First Hampton by Hilton hotel in Ireland opens in Belfast
A new mid-market brand owned by Hilton has arrived in Belfast with the opening of the city's latest hotel.
Andras Hotels has unveiled the £12m Hampton by Hilton off Great Victoria Street - the brand's first opening on the island of Ireland.
Hilton already operates two hotels in Northern Ireland - one in Belfast and the other in Templepatrick, Co Antrim.
Rajesh Rana, director of Andras, which has five other hotels in the city, said: "This is our first opening with Hilton and we are very excited to be bringing Hampton by Hilton to Ireland.
"Hilton sees Belfast as a key market and they are delighted to be placing their flag on our great city. The hotel will serve the very strong and growing mid-market range, for both the business and leisure traveller - and will give a real boost to the tourism offering of the city.
"Visit Belfast and Tourism NI have been very supportive as they recognise the importance of well known and loved brands opening in the city."
The Hampton by Hilton has nine storeys and 178 bedrooms. It's the fifth hotel to open in the city so far this year, joining the AC Marriott, Maldron, The Flint and Grand Central.
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The George Best Hotel is also set to open in December - and in total the new hotels will add 2,000 rooms to the city's existing 8,000 rooms. Three of Andras Hotels' other venues - Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza - operate in agreements with the InterContinental Hotels Group.
It also has two Ibis hotels, one in the city centre and another in the university area. Last week Andras unveiled a £5m, 60-room extension to the Holiday Inn Express on University Road.
The group is funded by Danske Bank and Lewis McCallan, head of relationship management, said: "This is yet another milestone for the group and for the city, as it brings a new and exciting brand to Belfast's hospitality market at a time when this sector is arguably at its most vibrant.
"Danske has a long-standing relationship over some 30-plus years with Andras Hotels and I am delighted that we could support their latest landmark."