Located on the junction of Donegall Square and Bedford Street, The George Best Hotel is in a prime City Centre location overlooking Belfast City Hall and accompanying gardens. The Grade B1 listed building was built by Henry Seaver and completed in 1904, it was originally named the Scottish Temperance Building before later being changed to the Scottish Mutual Assurance Society Building. With its classic Baronial style using Dumfries stone and corner turrets which were battlemented, the development of this prominent building is set to be nothing short of remarkable. Having previously served as offices, this building is prepared for an exciting redevelopment as a luxury hotel complete premium amenities including a bar & restaurant and wedding & event space. The redevelopment will incorporate and preserve much of the history whilst aligning it with a classic Signature Living style. The former Scottish Mutual Building still retains many of its original features across all six floors, making it the perfect heritage redevelopment .
Belfast has undergone a resurgence in tourism over the past decade and last year the city was crowned Best UK City. With 1.4 million visits which contribute over £278 million to the economy and support 17,000 jobs, Belfast's growth is only just beginning. Belfast is the driving force behind Northern Ireland's economy and is a hub for not only international visitors but also domestic. The city which has an eclectic vibe, with a plethora of restaurants, bars, attractions and landmarks to explore. The local council has outlined plans to increase the cities growth 100% by 2021, which will be achi eved by improving transport links, more events and refining visitor experience. This growth has been recognised by many key companies across a broad range of sectors including accommodation, food & beverage and entertainment. As it stands, there are currently 27 new hotel developments in the pipeline for Belfast, bringing 3,747 additional bedrooms to the city. This highlights the elevated interest in Belfast and the expected growth over the next couple of years, making now the perfect time to invest in the city.
Belfast is growing exponentially; visitor numbers are at 6.5 million with the tourism economy worth over £450m annually.
The city is on track for this number to double to £870 million by 2020.