring and travel organisation the AA.
The luxury Fitzwilliam Hotel, on Great Victoria Street, which marks its 10th anniversary next year, had already been awarded five stars in the Tourism NI accommodation grading scheme.
But the hotel said that the "coveted AA award marks another significant milestone".
The Fitzwilliam was first opened by property developer June Burgess of Graffan Properties. In 2015, it was bought over by Michael Holland of Hotel Partners, which also operates Dublin's Fitzwilliam Hotel.
Its second £2m revamp to improve the rooms and increase capacity is now taking place. In 2016, an application was made to add 30 new rooms to the 130-room Great Victoria Street hotel, as well as a gym, a spa and a roof terrace.
According to the hotel: "The AA inspector's report praised the attentive staff and high standards of housekeeping as well as the stylish and well-maintained property".
The hotel was also presented with an AA Rosette Award for its quality of food.
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General manager Cian Landers said: "The accreditation is testament to the efforts of the fantastic team we have here and the comments from the inspector show that the staff in all areas of the hotel made this possible.
"We are thrilled to have been recognised as an AA five-star rated hotel and will display our plaque with pride."