New £4m 58-bed hotel in Belfast gets set for the go ahead


A plan to build a new 58-bedroom hotel in Belfast looks set to get the green light tonight.

The owners of The Merchant Hotel in Belfast have laid out plans to create a new ‘Bullitt’ hotel –inspired by the Steve McQueen classic of the same name – in the city centre at a cost of £4m.

The proposal has now been put forward for approval to Belfast City Council who are meeting tonight for their planning committee meeting.

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If officially given the go ahead, the new hotel will be based at the old Lagan House building and scheduled to open next spring.

The team behind the four-storey hotel say it will "epitomise urban chic with stylish, contemporary surroundings, alongside affordable room rates".

The new creation will include a public work space, complete with WiFi and mobile phone charging points, in a bid to attract a wide variety of people including both residents and non-residents.

In addition, there will be a ground floor restaurant with a courtyard garden.

Speaking to Belfast Telegraph, James Sinton, director of Beannchor Group, said he was "optimistic about the outcome of the planning application".

"The project is simply a change of use for an existing vacant building and the hotel’s location – on the doorstep of Belfast’s main shopping district – will bring something new to the area’s hospitality offering.

"In addition to the positive socio-economic impact of the business, it will assist in fulfilling the demand for additional hotel bedrooms in the city centre, which is expected to increase in 2016 alongside the Belfast Waterfront upgrade, particularly in terms of business tourism and conference delegates."