The first images of the Grand Central Hotel Belfast have been unveiled ahead of the opening of Belfast’s largest hotel later this year.
The new luxury hotel has been inspired by the Grand Hotel that stood on Belfast’s Royal Avenue, once Ireland’s most glamourous destination and home to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were in town. The Grand Central was a focal point on the city’s social map until its closure in 1971, as growing civil unrest took over the inner-city area of Belfast. The hotel was later demolished in the 1980s after it fell into disrepair.
The hotel’s namesake was home to The Beatles in the 1960s
The newly rebuilt hotel will channel the original Grand Central’s timeless opulence, and sense of style. Statement chandeliers, marble floor and brass detailing nod to the past, while flora and fauna, and lots of open spaces have modernised the design to make the hotel feel lighter and airier.
Flora and fauna, and lots of open spaces, have modernised the design
The 23-storey 300 bedroom property will also feature a number of restaurants and bar options, and the hotel as a whole is expected to produce 150 jobs in Belfast.
Julie Hastings, marketing director of the Hastings Hotels group, said: “We are delighted to report that the building of the Grand Central Hotel is running to schedule and with only four months to go until it opens its doors, we are pleased to share internal impressions of the stunning hotel to give people an idea of what they can look forward to. Inspired by the original Grand Central Hotel on Royal Avenue, the new hotel will blend timeless design, classic service and true style fused with glamour and grandeur – simply beautiful, beautifully simple.
“We are also proud to announce that the restaurant and bar on the first floor is a further nod to Belfast’s maritime history and will be named the Seahorse Bar & Bistro and on the ground floor with entrance off Bedford Street there will be The GC, Grand Café which will be open from 6am until late at night”.
“The hotel will also boast two smaller conference suites, three meeting rooms, the Panorama Lounge for private receptions of up to 100 guests, a range of superbly appointed offices and retail units making it the ideal location for both leisure and business guests.”
Grand Central Hotel Belfast is due to open in June 2018