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Warren Collection ramps up expansion plans after latest venture opens in Belfast

'Quarter' is the Warren Collection's third accommodation venture in Belfast. A third is due to open this summer.
'Quarter' is the Warren Collection's third accommodation venture in Belfast. A third is due to open this summer. 'Quarter' is the Warren Collection's third accommodation venture in Belfast. A third is due to open this summer.

A NEW guest accommodation venture has opened in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter aimed at the affordable tourism market.

Hospitality start-up the Warren Collection has revamped the 45-bed Mark Royal House into ‘Quarter’, marketing it for lower cost city centre breaks.

Located next to St Anne’s Cathedral on Donegall Street, the conversion of the former student accommodation marks the Warren Collection’s second project in Belfast.

Company directors, David Warren and Mark Docherty opened ‘Number 11’ on the Malone Road last year, transforming the Victorian era townhouse into 12-bed boutique accommodation.

The businessmen said they are already closing on a third acquisition in Belfast, which will remodel and rebrand a hotel in the city by June 2022, adding another 20 bedrooms.

The pair are also looking at sites in Manchester, Edinburgh and Portugal with plans to open 250 rooms by the end of 2023.

David Warren said ‘Quarter’ combines “smart design with new technology to create an environment that is high-end as well as being great value for money,”.

The revamped rooms inside 'Quarter' by Warren Collection.
The revamped rooms inside 'Quarter' by Warren Collection. The revamped rooms inside 'Quarter' by Warren Collection.

He added: “Guest accommodation rates do not need to be excessive to ensure visitors are provided with the very best user experience.”

Mark Docherty said Belfast is a prime location for the firm.

“Our latest venture will appeal to both leisure and corporate guests. Its location is known for its lively bar, restaurant and café scene, close proximity to major tourist attractions and great travel and transport connections.”