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Belfast's new Grand Central Hotel opens its doors

The Directors of Hastings Hotels Howard Hastings, Allyson McKimm, Edward Carson, Julie Hastings and Aileen Martin pictured outside of the Grand Central Hotel.
Kelly McAllister

The north’s largest and most expensively constructed hotel has opened its doors in Belfast city centre.

The new 300-room Grand Central Hotel is situated on the site of former office space Windsor house.

The Hastings Hotels group has invested £53 million into the new hotel which has been constructed on time by local builders Graham’s of Dromore, with design being led by Belfast architects RPP.

The hotel boasts a range of dining options such as their Grand Café on the ground floor, a cocktail lounge named The Observatory on the 23rd floor and the Seahorse Bar and Restaurant which overlooks Bedford Street.

The hotel has been meticulously designed with marble flooring, remarkable interior lighting and “double height” space on its ground and first floor levels.

The buildings seahorse logos are visible across the city and are a nod to the “old” Grand Central Hotel in Royal Avenue.

The hotel’s Sir William suite pays homage to the late Sir William Hastings, founder of Hastings Hotels, with rates at around £2000.

Neil Devlin, general manager of Hastings Everglades hotel described the suite as an ‘unbelievable and fitting tribute’.

Another suite honours the linen barons who first occupied the linen quarter where the hotel is situated.

Stephen Meldrum, general manager of the Grand Central Hotel said:

“We are delighted to open the doors of the Grand Central Hotel and see the vision of our late chairman, Sir William Hastings, be fully recognised. The Grand Central Hotel is a really unique proposition for Belfast.

“No detail has been overlooked and we are excited to bring a new era to the city. The teams have been working hard over recent weeks to get the hotel open on time and we are looking forward to welcoming our first guests form the prestigious Hosts Global Forum who are staying with us this week.”

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