The capital of Northern Ireland is set to welcome a new link to its famous ship with the opening of a new hotel.
The city’s newest luxury hotel Titanic Hotel Belfast opens its doors this weekend following a £28m restoration of the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices and headquarters.
The 119-room hotel, which will employ 90 members of staff, has been transformed with the help of a £5m Heritage Lottery Fund grant secured by the Titanic Foundation.
During the restoration the telephone exchange, which received the first communication of Titanic hitting the iceberg, has been retained.
Director of hotel operator Harcourt Developments, John Doherty, told local press: “To be finally ready to open this historical and authentic hotel is another mark in the history of Queen’s Island. Titanic Hotel Belfast is a hub of heritage and legacy, and we’re delighted to open the doors to the public and our first guests on Sunday.
“To celebrate, the Queen’s Island Male Voice Choir will be performing in the drawing offices after we create a bit of theatre and fanfare when officially declaring the hotel open at noon.”