Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Days Hotel now a Holiday Inn after £2.5m investment

By Margaret Canning

The former Days Hotel in Belfast's city centre has been renovated and rebranded as a Holiday Inn by Lord Rana's Andras House.

The company yesterday unveiled the property on the city's Hope Street, following a £2.5m investment.

Andras House also owns the Ramada Plaza Hotel in south Belfast, a Holiday Inn Express and Ibis in the university area, an Ibis in the city centre and serviced apartments on the Lisburn Road.

Earlier this year, a Holiday Inn on Belfast's Ormeau Avenue was bought by Dalata. It has since been rebranded as Clayton Hotel.

Rajseh Rana, director of Andras Hotels and son of founder Lord Rana, said: "We are delighted to be opening the doors of Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre.

"The culmination of a £2.5m investment, with the support of HSBC and InterContinentalHotels and all of our local partners, has seen this property utterly transformed.

"At 250 bedrooms, the quality and size of this Holiday Inn hotel, along with its international recognition and fantastic new design and facilities, will be a great benefit to visitors to Belfast and, indeed, Visit Belfast when selling the city as a conference venue."

Anna Corkill, development director for the UK and Ireland at the InterContinental Hotel Group, praised the development.

She said: "Belfast is a fantastic city and we are delighted to be developing this property with Andras Hotels who are a long-standing partner of ours. The Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is a great addition to our portfolio."

The rebrand was funded by the banking giant HSBC. The company's Chris McQuay said: "HSBC are committed to investing in the Northern Ireland marketplace, and we recognise the value of partnerships with businesses like Andras Hotels.

"The new Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is a real asset to the city, and we were enthusiastic supporters of this project."

The Holiday Inn is the latest in a series of new hotel developments in the city.

Around 20 hotels are currently in planning stages - and this week the Belfast Telegraph revealed that the War Memorial Building in the city's Cathedral Quarter is set to be turned into a hotel.

Andre Graham and Seamus Sweeney, the former owners of the nightclub the Kremlin, paid around £1m for the 1950s building on Waring Street in the city centre.

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