Skyscraper to become 200-room hotel under €42m redevelopment
ONE OF Ireland's tallest office buildings is to be transformed into a luxury hotel under new plans.
Northern Ireland's Hastings Hotels is aiming to transform Windsor House - which is taller than Dublin's Liberty Hall - into a 200-bedroom hotel.
The £30m (€42m) investment, subject to planning permission, would see the creation of over 150 new jobs for Belfast.
"We are delighted to unveil the plans for what will be the seventh hotel in our portfolio in Northern Ireland," said William Hastings, chairman of Hastings Hotels, which also owns Belfast's iconic Europa Hotel.
"This acquisition represents our biggest single investment to date of £30m and upon completion in 2018 the hotel will operate at the upper end of the four-star market offering 200 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, 18 serviced apartments and a range of superbly appointed office accommodation."
The project would bring the number of bedrooms in the group to over 1,000.
The new property will be named the Belfast Grand Central Hotel.
The original Grand Central was built in 1893 and guests included Winston Churchill, the King of Belgium, Al Jolson, Mario Lanza and The Beatles.
Pictured outside Windsor House are Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels, and the company's chairman, William Hastings