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Inside Belfast's new £28m Titanic Hotel as it opens with a fanfare

General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017
General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 Pictured at the official opening along with musicians from the Ulster Youth Orchestra is Philip Rafferty, James Eyre, Titanic Quarter, Pat Doherty of Harcourt Developments, Kerrie Sweeney, Titanic Foundation and Adrian McNally, General Manager at the official opening.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 General views of the Titanic Hotel Belfast which has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
10/9/17 PACEMAKER PRESS The grand opening of the new Titanic Hotel in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
10/9/17 PACEMAKER PRESS The grand opening of the new Titanic Hotel in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
10/9/17 PACEMAKER PRESS The grand opening of the new Titanic Hotel in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
10/9/17 PACEMAKER PRESS The grand opening of the new Titanic Hotel in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
10/9/17 PACEMAKER PRESS The grand opening of the new Titanic Hotel in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th September 2017 Titanic Hotel Belfast has opened with fanfare in the city's Titanic Quarter where the Harland & Wolff headquarters once stood. The £28m Harcourt operated hotel tells the story of Belfast's shipbuilding and maritime history of the past 100 years. The Drawing Offices, where Titanic itself was designed, have been fully restored to their former glory thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Enterprise Fund. With 119 suites boasting views of Harland & Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Slipways to the west, Titanic Hotel Belfast is a unique heritage experience adding to Belfast's booming tourist offering. Pat Doherty of Harcourt Developments is pictured with family members and staff at the official opening this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Belfast's newest luxury hotel has opened its doors at the site of the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices and headquarters after a two-year restoration.

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The £28m Titanic Hotel, which highlights the history behind Queen's Island and the shipbuilding industry in Northern Ireland, was opened with a performance by the Queen's Island Victoria Male Voice Choir on Sunday.

The hotel says occupancy for its first week is already "exceptionally high".

With 119 rooms, the hotel has a team of 90 employees, including apprentices from Belfast Metropolitan College and students of Ulster University.

The Drawing Offices have been transformed with the help of a £5m Heritage Lottery Fund grant secured by the Titanic Foundation.

Heritage spaces retained in the development include the telephone exchange, which received the first communication of Titanic hitting the iceberg. The board room, directors' entrance and lobby and former directors' offices are also preserved.

One drawing office houses the hotel's bar and lounge, while the other has become the hotel's ball room and heritage experience.

There will be daily tours to showcase the heritage features and throughout the hotel.

John Doherty, Creative Director at Harcourt Developments said: "To be finally ready to open this historical and authentic hotel is another mark in the history of Queen’s Island. Titanic Hotel Belfast is a hub of heritage and legacy, and we’re delighted to open the doors to the public and our first guests today.

Anna Carragher, Trustee and Chair of HLF Northern Ireland said: "It is wonderful to see the completion of this exciting project, which was one of the first in the UK to benefit from a Heritage Enterprise grant.

"This innovative programme brings together not-for-profit and private organisations, creating partnerships and funding the costs of repair to make the restoration of heritage buildings commercially viable."

Ms Carragher added: "Thanks to £5m from National Lottery players this hugely important building has been secured for the future, creating jobs, investment and putting heritage at the heart of future growth."

Kerrie Sweeney from Titanic Foundation added: "Where one of Northern Ireland’s biggest commercial ventures once stood over 100 years ago, now stands a fitting tribute and another fantastic venture to shine a light on what was the largest shipyard in the world."

The hotel boasts unparalleled 360 views of the Quarter, with the Harland and Wolff cranes to the east and the Titanic Belfast and the slipways to the west.

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