£5m easyHotel Belfast opens after receiving 'guest house' certification
THE new £5 million easyHotel Belfast has opened in Belfast after receiving Tourism NI certification for operation.
The 81-bed super budget hotel - the first in Ireland, had been in doubt, with the local tourism body failing to sign off on the Howard Street venue over issues in relation to room size, but on Friday it officially opened to the public ahead of schedule.
The new hotel, which offers rooms for as little as £10 per night, has been officially certified as guest house accommodation, which gets around the current Northern Ireland legislation in relation to the minimum size for hotel bedrooms.
Local owners David Crowe and Kevin Baird said their first venture into the hospitality market has already exceeded expectations, with strong momentum in early bookings set to pave the way for a successful first quarter.
“We're off to a fantastic start. With strong early momentum in bookings, it will be exciting to see how we will progress from here. Hopefully this is only the beginning for the easyHotel brand in Ireland," Mr Baird said.
"With so much new accommodation on the market in the last number of months, easyHotel guest accommodation offers a modern, stylish and highly affordable alternative."
Located in the heart of Belfast city centre, the four-floor easyHotel has opened alongside Coffee 24 Howard Street, a new coffee shop attached to the entrance. The new hotel adds to the growing hotel stock in the city.