Over 1,200 Hotel Bedrooms Planned for Belfast by 2019

07 December 2017

Hoteliers and developers are actively working on 1,247 new hotel bedrooms for imminent delivery in Belfast, according to a new study by Savills Ireland.

9 hotels have received a grant of planning permission – 4 of which are at an advanced stage of construction – with one extension awaiting approval. Assuming all planned hotels are developed, it would represent a 36% increase on the current hotel bedroom stock of 3,400 by 2019. Belfast now has the largest hotel development pipeline in the UK as a percentage of existing stock.

This is in addition to the new Titanic Hotel and Ten Square extension, which both opened in 2017 with a total of 185 bedrooms. However according to Savills, 2018 will be a year of very significant additional hotel supply in Belfast.

1,060 bedrooms (+30%) are expected to open in 2018, with 61% of these rooms in new hotels and 39% in extensions or conversions. The four largest developments are well progressed:

 

Hotel

No. of Bedrooms

Star Rating

Grand Central Hotel

304

4

Maldron Hotel

230

4

AC Marriot

188

4

Hampton by Hilton

178

3

 

2019 will see the delivery of a more modest 269 bedroom (+5%). These include:

 

Hotel

No. of Bedrooms

Star Rating

Easyhotel

81

3

Jurys Inn

80

3

George Best Hotel

78

3

Bullitt Hotel

30

4

 

Savills also note that by 2020, 3 operators – Hastings, Dalata andAndras House Ltd. – will control close to 50% of the total bedroom stock in the city.

Aaron Spring, Associate Director of Hotels & Leisure at Savills Ireland comments;

“It’s growing appeal as a business and leisure destination has resulted in Belfast achieving the second highest hotel occupancy in the UK, just behind Edinburgh. With strong experienced hotel operators, who have large existing footprints in Belfast undertaking the projects nearing completion, it is a great vote of confidence in the city.”

Mr Spring also added;

“I also expect to see more regional hotel projects commencing in high demand areas such as the north Antrim coast next year, due to the growing popularity of these areas and lack of new bedroom stock in recent years.”

 

Hotel

New or Extension

Planning Status

New Rooms Planned

Star

Grand Central Hotel Belfast

Conversion

Granted

304

4 star

Maldron Hotel Belfast City Centre

New

Granted

230

4 star

AC Hotel by the Marriot

New

Granted

188

4 star

Hampton by Hilton Belfast

New

Granted

178

3 star

easyHotel Belfast

New

Granted

81

Budget

Jurys Inn Belfast

Extension

Granted

80

3 star

George Best Hotel

Conversion

Granted

78

4 star

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City

Extension

Granted

60

Budget

Bullitt Hotel

Extension

Awaiting

30

4 star

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast (ext 1)

Extension

Granted

18

5 star

Total

 

 

1247

 

 
 

General Enquiries

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Key Contacts

Aaron Spring

Aaron Spring

Senior Surveyor
Hotels and Leisure

Savills Dublin Commercial

+353 (0) 1 618 1446

 

Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Head of Marketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications

Savills Dublin Commercial

+353 (0) 1 618 1479