Fitzwilliam Hotel awarded five-star rating
Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, has today been awarded a five-star rating under the Tourism NI accommodation grading scheme.
The accreditation for the hotel on Great Victoria Street is bestowed at an exciting time following its recent investment and completion of £2million refurbishments and approval on planning permission for a £6million extension to meet the continuing rise in visitors seeking luxury accommodation in the city.
Speaking about the five-star announcement, The Fitzwilliam Hotel’s General Manager, Cian Landers said; “We are thrilled to announce our five-star rating, it is down to the hard work and dedication from each and every member of staff that we have secured such an accolade. Since opening in 2009 the Fitzwilliam Hotel has quickly established itself as the premier hotel in the city which has been in part due to our exceptional location, the quality of our product and the levels of professional service from our team.
“With a continued increase in demand spurred by the growing number of visitors to Belfast, there is a need to increase the stock of premium hotel rooms that are relevant for the international traveler and local visitors alike. That is why we have undertaken refurbishments and will be progressing with plans to extend the hotel.”
Congratulating the Fitzwilliam staff on receiving five stars, John McGrillen Tourism NI Chief Executive said; “Tourism NI’s accommodation grading scheme rigorously assesses tourist accommodation over a range of quality measures and I am delighted that the newly refurbished Fitzwilliam Hotel has met the highest standards and achieved five-star status.
“Last year Belfast welcomed 1,361,193 visitors resulting in 4,237,733 bed nights and the news that the Fitzwilliam Hotel been granted planning permission for 30 new bedrooms, gym and spa facilities and a roof garden is most welcome and presents an enhanced tourism offering for domestic and international visitors.”
The refurbishments, carried out by award winning design firm Project Orange, have transformed the lobby and current bedrooms and facilities with new sumptuous, art deco inspired colour palettes and furnishings.
The extension, which will begin in 2017 includes plans for 30 additional bedrooms, a gym and luxury spa for guests, an extravagant roof-top terrace offering views over the city as well as an upgrade of the main entrance and relocated conference and admin facilities.