Belfast Telegraph

Bullitt Hotel plan for 30 new bedrooms and rooftop bar expected to get green light

By John Mulgrew

The next phase of a Belfast city centre hotel - which will add 30 new bedrooms a rooftop bar - looks set to get planning permission.

The Bullitt Hotel opened its doors last year. The 43-bedroom establishment on Church Lane is owned by Beannchor, which also runs the Merchant.

The company is now planning to add another 30 bedrooms by developing the neighbouring Annsgate House building.

That would include a roof terrace including a bar. Planners have now recommended the plans get the go ahead. They said the "proposal is considered to be in accordance with the development plan, relevant planning policies and other material considerations and as such it is recommended that the proposal should be approved subject to conditions".

It's due to go before Belfast City Council's planning committee on Tuesday.

The £7m Bullitt Hotel features three bars, including the ski-themed Baltic bar, 43 bedrooms, an espresso bar, a 58-seater restaurant called Taylor and Clay and a private events space.

The expansion is the latest addition to the Beannchor Group's portfolio, which also includes, the Little Wing chain of pizza restaurants, and a string of bars and pubs.

And it's also understood the company is hoping to open up another Bullitt Hotel in Dublin.

Last month it confirmed it had snapped up the headquarters of stage extravaganza Riverdance on Dublin's Capel Street as the site of a new hotel.

A spokeswoman for the Merchant owner said that it had bought 133 Capel Street for around €5m (£4.3m).

It comes after Hospitality Review revealed last month that Beannchor was looking at a site in Capel Street for a Bullitt Hotel.

And the spokeswoman confirmed that the new Dublin hotel would have 100 rooms.

In Belfast, more than 30 hotels are at various stages of development.

Around 4,000 rooms are planned for the city centre, more than doubling capacity. There are currently some 3,400.

Around 1,100 rooms are being added across five under-construction developments.

They are the Marriott AC at City Quays; the Grand Central at Bedford Street; Hampton by Hilton at Hope Street; the Maldron Hotel at Brunswick Street and the Titanic Hotel.

Ten Square, behind City Hall, is also being extended.

Projects at the pre-planning stage include a 160-bedroom hotel at the King's Hall, and McAleer & Rushe's proposed 150-room development at the former Bank of Ireland building on Royal Avenue.

Meanwhile, Liverpool businessman Lawrence Kenwright has ambitious plans to build four hotels in Belfast.

Those include an 80-bedroom hotel inspired by George Best at the former Scottish Mutual building, and a £25m refurbishment of the former Crumlin Road courthouse, to create a 150-bedroom development.

This week the Belfast Telegraph revealed he is spending £80m and creating 350 jobs here.

He has also bought the former War Memorial building at Waring Street and is also looking at purchasing another building in the area to turn it into another hotel.

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