The five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, has announced today that work has begun on a second £2million investment to upgrade rooms and increase capacity at its premises on Great Victoria Street - bringing the total invested in the premises since 2016 to £4million.
This phase of refurbishment follows an initial £2million refit which was completed in November 2016 and saw the lobby, 113 bedrooms and facilities updated with new sumptuous, art deco inspired colour palettes and furnishings.
The latest phase will see the existing bedrooms and meeting spaces on the 8th and 9th floors transformed into city view rooms and an additional luxury penthouse, with panoramic views over Belfast. This will bring the total number of bedrooms to 150, a 15% increase, to meet the continuing rise in visitors seeking luxury accommodation in the city.
The new luxury penthouse on the 9th floor, named ‘The Residence’ will be a stand-out space for visiting VIPs and for the first time, the hotel will now be offering family-friendly rooms giving guests more variety. The additional capacity created by the new rooms will also cater for the hotel’s corporate and out-of-state guests who want that element of luxury when on business and they can now take advantage of high-end incentives and group business.
The increased capacity will also create 17 new hospitality jobs in front of house, the bar and restaurant and accommodation, meaning that the hotel now employees over 100 staff.
Speaking about the investment, The Fitzwilliam Hotel’s General Manager, Cian Landers said; “Northern Ireland’s hotel industry is experiencing strong growth and with the increased demand we are delighted to be able to contribute to the stock of premium hotel rooms in the city. On the completion of this phase, the Fitzwilliam will have invested a total of £4million in the last two years and we plan to make more investment and extension announcements in the near future.”
David Harte, Project Manager with Principle Contractor, Edgewater Contracts, said, “This is planned to be a 26-week project which will take us up to the end of July so our challenge is to work seamlessly behind the scenes without creating any impact on the guests so that the Fitzwilliam maintains its five-star service throughout.”