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Ireland's first Hampton by Hilton hotel opens its doors in Belfast city centre

Rajesh Rana, director of Andras Hotels, with Lewis McCallan, head of corporate relationship at Danske Bank

THE 178-bedroom Hampton by Hilton has become Belfast city centre's latest newest hotel.

Located just off Great Victoria Street, the nine-storey property - the first Hampton by Hilton to open in Ireland - is owned and operated by Andras Hotels.

Its launch comes a week after the Grand Central Hotel (304 rooms) welcomed its first guests and the 188-room AC Hotel at Belfast's City Quays had its formal opening.

The Maldron and Flint Hotels have separately also thrown open their doors in recent weeks as the sector enjoys a summer renaissance.

Work on the £12 million Hampton by Hilton started in September 2016. Supported by Danske Bank, the hotel was designed by Todd Architects and built by MSM contracts.

Andras Hotels director Rajesh Rana said: “We're excited at bringing Hampton by Hilton to Ireland. It sees Belfast as a key market and they are delighted to be placing their flag on our great city.”

He added: “The hotel will serve the strong and growing mid-market range for both the business and leisure traveller and will give another significant boost to the tourism offer. Visit Belfast and Tourism NI have been hugely supportive as they recognise the importance of well known and loved brands opening in the city."

“I'm proud to be investing £25 million across three hotel projects in Belfast, bringing a total of 270 additional bedrooms to the city.”

Lewis McCallan, head of corporate relationship at Danske, said: “I congratulate Andras Hotels what is yet another milestone for the group and for the city, as it brings new and exciting brand to Belfast's hospitality market at a time when the sector is at its most vibrant.”

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