Wednesday 24 January 2018

€32 million Titanic Hotel opens in Belfast this weekend

'The hotel that history built'

Checking into Titanic Hotel Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Checking into Titanic Hotel Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Titanic Hotel Belfast: Elevation from Queen's Road
Afternoon tea in the old drawing offices...
The Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices (archive)
Inside Titanic Hotel Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
A bedroom in the Titanic Hotel Belfast
A superior suite at the Titanic Hotel Belfast
A White Star Line print at the Titanic Hotel Belfast
Wolff Grill at the Titanic Hotel Belfast
Presentation Room, Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel Belfast. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Main Staircase (Ground floor) before restoration
Titanic Hotel, main staircase. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Inside the Titanic Hotel Belfast
Suite, Titanic Hotel Belfast
Harland & Wolff Drawing offices, before restoration
Titanic Hotel Belfast, drawing offices during restoration
Pat Doherty of Harcourt Developments with Kerrie Sweeney of Titanic Foundation in Drawing Room 2. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Titanic Hotel Belfast: Bar Lounge in the Drawing Office
Titanic model in Harland Bar. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
The Harland Bar at Titanic Hotel. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
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After two years of construction and restoration, Belfast's Titanic Hotel will officially open to the public this Sunday, September 10.

The 119-room  luxury hotel incorporates the former Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Headquarters in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

Built and restored at a cost of £28/€32 million, it is situated next to Titanic Belfast, the city's now-iconic attraction, and offers views of the Harland & Wolff cranes.

B&B rates start at £140/€153 per room, while a package bundling B&B with tickets for Titanic Belfast costs from £180/€196 per room.

All "authentic spaces" have been retained in the build, the hotel says, including the Telephone Exchange, which received the first communication of RMS Titanic hitting the iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912.

The Drawing Offices are located at the front of the hotel - one housing its Harland Bar, the other the hotel’s ballroom and heritage experience.

A bedroom in the Titanic Hotel Belfast
A bedroom in the Titanic Hotel Belfast
Suite, Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel, main staircase. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Main Staircase (Ground floor) before restoration
Titanic Hotel Belfast. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Titanic model in Harland Bar. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
The Harland Bar at Titanic Hotel. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
The Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices (archive)
Titanic Hotel Belfast: Elevation from Queen's Road

Drawing Office One will host a six-week exhibition from Sunday - after that, daily public tours will be offered to showcase the heritage features.

Other preserved spaces include Harland & Wolff's board room, its former directors’ entrance and lobby, and the offices of former former directors including Thomas Andrews, Lord Pirrie and Charles Payne.

Titanic Hotel Belfast is operated by Harcourt Developments, with a £5m investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund aiding restoration of the Drawing Offices.

Kerrie Sweeney from Titanic Foundation said:

The Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices (archive)
The Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices (archive)
Titanic Hotel Belfast: Elevation from Queen's Road
The Harland Bar at Titanic Hotel. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Titanic model in Harland Bar. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Titanic Hotel Belfast. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Main Staircase (Ground floor) before restoration
Titanic Hotel, main staircase. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd
Suite, Titanic Hotel Belfast

“Where one of Northern Ireland’s biggest commercial ventures once stood over 100 years ago, now stands a fitting tribute and another fantastic venture to shine a light on what was the largest shipyard in the world."

Belfast's hotel offering has gone up a gear in recent years, with a new Bullitt Hotel and £6 million extension to the five-star Fitzwilliam already open for business.

Titanic Hotel officially opens at 12 noon this Sunday, September 10.

See titanichotelbelfast.com for more.

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