With Belfast’s serious food & drink renaissance taking off in recent years, it seems like our local hotel industry is also well and truly on the up.
It comes as Belfast is beginning to appeal to more and more tourists as it continues to shed its politically divided image of the past and make a name for itself as a genuine foodie destination.
In fact, such highly esteemed travel guides including The Guardian have been dedicating their time to scouring the city – resulting in the seriously spot on ‘Alternative City Guide To Belfast‘ which included some of our favourite under the radar spots.
There’s now almost two dozen new hotels in the works in Belfast – here’s the ones we’re keeping our eyes on!
81 Victoria Street – Website
Bullitt is the new £4million state-of-the-art hotel coming to Belfast’s city centre.
Wrapping Victoria Street and Ann Street, Bullitt is the latest brainchild of the Beannchor Group – the dynamic team responsible for some of Belfast’s most attractive hotspots, from the city’s five-star Merchant Hotel, The National Grande Café and Sixty6, The Dirty Onion, Little Wing Pizzeria and over 40 pubs across Northern Ireland!
Named after the Steve McQueen movie of the same name, Bullitt Belfast is a vibrant new space that will provide a cool new space for people to ‘work, play and stay in the heart of the city.’
It will boast 43 stylish bedrooms, three bars (including Baltic, NI’s first ski-themed bar), a courtyard garden, a 68-seater restaurant ‘Taylor and Clay’, an Espresso bar and a versatile private events space.
Perhaps most amazingly – it is set to open in mid-October! Check out how the progress was getting on when we joined the first exclusive preview tour of Bullitt earlier this month: First Look Inside Belfast’s New £4million Hotel.
2. City Quays Hotel
21 Clarendon Road – Website
It has just been announced that Marriott International has been selected as the brand for the new City Quays Hotel on Belfast’s waterfront under a franchise operating agreement with Interstate Europe Hotels and Resorts.
City Quays Hotel will be Belfast’s newest waterfront hotel. An upper mid-scale hotel, the 4 Star development will feature a reception area, restaurant, bar/ lounge, gym, meeting rooms and a staggering 188 bedrooms!
The swanky new hotel is aiming for a grand opening in early 2018 – and we’re very excited about seeing the end result!
3. Boutique Travel Hotel
Plans to build a boutique hotel in the city centre’s Bank Square have just been given the green light.
Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee tonight granted planning permission on Tuesday for a four storey ‘boutique travel hotel’ with 17 bedrooms and a ground floor restaurant on Bank Square beside the Mourne Seafood Bar and Kelly’s Cellars.
Permission was also granted for a four storey extension to the Holiday Inn Express on University Street to provide 60 new bedrooms.
“We are pleased to see Belfast’s tourism infrastructure being further boosted by these two developments as our city’s popularity as a visitor destination continues to grow” said Councillor Peter Johnston, Chair of the Planning Committee.
4. Belfast Grand Central Hotel
Work is also underway on the £30m Belfast Grand Central hotel.
The four-star, 200-bedroom building will transform 23-storey Windsor House, which owners Hastings Hotels bought for £6.5m.
Last year, Hastings Hotels unveiled plans to transform Windsor House in Belfast – one of Ireland’s tallest buildings – making it the seventh addition to the hotel chain.
The Belfast Grand Central Hotel will also include 16 serviced apartments and new ground floor retail units, as well as refurbished office space on the upper floors of the 24-storey building.
It’s set to create an impressive 150 jobs when it opens in 2018.
5. The Bedford Hotel
Former Scottish Mutual Building
The £12m boutique project suffered a fair few setbacks when it was hit with delays caused by a government funding shortfall last year.
But so far we know that the six-storey building on Donegall Square South appointed Dublin-based architects Douglas Wallace to oversee the design of the project in early 2015.
Work was expected to kick off shortly after, with the owners optimistic that the project – which has now been extended to include 67 bedrooms – would be ready soon.
6. H&W Drawing Offices
A £4.9m grant was awarded last year to help convert the building at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff (H & W) shipyard, where the Titanic was designed, into an 84-room boutique hotel.
The H&W headquarters building and drawing offices on Queen’s Island was the hub where more than 1,000 ships including the Olympic, Titanic, Britannic and HMS Belfast were planned. It has been vacant since 1989.
The Heritage Lottery Fund provided the grant to restore the listed building. It said the restoration had the potential to create more than 100 jobs. The HLF said the grant would focus on developing the two drawing offices as spaces for public use.
A spokesperson for Titanic Quarter Ltd said work was due to begin “shortly” on the development, which is expected to finish in time for 2017.
7. Former BMC College Campus
Off Brunswick Street
Councillors also issued the go-ahead last November for a new 206 bedroom hotel on the former Belfast Metropolitan College Campus off Brunswick Street.
Cookstown developer McAleer and Rushe, plan to redevelop the site into a 206 bedroom hotel with restaurants, bars and leisure accommodation.