Belfast Telegraph

Watch: First look inside Belfast's £28m Titanic Hotel before launch

By Staff Reporter

Belfast's newest luxury hotel opens its doors this weekend, providing a brand new link to the city's famous shipbuilding past.

The £28m Titanic Hotel Belfast has been created through the restoration of the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices and headquarters.

It opens its doors to the public on Sunday at noon.

The 119-room hotel will have 90 employees.

The historic 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.

The hotel boasts unparalleled views of the Quarter, with the Harland and Wolff cranes to the east and Titanic Belfast and the slipways to the west. Drawing office one will house a temporary six-week exhibition from Sunday's opening, telling the story of the conservation and construction of the buildings and hotel. After that, daily tours will be on offer to showcase the heritage features.

John Doherty, a director of hotel operator 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 on Sunday.

"To celebrate, the Queen's Island Male Voice Choir will be performing in the drawing offices after we create a bit of theatre and fanfare when officially declaring the hotel open at noon."

Kerrie Sweeney from the 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."

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