The Grand Central Hotel becomes the fifth hotel in Northern Ireland to receive five-star status

The Grand Central Hotel in Belfast has won five stars from the AA, becoming the fifth hotel in the province to currently carry the luxury brand.

The hotel was opened in 2018 by the family-run Hastings Hotels group after an ambitious £53million conversion project on a 23-storey office block.

It now joins another Hastings venue, the Culloden Estate And Spa on the Co Down coast, in the five-star category, while Lough Erne Resort & Spa in Enniskillen and Merchant and Fitzwilliam Hotels in Belfast are the other members of Northern Ireland in the five-star elite. .

According to Grand Central, the AA Inspector’s Report praised its “five-star service provided by a friendly and engaging team.”

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The Grand Central Hotel on Bedford Street, Belfast

The Grand Central Hotel on Bedford Street, Belfast

The inspector praised the property, remarking that “first impressions of Hastings Grand Central are excellent, with a well-maintained fascia in a very accessible location”.

The AA added: “The diverse, spacious and versatile public spaces are presenting themselves extremely well, having benefited from serious investment. The bedrooms and bathrooms are fitted and furnished to a high standard.

Managing Director Stephen Meldrum said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a five star rating by the AA and I would like to pay tribute to each member of staff as it is thanks to them that this recognition has been made possible. .

“It’s great, not just for Hastings Hotels, but also for tourism in Northern Ireland, as we continue to deliver a first-class offering, both in terms of product and people.

“When we opened the doors to Grand Central in June 2018, we wanted to bring a different experience to Belfast and we succeeded. From the start, we provided a five-star proposition, so it’s fantastic that this has been made official.

Janice Gault, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation (NIHF), said: “After significant investment, Northern Ireland’s largest hotel, the Grand Central Hotel Belfast, has been awarded the five-star status by the AA, a recognition of the establishment’s standard, and a rating recognized by customers around the world.

“Star ratings from respected inspection organizations always resonate with potential customers and are part of the decision-making process. They are an indicator of the type of experience the customer expects.

“It is important that there is a wide range of properties on offer, something for everyone, to help clients make a choice that best suits their needs and budget.

“The NIHF congratulates the team at Grand Central Hotel Belfast on achieving five-star status, recognizing the hotel as a premier destination in Belfast.”

Grand Central’s Seahorse Restaurant also received an AA Rosette. The hotel is also renowned for its Observatory cocktail bar on the 23rd floor and its panoramic views over Belfast.