Belfast’s biggest hotel Group, Andras Hotels, has announced commencement of a £5million extension to the Holiday Inn Express®.
The Queen’s Quarter, Belfast-based property, which has been owned and operated by Andras Hotels since 1996, will benefit from 60 new bedrooms befitting of the new ‘4th generation’ Holiday Inn Express® bedroom standards.
The contractor appointed is MSM Contracts who are also building the Hampton by Hilton property in Belfast city centre for Andras Hotels. Both projects are being funded by Danske Bank.
Holiday Inn Express, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is one of the worlds’ most recognisable budget hotel brands, with 2,507 properties featuring 249,142 rooms worldwide.
Director of Andras Hotels, Rajesh Rana, said the local company has “fostered an excellent partner relationship” with IHG, which dates back to 1991, and now sees Andras operating three IHG branded hotels in Belfast - Holiday Inn®, Belfast City Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel at Shaw’s Bridge and Holiday Inn Express®.
The project, due for completion in April 2018, will see 60 additional bedrooms over three floors with 60 car parking spaces, provided over two underground car parking decks and at surface level. Each new bedroom will have air-conditioning, fresh modern decor, USB charging points, and stylish bathrooms. The hotel lobby and restaurant will be remodelled, complete with an all-day café concept. The breakfast offering will also be upgraded to offer the Holiday Inn Express® new standard including Grab and Go items as well as a full Irish breakfast – all of which are free for every guest. The hotel's five meeting rooms will be refurbished with new decor and new audio visual equipment.
Rajesh Rana, continued: “We are in an exciting time for Andras Hotels. Work is progressing at Hampton by Hilton and we are now about to commence work with one of our longest-running properties, Holiday Inn Express®.
“Holiday Inn Express® brand is IHG’s fastest growing hotel brand and is hugely popular with business travellers who need a simple, engaging place to rest, recharge and work.
“I would like to congratulate MSM Contracts for their appointment. Throughout our time working with them they have shown professionalism and exceptional delivery to-date and we look forward to opening the completed projects.
Rajesh concluded: “I would also like to thank Danske Bank for their continued confidence and investement with our brand.”
Robert Mackey, managing director of MSM Contracts, one of Northern Ireland’s leading construction companies said: “MSM are proud to have been chosen by Rajesh and his team as the main contractor on Holiday Inn Express® in addition to the 178-bed Hampton by Hilton hotel in Belfast.
“Having constructed two major Belfast hotel projects under the Ibis brand for Andras Hotels in recent years, we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to further expand our company’s portfolio in the hotel sector.
“We look forward to delivering both projects during Spring 2018 and we wish Rajesh every success in the future at this exciting time for the local hotel industry.”
Lewis McCallan, Senior Corporate Manager, Danske Bank said: “Tourism and Leisure is a key growth sector in Northern Ireland.
“Danske Bank is committed to the sector, which now sees visitors spending over four million nights in our city each year and bringing an anticipated £100m plus of positive economic impact over the next five years.
“At Danske, we are proud to have supported Andras Hotels and the ambition of the Rana family for over 30 years. In that time they have proven themselves to be an exceptional organisation providing a first-class hospitality offering and securing hundreds of jobs.
Lewis concluded: “Andras House continues to play a key role in the growth of this sector and Danske Bank would like to wish them every success with this extension to Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton by Hilton development. Both will be fantastic additions to the tourism market of Belfast and Northern Ireland.”