Beannchor, Northern Ireland's largest hospitality group, is to open a new £4m, 55-bedroom hotel aimed at the modern traveller in Belfast city centre.
The hotel will offer "affordable" room rates and will feature a design that is described as "urban chic with stylish, contemporary surroundings".
There will be a destination ground floor bar, restaurant and coffee shop; a courtyard garden; and a public work space with computer access for residents and non-residents, high speed Wi-Fi and telephone charging points.
Conall Wolsey, director, Beannchor, said the development will bring a new hotel concept to Belfast and Northern Ireland. "This will be a hotel that we see as relevant to the modern day life of our customers; a hotel led by design, technology, efficiency, all in a friendly atmosphere, with the service that Beannchor is renowned for within the hospitality industry.
"The life of the hotel will be the public ground floor space, which will feature a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. We see this space being used day and night by a range of people, not just hotel guests. It will be a place where people can work, relax and socialise, within Belfast's vibrant social scene in the heart of the city centre."
Beannchor was founded by Bill Wolsey more than 30 years ago. Today the company boasts a portfolio of 50 hotels, restaurants and pubs, headed by the five-AA-star Merchant hotel in Belfast. Currently employing more than 750 staff, the group also includes Little Wing Pizzeria, the Dirty Onion, Yard Bird, the National Grande Café and Sixty6.
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