Beannchor's new £4 million hotel Bullitt unveiled in Belfast
BELFAST'S newest hotel, which pays homage to 1960s movie icon Steve McQueen, is on schedule to open in October.
The £4 million Bullitt Belfast, which will provide 100 jobs when opened, is the brainchild of the Beannchor Group, the company behind the Merchant Hotel, The National and more than 40 pubs across the north.
And although still in its bare-bones stage of construction, the building - which wraps around Victoria and Ann Street in the vacant Lagan House - will open in just eight weeks' time.
Media have been taken on a guided hard-hat tour of the facility, and amid the electrical cables and cement dust of the hallways, two of the 43 rooms at the Bullitt - named after McQueen's 1968 Oscar-winning thriller of the same name - were ready to view.
With dark brooding colours and thoroughly post-modern décor, the style is nothing if not fashionable.
Taking the lead from its inspiration, the rooms in the Bullitt are accompanied with exclusive artwork featuring McQueen.
The hotel’s features certainly appear to be offering a twist on the usual - no mini-bars, trouser-presses or bellboys – just a compact and to-the-point style.
The ground floor will feature a locally sourced 68-seater restaurant named Taylor and Clay, an expresso bar, a shop and the north’s first ski-themed and appropriately named Baltic Bar.
Managing director of the Beannchor Group, Conall Wolsey, said he wanted to offer something a little different with the new hotel.
“Our vision of Bullitt is to create a new and exciting hospitality concept,” he said.
“The hotel will offer so much more than just a bed for the night, it will also be a place where people can work, relax and socialise.
“It will be a space for meetings, coffee and lunch during the day and a place to meet and mingle over cocktails and food at night.”
Hospitality Ulster chief executive Colin Neil welcomed the hotel’s contribution to the local hotel and hospitality sectors.
“This investment by the Beannchor Group shows the confidence they have in Belfast,” he said.
“By bringing this exciting new concept to Northern Ireland, it is a welcome addition to our hotel offer that both visitors and tourists will flock to time and again. We wish the team every success.”
Once opened and functional, the Beannchor Group is planning on expanding the hotel to a total of 82 rooms and eight apartments, hoping to become a successful addition to the firms extensive portfolio.