Belfast Telegraph

Plan for up to five new Belfast hotels including George Best and Titanic themed buildings

By John Mulgrew

Belfast is set to get at least five new hotels - including a new George Best themed development.

It comes from the same man behind the plans unveiled for a George Best hotel in Manchester.

Lawrence Kenwright's Signature Living is behind the new hotel. It was revealed during the launch of Belfast Forward at the Waterfront, ahead of the city's visit to the world's largest property event MIPIM.

It says securing the hotel came about direct as a result of the city's visit to the event in Cannes last year.

It's understood developers are in discussions with five locations for the new hotels.

Plans for the new George Best hotel in Belfast were first revealed earlier this month.

Mr Kenwright had said: "There are several sites we are looking at in Belfast.

"It's really tough because Belfast as a city is doing very well and it's tough to land a site."

Meanwhile, elsewhere, a Titanic-themed hotel could be built in west Belfast amid fresh plans to revamp a former church.

The project could see the Shankill Road Mission Presbyterian Church transformed into a 50-bedroom, four-star hotel, inspired by the famous ill-fated cruise liner.

Across Belfast there are around 20 new hotels at various stages of development. That includes the Grand Central on Bedford Street.

Hastings Group is now planning to turn the former Windsor House building into a 304-bedroom development - the largest in Northern Ireland.

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