Belfast’s biggest hotel group, Andras Hotels, has today officially opened Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre.
The hotel, located on Hope Street, just off Great Victoria Street, is the result of a £2.5 million investment supported by HSBC, and has a focus on serving Belfast’s burgeoning corporate market and the fast growing leisure tourism.
The completely refurbished, 250 room Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is owned and operated by Andras Hotels, who also own Holiday Inn Express Belfast City – Queen’s Quarter.
The project has seen all 250 rooms and public areas refitted and furnished in a contemporary, up-market style, befitting with the Holiday Inn® brand.
A new restaurant concept, The Oakwood Grill, offers a New England-style cuisine as well as providing 24-hour room service.
The hotel also benefits from a new gym, and an updated meetings and conference room, with a 60 person capacity and free WiFi throughout the entire property.
With Andras Hotel’s ongoing dedication to using local suppliers where possible, the curtains, furniture and beds have been made in Northern Ireland.
Artwork is all original prints by local artist Lucy Turner, and local designers, landscape architects; consultants and contractors have been used throughout.
The parent company of the Holiday Inn brand, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), have awarded the Holiday Inn franchise to Andras Hotels.
IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies with over 4,900* hotels worldwide, in nearly 100 countries with more than 1,200* hotels in its development pipeline.
Rajesh Rana, director of Andras Hotels said: “We are delighted to be opening the doors of Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre today.
“The culmination of a £2.5 million investment, with the support of HSBC and IHG and all of our local partners, has seen this property utterly transformed.
“At 250 bedrooms, the quality and size of this Holiday Inn hotel along with its international recognition and fantastic new design and facilities will be a great benefit to visitors to Belfast and indeed Visit Belfast when selling the city as a conference venue.”
Anna Corkill, Development Director for the UK & Ireland, IHG said: “Belfast is a fantastic city and we are delighted to be developing this property with Andras Hotels who are a long-standing partner of ours. Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is a great addition to our portfolio.”
Chris McQuay of HSBC added: “HSBC are committed to investing in the NI market place and we recognise the value of partnerships with businesses like Andras Hotels. The new Holiday Inn Belfast City is a real asset to the city and we were enthusiast supporters of this project”.
Andras Hotels has further plans to expand its portfolio, with planning permission lodged for a new 179 bedroom hotel in Belfast city centre.
It has has a £20million investment programme for further growth, which will continue to supply bedrooms for the local tourism market.