Miskelly plans to expand Ten Square Hotel
Ten Square Hotel in Belfast has changed hands and is set for a major expansion which will see the number of bedrooms being increased from 23 to more than 100, it was disclosed today.
The hotel at Donegall Square South has been sold for an undisclosed sum to property developer John Miskelly by Nicholas and Paul Hill, owners of the Galgorm Resort near Ballymena.
Mr Miskelly, who is from Drumaness in Co Down, hit the headlines in 2007 when he made a failed bid to buy Liverpool Football Club.
Mr Miskelly was not available for immediate comment but Lucy Anderson, the hotel's sales and marketing manager, said his plan was to extend and upgrade the hotel and more than double its current staffing level of 75.
She said Mr Miskelly aimed to buy adjoining properties to allow an expansion of the hotel.
She said: "This is great news for Belfast and we have architects in from New York at the moment working on the redesign.
"We intend to surpass all expectations and be the best hotel in Belfast, luxurious with no expense spared."
Ten Square, which opened in 2000, has built up a strong reputation, used by visiting celebrities and locals alike, and was voted the city's best hotel in 2006 by Belfast Chamber of Commerce.
Nicholas Hill said he and his brother had thoroughly enjoyed building up the client base at the hotel but now wanted to focus on other property interests, primarily the recently refurbished Galgorm Resort and Spa. He said: "Although we have now decided to focus our attention on Galgorm, we will not forget about Belfast and are currently in the development process to open a similar establishment in the city centre, hopefully by next year."
Mr Miskelly owns a chain of convenience stores, nursing homes and a medical supplies distribution company, and also has a property portfolio including the Scottish Amicable and Clarence Chambers buildings in Belfast city centre.