Belfast Telegraph

90. Hastings Hotels Group

  • Managing director: Howard Hastings
  • Pre-tax profit: £5.2m
  • Employment: 1,106
  • Pay bill: £13.3m

Hastings Hotels Group is one of Northern Ireland’s most famous companies and owns and operates eight key hotels around the province.

The business, which was founded by the late Sir Billy Hastings, owns Newcastle’s Slieve Donard Hotel, The Stormont, Culloden, Grand Central and Europa hotels in Belfast, Co Antrim’s Ballygally Hotel and the Everglades in Londonderry.

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The £53m Grand Central opened on Bedford Street last year. The Grand Central is inspired by the original Grand Central Hotel on the city’s Royal Avenue.

A restaurant and bar on the first floor nods to Belfast’s maritime history and is named the Seahorse Bar & Bistro.

The company’s finance director of nearly 50 years, Edward Carson, has now been announced as its new chairman, succeeding Sir Billy.

Hastings Hotels Group

Stormont Hotel



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