ONE of Co Down’s most popular retreats has been awarded four-star status under a new hotel quality grading scheme.
The Burrendale Hotel and Country Club in Newcastle – which has undergone a £4 million refurbishment — has been praised by Tourism Minister Arlene Foster for attaining the NI Tourist Board standard.
Speaking at a reception to recognise the achievement, the minister said Northern Ireland’s “reputation for first-class hospitality” continues to be enhanced by such investments.
“Northern Ireland’s reputation for first-class hospitality continues to be enhanced by investments such as this and I want to applaud the tremendous work on the extensive refurbishment of these superb facilities,” Mrs Foster said.
“As well as boasting 68 ensuite bedrooms, the Burrendale Hotel can now offer guests everything from fine dining, excellent country club facilities, spa treatments and a hair salon, all within one complex.
“Situated at the foot of the stunning Mourne Mountains, with a world-renowned golf course and tourist attractions nearby, the Burrendale Hotel is well placed to capitalise on the demand for quality, four-star accommodation.”
Commenting on the tourism potential in Northern Ireland, the minister added: “This year we have been striving to strengthen Northern Ireland’s appeal as a tourism destination through the ni2012 campaign.
“Local tourism-related businesses have the opportunity to step up to the mark and develop world-class facilities that will deliver a top quality visitor experience which will keep people coming back.
“Tourists drawn to Northern Ireland by international publicity are being encouraged to explore and enjoy the very many attractions that places such as Newcastle and the Mournes have to offer.”