Hastings Hotels, the Northern Irish hotel chain, has unveiled its plans for the latest addition to its portfolio, which will see the group investing £30m to transform 200-bedroom Windsor House.
The group, which currently consists of six four- and five-star properties, purchased one of the tallest buildings in Ireland last month, representing Hastings Hotels’ biggest single investment to date.
The 200-bedroom hotel will be completed in 2018 and positioned at the upper end of the four-star market, with a restaurant, bar 18 serviced apartments and office accommodation.
The new development is expected to create more than 150 jobs for the area and will be named Belfast Grand Central Hotel when it opens in three years’ time.
Sir William Hastings, chairman of Hastings Hotels said: “This project is a huge undertaking for Hastings Hotels and it is has only been made possible by the strength of our existing hotels portfolio and the quality of our staff and management. It will bring the number of bedrooms in our group to over 1,000 making us the largest privately owned hotel chain on the island of Ireland.
Belfast Lord Mayor Cllr Arder Carson said: “This is great news for the city. One of our major objectives is to double the current tourism revenue by 2020 and developments such as this one by the Hastings Hotels Group are a huge step forward towards achieving that goal.”