Doors now open on Hilton’s new Belfast hotel
Belfast has just seen the doors opened on yet another new hotel as a period of unprecedented local growth for the sector continues.
The Hampton by Hilton at Hope Street – owned by Andras Hotels – opened last weekend, just days after Hastings unveiled its much-anticipated Grand Central just around the corner on Bedford Street.
In the same week, Andras also celebrated the completion of a £5m 60-bedroom extension to its Holiday inn Express property in the city. Improvements at the group’s Crowne Plaza property at Shaw’s Bridge are also ongoing.
The nine-story, 178-bedroom Hampton is located just off Great Victoria Street in Belfast city centre and is the first Hampton by Hilton to open in the island of Ireland.
Hampton is one of Hilton’s most successful brands, with 2,346 properties in 21 countries worldwide. The hotel provides a 24-hour food and dinner service in its open plan lobby concept.
Rajesh Rana, director of Andras Hotels, points out that this is the group’s first opening with Hilton, and adds:
“Hilton see Belfast as a key market and they are delighted to be placing their flag on our great city.
“The hotel will serve the very strong and growing mid-market range, for both the business and leisure traveller and will give a real boost to the tourism offering of the city. Visit Belfast and Tourism NI have been very supportive as they recognise the importance of well-known and loved brands opening in the city
Rajesh said that he was “proud” to be investing £25m across three hotel projects in Belfast, bringing a total of 270 additional rooms to the city.
Our picture above shows Rajesh Rana outside the new hotel with Lewis McCallen, head of corporate relationships at Dansk Bank, which is supporting the project.
The view below shows the lobby of the new hotel.