‘Impressive’ Derry boutique gears up for launch


A new boutique hotel in Derry is preparing to open its doors, bringing with it a much-needed boost to the tourism sector in the city.

Named ‘Bishop’s Gate’ due to its location, the new 31-bedroom boutique hotel has been created by the Inner City Buildings Preservation Trust, and is now considered to be the flagship feature for the area.

Constructed on the site of the former Northern Counties Building, the ‘impressive’ hotel is almost ready to fling open its doors and will do so once recruitment of 14 key managerial positions have been completed.

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Speaking to the Derry Journal, the Inner City Trust’s CEO, Mrs. Helen Quigley said: “The Bishop’s Gate Boutique Hotel will complement the work already completed by the Inner City Trust in that area.”

Ciaran O’Neill will take over the hotel operator role at the establishment, moving from his position as regional vice president of operations for Interstate Hotels, where he was responsible for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Speaking to the Derry Journal, he said: “The Bishop’s Gate Hotel project provides a unique opportunity to create a boutique hotel where the customer experience is a focal point at every step of the journey.”