The Grand Central Hotel in Belfast has received a five star rating from the AA, becoming only the fifth hotel in Northern Ireland to currently hold the Luxury Seal.
The hotel opened in 2018 in a 23-storey office block by family-run Hastings Hotels Group after an ambitious £53m (66.5m) redevelopment project.
It joins another Hastings venue, the Culloden Estate And Spa on the Co Down seafront, in the five star category.
The Lough Erne Resort & Spa in Enniskillen and the Merchant and Fitzwilliam Hotels in Belfast are the other Northern Ireland members of the five star elite.
According to Grand Central, the AA inspector’s report praised his “five-star service, delivered by a friendly and dedicated team.”
The inspector remarked that “first impressions of Hastings Grand Central are excellent, with a neat facade in an accessible location”.
The AA added: “The diverse, spacious and eclectic public spaces are very well presented, having benefited from some serious investment. Bedrooms and bathrooms are equipped and furnished to a high standard.”
Entry-level B&B rates for deluxe rooms at the hotel start at €214 on a weekday in May and rise to €451 on a Saturday night.
The hotel also says a “Bollinger Celebrative Overnight Stay” is available from £80pp (€100pp, B&B and a “demi” bottle of chilled Bollinger on arrival.
General Manager Stephen Meldrum said: “We are delighted to be awarded five stars by the AA and I would like to give my credit to each and every employee who made this recognition possible.
“It’s great, not just for Hastings Hotels but for tourism in Northern Ireland as we continue to offer a first class offering both in terms of product and people.
“When we opened the doors of Grand Central in June 2018 we wanted to bring a different experience to Belfast and we achieved that.
“From the start we made a five star offer so it’s fantastic that this has been made official.”
Janice Gault, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF), said: “Following a significant investment, Northern Ireland’s largest hotel, the Grand Central Hotel Belfast, has been awarded Five Star status by the AA, recognition of the hotel’s standard and a classification recognized by guests worldwide.
“Star ratings from reputable testing organizations still resonate with potential customers and are part of the decision-making process. They are an indicator of the type of experience the guest expects.
“It is important that there is a wide range of properties, something for everyone, so clients can make the choice that best suits their needs and budget.
“The NIHF congratulates the team at Grand Central Hotel Belfast on achieving five star status and recognizes the hotel as a pioneering destination in Belfast.”
The Seahorse restaurant at Grand Central also received an AA Rosette. The hotel is also known for its 23rd floor Observatory cocktail bar and panoramic views across Belfast.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/grand-central-hotel-becomes-fifth-northern-ireland-hotel-to-be-awarded-five-stars-41595720.html The Grand Central Hotel is the fifth hotel in Northern Ireland to receive five stars