Latest phase of Fitzwilliam Hotel revamp under way
Work has started on the second phase of the £4m refurbishment of Belfast's Fitzwilliam Hotel, which will create 17 new jobs.
The latest phase follows the initial £2m refit completed in 2016, in which the hotel's lobby and 113 bedrooms got a makeover.
Now, work is being undertaken to transform the bedrooms and meeting spaces on the eighth and ninth floors.
This will bring the total number of bedrooms at the Fitzwilliam to 150 - a 15% increase - which the hotel said would meet the demand of increasing numbers of visitors to Belfast.
In December last year, research from estate agents Savills revealed that Belfast's hotel room numbers are growing at the fastest rate of any region in the UK - with 1,247 currently being built. Savills said by 2020 just three operators - Hastings, Dalata and Andras House - will control close to half of all hotel rooms in the city.
Cian Landers, general manager at the Fitzwilliam, said they plan to make more expansion announcements in the near future.
Phase two of the revamp is expected to be completed by the end of July.