Andras Hotels completes £5m extension at Holiday Inn Express

Andras Hotels director Rajesh Rana (right) with Danske Bank's Lewis McCallan

BELFAST'S largest hotel group Andras Hotels has completed a £5 million extension to the Holiday Inn Express in the Queen's Quarter which has added 60 new bedrooms and revamped much of the public space.

Owned and operated by Andras since 1996, it has been reworked under the Holiday Inn Express ‘New Generation' design concept, and the new bedroom wing extends over three floors and includes two underground car parking decks and parking at surface level.

Each new bedroom has stylish fresh modern decor featuring larger beds with premium bedding, increased connectivity and Smart TV, air-conditioning and elegant bathrooms.

The lobby and dining areas have also had the New Generation makeover, providing integrated design and flexible dining.

Work, which had been ongoing since April last year, has been completed by MSM Contracts, which is also refurbishing and extending the Crowne Plaza in Belfast for Andras Hotels (it will complete by the end of this month). Both projects are being funded by Danske Bank.

Holiday Inn Express is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the worlds' most recognisable budget hotel brands with 2,618 properties and 265,000 bedrooms worldwide.

Andras Hotels director Rajesh Rana said: “The past number of years have seen us invest more than £25 million into our properties and the economy of Belfast.

“The extension at Holiday Inn Express, our longest running hotel, will help meet the growing demand for mid-range hotel accommodation in the city, serviced by a corporate and leisure market who want a simple, engaging place to rest, recharge and work.”

Lewis McCallan, head of relationship management (corporate) at Danske Bank, said: “We're delighted to support the continued growth and success of Andras Hotels, and the extensions to Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza will further enhance the already buoyant tourism and hospitality sector locally.

“With Belfast recently being highlighted as the top city to visit in the respected Lonely Planet Guide for 2018, Andras Hotels are poised to go from strength to strength.”

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