Four stars for Belfast city centre Holiday Inn

Andras Hotel's Holiday Inn has been awarded a prestigious four-star status by Tourism NI , following a a major investment by Andras Hotels of £2.5million.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 18th April 2016, 8:20 pm
Updated Monday, 18th April 2016, 9:25 pm
Andras director Rajesh Rana is pictured with Chris McQuay, HSBC, John McGrillen, Tourism NI and Janette Harbson from Holiday Inn.
Andras director Rajesh Rana is pictured with Chris McQuay, HSBC, John McGrillen, Tourism NI and Janette Harbson from Holiday Inn.

The completely refurbished, 250 room hotel located off Great Victoria Street, is owned and operated by Andras Hotels, which also owns Holiday Inn Express in the Botanic area.

The project has seen all 250 rooms and public areas refitted and furnished in a contemporary, up-market style, befitting with the Holiday Inn brand.

The hotel also benefits from a new gym, and an updated meetings and conference room, with a 60 person capacity and free WiFi throughout the entire property. Stage two of the upgrade has also commenced which will see all of the bathrooms in the property upgraded to the same standard.

“I would like to congratulate Rajesh Rana and his team for both achieving the four-star status and creating such and fantastic hotel in our capital city which enhances the accommodation and hospitality offering for visitors to Belfast,” said Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen.

“The Holiday Inn brand is world-renowned, however, Andras Hotels have managed to put their own individual stamp on it with their creative use of space, use of local designers, suppliers and fantastic facilities.

“Consumers very much value these star ratings and for providers it makes sound business sense for accommodation providers to become quality assured. I wish Andras Hotels every success in this and all future projects.”

Andras Hotels have a track record of investing in the local hotel market over the past 20 years.

The group now has further plans to expand the portfolio, with planning permission lodged for a new 179 bedroom hotel in Belfast city centre.

Andras Hotels has a £20m investment programme for further growth, which will continue to supply much-needed bedrooms for the local tourism market.

“We are delighted to have received this highly prestigious status in our Holiday Inn, city centre property,” said Andras director Rajesh Rana.

“The culmination of a £2.5 million investment, with the support of HSBC, IHG and Tourism Northern Ireland has seen this property quickly establish itself and thrive on the strong corporate and leisure market – we look forward to our new four-star status strengthening that.”

“Chris McQuay of HSBC commented: “‘HSBC are delighted to partner and support Andras House Limited in their latest growth phase, acknowledging that the tourism sector plays a vital role in the local economy.’