Belfast Telegraph

Two Belfast hotels unveil £14m of upgrades, adding 100 rooms

By Margaret Canning

Two Belfast city centre hotels have unveiled completed renovations costing a total of £14m which have added nearly 100 rooms.

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Jurys Inn said it had spent £9.1m at its Great Victoria Street hotel, including an 80-bedroom extension and self-check-in kiosks in the lobby.

The hotel now has 270 bedrooms - and each new room has a mural featuring local landmarks.

The lobby, restaurant and bars have been refitted by suppliers including Ulster Carpets, while Spires Art in Omagh created the artwork.

And the nearby five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel has finished the second phase of its redevelopment, bringing the total invested since 2016 to £5m.

The completion of both projects is a continuation of a bumper year in 2018 for new hotels and hotel extensions in Belfast. Both hotels are owned by Dublin-based groups.

Around five new hotels were launched in the city during the year - with many others - including Jury's Inn and the Fitzwilliam, announcing ambitious renovation plans.

The changes have boosted the supply of rooms by 47% to over 9,000.

The latest stage of improvements at the Fitzwilliam added 16 luxury bedrooms and a new penthouse suite with views over the city.

General manager Cian Landers said: "Over the last 10 years the Fitzwilliam Hotel has continuously invested in improving the offering available to our customers. We strive to ensure that our guests enjoy the best in luxury and service and this new development has once again allowed us to do just that.

"The addition of these new rooms and the penthouse increases the total number of rooms to 146, a 12% increase which will help to meet the continuing rise in visitors seeking luxury accommodation in the city, which we are thrilled about."

This year is also due to bring a number of new hotel openings, including the George Best Hotel and its 63 sport-themed rooms and Bank Square Boutique Hotel, which is adding 17 rooms.

The George Best Hotel at Donegall Square South had been due to open in December but was delayed until this month.

Belfast Telegraph