The vibrant city of Belfast will soon be witnessing an impressive hotel transformation under Belfast’s biggest hotel group, Andras Hotels.
Days Hotel, Belfast is set to be completely refurbished into a Holiday Inn, with a value of £2.5 million. The hotel will be owned and operated by Andras Hotels, who also own Holiday Inn Express, Belfast City.
The parent company of the Holiday Inn brand, InterContinental Hotels Group, have awarded the Holiday Inn franchise to Andras Hotels. IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies with over 4,900 hotels worldwide – in almost 100 countries – with more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline. Holiday Inn is the most recognised hotel brand in the world with almost 2000 hotels open globally, and 267 set to open in the next three to five years.
Rajesh Rana, Director of Andras Hotels, commented:
“The franchise agreement with IHG to open Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is a real vote of confidence in Andras Hotels. We opened one of the first franchised Holiday Inn Express hotels in Europe in 1996 and have a long-standing relationship with IHG.
“We are investing heavily in this city centre property to bring it up to the high standards our guests expect from a Holiday Inn hotel, and the £2.5 million investment will see the property utterly transformed.”
“At 250 bedrooms, the quality and size of this Holiday Inn hotel along with its international recognition will be a great benefit to Visit Belfast when selling Belfast as a conference venue.”
Anna Corkill, Development Director for the UK and Ireland at IHG said:
“Belfast is a fantastic city and we are delighted to be developing this property with Andras Hotels who are a long-standing partner of ours. Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre will be a great addition to our portfolio and we look forward to its opening.”
Supported by HSBC, the project will see the entire hotel refitted and furnished in a contemporary, up-market style, befitting with the Holiday Inn brand. The hotel will feature a combination of stylish fabrics, creative lighting and textures and a rich colour palette, to give an overall luxurious, exclusive feel. International designer Janine Powell from Hampton Design has been responsible for the design and interior aspects of the project.
Premier Hospitality spoke to Janine Powell, to ask her a few questions regarding work on the project. When asked if there were any challenges that arose with the Holiday Inn project, she replied:
“We were very excited to be given the opportunity to assist on the transformation of the Days Hotel to a Holiday Inn. We are delighted with the result. It was wonderful to work in Belfast with all of its history as inspiration; we hope to work in the city again.”
Phase one of the project, due for completion in mid-August, will see all 250 bedrooms refurbished, to include new carpets, curtains and state-of-the-art televisions. The bedrooms will also feature pocket-sprung beds, trendy furniture and extra security through the use of provided safes. Public areas will boast a remodelled lobby offering a library area, feature fireplace, a new bar and reception.
An exciting new restaurant concept, The Oakwood Grill, will offer a New England-style cuisine and 24-hour room service will be available at the Holiday Inn. The hotel will also benefit from a new dry gym, and an updated meetings and conference room, with a 60 person capacity and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire property.
Phase two of the project is due for completion in early 2016 and will see all guest bathrooms completely refurbished to a very high standard, in addition to the integration of air-conditioning to each room.
The Final Curtain
The Final Curtain specialise in the manufacture and installation of bespoke soft furnishings for the hospitality sector. The company provides an array of services, from measuring through to on-site installation, and provides clients with an extensive range of products, including blinds, poles, wall coverings, fabrics, tracks and accessories.
The Final Curtain has been in operation since 1999 and within this time has been involved with an array of high profile projects, including Hillsborough Castle, Harrods, Caledon Castle, Belfast International Airport and the Vice Chancellor’s Lodge at Queens University in Belfast. The company also works with many private European clients, as well as a number of interior designers who are based in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK mainland.
Most recently The Final Curtain has been involved in the Holiday Inn project in Belfast. Working on this project, The Final Curtain was responsible for the manufacture and installation of bedroom tracks, bedroom curtains, sheer voiles and throws, Roman blinds and roller blinds, for use in the hotel’s reception, restaurant, meeting room and bedrooms.
Jo-Anne Rodgers of The Final Curtain, said:
“We were privileged to have been involved with the Holiday Inn, Belfast. Rajesh has been very loyal to us as a customer and we wish him all the best with this hotel.”
“We are a small company, but quality and customer service, both during the project and after the project, are essential to us. Customer satisfaction is what has helped us to build a great reputation and we pride ourselves on our attention to detail, together with our high quality work and our value for money service.”