Belfast Telegraph

Marriott Hotel to open in Belfast as part of City Quays project

By John Mulgrew

One of the world’s biggest hotel brands is opening its first premises in Northern Ireland, it can be revealed.

Marriott is set to take on the new City Quays hotel project in Belfast with its AC Hotels brand.

The hotels are ‘lifestyle’ brands, with each designed to reflect the character of its urban location.

And Belfast Harbour’s new City Quays hotel project is also expected to get the go-ahead during tonight’s Belfast City Council planning committee meeting.

Planners have said the “proposed hotel will front on to a newly created public square as a result of proposed environmental improvements”.

“It is considered that a hotel use at this location will further enhance the vitality and viability of the redevelopment of this area.”

Planners said the hotel development, which will sit alongside the City Quays 1 and 2 buildings, will “positively contribute to the ongoing regeneration” of the area.

It’s understood Michael Burroughs Associates are the planning consultants behind the development.

Last year Park Hood, based in east Belfast, won the tender to design the area around the proposed City Quays hotel and second office complex in the Belfast Harbour development.

The City Quays development will include two large office buildings, along with plans for the City Quays hotel.

City Quays 1 was completed last year. It’s now home to the world’s largest law firm, Baker & McKenzie, with US-owned technology firms MACOM Technology Solutions and Cayan moving in.

Meanwhile, work has finally begun on a long-awaited hotel at the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices in the Titanic Quarter.

Belfast Telegraph

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