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Newly re-developed Belfast hotel creates 50 jobs

Pictured at House Belfast, Botanic Avenue are House Belfast directors Michael Stewart and Alan Clancy.

A NEW £2 million hotel, bar and restaurant has opened in Belfast creating up to 50 jobs.

The former Madisons Hotel site on Botanic Avenue has been transformed into House Belfast, following major investment from Dublin-based development firm NolaClan.

The company, owned by businessman Alan Clancy operates a range of high profile bars, restaurants and hotels across Ireland, with House Belfast the first development in the north. House Belfast is the third in the House brand portfolio , following Dublin and Limerick and features 31 bedrooms, as well as a whiskey room and restaurant. A basement bar and club will also be added to the development later in the year providing an additional 10 full and part time jobs.

Mr Clancy said House Belfast will be a "fantastic addition" to the city.

"This is our first development in Northern Ireland and we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from many people. House Belfast will be a fantastic addition to the vibrant Botanic Avenue area as well as Belfast City Centre. Our unique décor and interiors with an emphasis on luxury, elegance and a relaxed at home feel, will make House Belfast a great destination to eat, sleep and drink.”

Director of House Belfast, Michael Stewart, who has 31 years of experience within the Northern Ireland hospitality sector, added:

“Over the years our location has been the site for a number of well-known and well-respected hotels. Situated on the vibrant well connected hub of Botanic Avenue, and a only a short distance away from areas of culture and heritage interest, we hope that House Belfast will help to attract visitors from home and abroad to this unique part of the City. With Belfast's reputation as a must visit destination and with the City's tourism industry set to continue to rise in 2018, House Belfast will no doubt be a great addition to Northern Ireland and Belfast's tourism and hospitality portfolio.”

The redeveloped House Belfast hotel is among several hotels set to open in the city in the next two years, with around 3,000 bedrooms being added to the city's stock.

The 304-room Grand Central Hotel, the AC Hotel by Marriott and the George Best boutique hotel are all due to open this year as the city looks to capitalise on strong tourism figures last year.

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