Belfast Telegraph

Belfast hotel 'not closing for business' - Facebook post sparks speculation

By Jonathan Bell

A well-known Belfast hotel has moved to reassure customers it is not closing for business.

It's understood a post was placed on the Facebook page of the Lansdowne Hotel in north Belfast saying it was "closed for business" before it was later removed - sparking speculation over its future.

Despite repeated attempts, the Belfast Telegraph could not contact an official at the company, however, an employee said the Antrim Road business was only closing temporarily for planned renovation works which had been brought forward from July.

They could not say how long the work would take to complete, saying someone would return to us for comment.

Earlier, Q Radio had also reported that Metro Inns had told it that a decision to refurbish the building had been brought forward.

The hotel was bought by English budget chain Metro Inns in 2012 for around £700,000 after it suddenly went out of business when the former owners Welcome Hotels entered administration.

At the time around 30 staff were employed in the 25-bedroom hotel.

Chair of the Antrim Road Business Association, Paul Carlin welcomed the hotel's commitment to beginning renovation works.

"The Antrim Road is a fantastic place to do business and a flagship hotel should do very well. It is in a great location right at the foot of the Cave Hill and at the Belfast Castle estate," he said.

"The area is ripe for investment and an attractive prospect for shoppers and tourists. I try to tell people that we should consider the city centre business as our competition.

"With Crumlin Road Gaol, the development at the old law courts and the university to come, things are looking bright for the area.

"People always think about the doom and gloom of north Belfast, the reality is it is a great area for business."

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