Hastings Hotels invests £53m in 7th site & £10m in revamping estate

Northern Ireland-based luxury hotel operator, Hastings Hotels has invested £53m in its seventh hotel (pictured), and also completed a £10m renovation programme of its other six hotels.

Founded by Sir William Hastings over 50 years ago, Hastings Hotels is Northern Ireland’s premier hotel group of four and five star venues.

Managing director Howard Hastings stated, 'We are currently making our biggest single investment to date in the Grand Central Hotel of £53 million and, upon completion, it will be Northern Ireland’s largest hotel with 304 bedrooms, meeting spaces, bars and restaurants.

'In addition we invested over £10 million in the last three years in the continuous investment programmes of our six hotels to ensure we offer our guests the very best facilities and experience on every visit.'

Hastings continued, 'We have recently completed a £4.8 million renovation of the Culloden Estate & Spa, a new £1.5 million grand ballroom at the Everglades Hotel in Derry, which is now the largest facility of its kind in the north-west, as well as pumping £2 million into the Europa and £1 million into the Stormont Hotel, affording it a new look high-tech conference and event facility.'

The firm's continued investment was recently recognised at the 2017 Irish Hotel Awards, where The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa was named both 'Irish Hotel of the year' and 'Conference & Business Hotel of the Year', while the Culloden Estate & Spa was named 'Luxury Hotel of the Year' and Natalie Gourley of the Stormont Hotel won the award for 'Conference Manager of the Year'.