New 188-room AC Hotel Belfast opens its doors

The new 188-bedroom AC Hotel Belfast by Marriott has now opened , creating 80 jobs.
Gareth McKeown

BELFAST's latest hotel has now opened its doors. The new 188-bedroom AC Hotel Belfast by Marriott opened this week, creating 80 jobs.

Situated on the waterfront in the heart of Belfast Harbour's landmark City Quays development it is the latest hotel to open in Belfast, following the the 237-room Maldron Hotel Belfast City. The four-star, 11-storey hotel on Brunswick Street opened last month following a £24m investment.

Owned and developed by Belfast Harbour, the £25million AC Hotel Belfast is notably the first built-to-specification AC Hotel in the UK. Among the custom-designed features set to make it one of the brand's most prestigious hotels is its almost entirely glazed façade which affords 360-degree views of Belfast Lough and the wider cityscape.

It is also the first AC Hotel to feature a signature restaurant, with the multi-Michelin-starred celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, choosing AC Hotel Belfast for his Ireland debut – Novelli at City Quays.

Lisa Steele, AC Hotel Belfast general manager, said: “The doors are open, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome our Belfast guests in the inimitable AC Hotels' way. Our mission is to provide guests with an elevated stay, keeping things simple and stylish, paying mindful attention to the detail of what they actually want, and delivering thoughtfully designed moments of elegance throughout their stay. It's a winning proposition, tried and tested in over 100 AC Hotels across the world, and – combined with our stunning new property, prime location, and bespoke local extras such as our Novelli at City Quays restaurant – will add a distinct and valuable new dimension to Northern Ireland's fantastic tourism and hospitality offering.”

With 188 guest bedrooms, AC Hotel Belfast is among the city's largest hotels and will offer a complement of signature AC Hotels' guest services, including fitness room, library and meeting facilities. In addition to the 112-seater ‘Novelli at City Quays' restaurant, the iconic AC Lounge, a creative hotspot by day and social hub by night, will serve tapas-inspired small bites and the AC signature Gin & Tonic.

AC Hotel Belfast guests will also have access to the world-famous Marriott Rewards loyalty scheme which provides valuable incentives including points or airline miles for every pound spent at participating properties and the option to use these for a free hotel stay.

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