These are the first images of a new hotel development which will add 200 bedrooms to Belfast’s hotel stock.
The planned development will make Hastings Hotels the largest independent hotel chain in North and Southern Ireland.
The scheme has yet to be approved by councillors at Belfast City Council, who will examine the proposals in the next six months,
The £30M investment in the Belfast Grand Central Hotel will create 150 new jobs in the hotel, mostly in the operations department. The new hotel on the site of Windsor House in the city centre will feature boardroom-sized meeting rooms, a restaurant and bar, 18 serviced apartments and offices.
Sir William Hastings, chairman of Hastings Hotels, said: “This project is a huge undertaking for Hastings Hotels and it is has only been made possible by the strength of our existing hotels portfolio and the quality of our staff and management.
“The Belfast Grand Central Hotel will fulfil the requirement for much needed city centre accommodation in Belfast. Tourism in Northern Ireland continues to thrive and it is the ideal time to extend our portfolio of hotels with more high profile events coming to the city as well as an increase in business tourism which will be helped by the expansion of the Belfast Waterfront next year.”
Belfast Lord Mayor Cllr Arder Carson said: “This is great news for the city. One of our major objectives is to double the current tourism revenue by 2020 and developments such as this one by the Hastings Hotels Group are a huge step forward towards achieving that goal.”