The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle, County Antrim, unveiled its new look this week, part of a £1m investment in modernising and expanding the venue.
The first phase of the refurbishment and expansion programme sees all 33 of the property's bedrooms renovated and its seafood restaurant, Marconi's Bar & Bistro, overhauled. The hotel's function room has also been refurbished.
The second phase will involve the addition of 12 executive bedrooms and an additional event space, plus upgrading the exterior to better reflect the Marine's new, modern interior. Scheduled for completion in time for the Open golf tournament in July 2019, the initiative, which was undertaken with support from First Trust Bank, will create ten new jobs in the area.
The hotel is owned by Colum McLornan and Claire Hunter, who bought it out of receivership in 2013. Hunter said: "In recent years events like the Giro D'Italia and productions like Game of Thrones have really put Northern Ireland's thriving hospitality and tourism industry on a global stage. We are keen for Ballycastle to be part of this. Our aim is for [it] to be a must-stop destination."
First Trust Bank senior business manager Stephen Comer commented: "The hotel caters to a wide variety of visitors, from those looking for an idyllic wedding to staycationers, adventurers and oversee visitors exploring our local sites. Its position as one of the most popular hotels in the area is also helping boost the growth of other businesses in Ballycastle and the Marine Hotel is now the main driver of Ballycastle as a destination."