New Belfast city centre hotel to boast larger rooms for families and groups
A new hotel in Belfast's former War Memorial Building could have group rooms sleeping up to 16 people, according to latest plans.
Signature Living Group plans to open The Waring Hotel on Waring Street in Belfast Cathedral Quarter.
It's expected to be a mid-market venue hoping to capitalise on the number of groups coming on tourist visits and to celebrate events in the city.
In its Liverpool hotel, the company markets group rooms sleeping up to 30 people for around £600 a night.
It's the latest set of hotel plans for the building, which was to be transformed into accommodation by the former owners of the Kremlin nightclub after they bought the building in 2015.
However, they are no longer associated with the project.
The building has since been linked to Signature Living, which unveiled its plans for the central site at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes in the south of France.
The 90,000sq ft hotel will feature 63 bedrooms across four floors, together with a ground floor bar/restaurant and a rooftop bar.
Lawrence Kenwright, head of Signature Living, said that The Waring would be a "vibrant new addition".
"Our portfolio of Signature Living hotels are widely recognised as a fun and energetic aspect of the group's ventures," he said.
"The Waring will take on Signature Living Group's highly popular group accommodation concept. Following the footprint of the Signature Living Hotel in Liverpool, it will feature a range of uniquely themed rooms and group suites, accommodating from two up to 16 people - providing a new accommodation concept for group and family stays in Belfast."
Last year Signature Living announced plans to develop the George Best Hotel in Belfast city centre's Scottish Mutual Building and the Lanyon Hotel in the Crumlin Road Courthouse.
It's also hoping to renovate the famous Floral Hall in north Belfast in a £5m project.
The Waring would be located closed to existing luxury hotel The Merchant, and next to new restaurant Quartisan.
And Mr Kenwright insisted it would be a more modern hotel than its other projects in Belfast.
"Unlike the George Best and Lanyon Hotels - both of which will be housed in sympathetically-restored heritage buildings - this latest hotel in our Belfast offering will have a much more lively, contemporary boutique hotel feel befitting of the lively Cathedral Quarter in which it is situated.
"We anticipate that The Waring's stylish bar/restaurant and rooftop bar will be a vibrant new addition to the district's bustling social and culinary offering, not only for guests, but also for members of the public."
The plans were welcomed by Tourism NI chief executve John McGrillen.
"With visitor numbers to Belfast having grown so dramatically in recent years, we welcome any development that could bring something new and unique to the city's hotel offering in the way that The Waring Hotel will," he said.
The War Memorial building had previously been bought by Frank Boyd's Killultagh Estates in 2007 for around £7m.