City centre hotel Ten Square has this week completed the first phase in a multi-phase expansion to the former 23-bedroom boutique hotel on Donegall Square. The hotel welcomed the first guests to the former Lancashire House office building next door on Linenhall Street at the weekend, filling 18 bedrooms from a total of 55 in that block, which will be complete at the end of January 2017. The first phase expansion will also welcome the addition of the new Linenhall Business Centre with conferencing, function rooms and events space.
The hotel will also see a second phase, 66-bedroom expansion on the other side of the original hotel building into the former Scottish Amicable Building on Donegall Square. The work on this second phase, which has already begun, will also include a spa and gym, and it will complete in October 2017 bringing the total bedroom capacity at the hotel to over 140. A burrito bar will open on the ground floor of this section of the hotel in January.
The expansion is the summation of a total capital investment of almost £18m by owners Loughview Leisure Group, which has conserved almost 70 jobs and created in excess of twenty new posts at the hotel.
Stephen Carson, who is overseeing the hotel’s revamp, said: “Last year when we took over the hotel we immediately invested in a total refurbishment of the existing property – from entirely new kitchens to a re-modelling of our front of house, as well as a complete modernisation of every bedroom to provide guests with in-room Smart technology and a fresh, new and classic modern décor.
“Last year’s refurbishment saw our events offering increase in capacity, but the newly created Linenhalll Business Centre will further allow us to widen our reach for seminars, meetings, conferences and wedding bookings.
Christopher Kearney, Finance Director of Loughview Leisure Group Limited, added: “The multimillion pound upgrade of this property will further enhance all aspects of our guests’ experience and will ensure that Ten Square will maintain its position as Belfast’s leading city centre hotel. Work continues, but we are still very much open for business during the busy Christmas season.”
Main Image: Tourism NI Chairman Terence Brannigan checks in to Ten Square’s new reception as the hotel celebrates the first phase expansion. Also pictured are Stephen Carson and Chris Kearney and Ten Square Hotel Receptionist