Belfast is having a moment. Earlier this week, Hastings Hotels’ The Grand Central opened and hot on its heels was the AC Hotel Belfast by Marriott. Two different locations, with two different offerings but all with the same goal – to provide the residents and tourists of Belfast with an unforgettable experience.
Thursday 21st June was time for the Marriott’s moment, as it opened its doors to guests and eager press alike. On the evening of Summer Solstice, the panoramic views of Belfast Lough were welcomed alongside classic canapes of smoked salmon and crème fraiche crackers. Classic as they were, the hotel itself is anything but and marks a new era for Belfast with its European-inspired interiors and landmark restaurant Novelli lauded by none other than its chef patron Jean-Christophe Novelli.
With his name on the door, Jean-Christophe Novelli is quite clearly hands on – but not too proud to admit that it is Jim Mulholland at the helm helping to make it all happen. The former Ballyrobin head chef is well known in Belfast circles and beyond for his love of local produce and bringing it to the masses. Featurimg on the menu, Ewings Seafood, Hannans Meats and the newest cheese making a lot of noise – Boyne Valley Bán, our high quality Northern Irish produce was not too far out of place when keeping company with the mighty Iberico Ham.
Receiving unparalleled praise from Novelli as the ‘best manager ever’ was Lisa Steele. As General Manager, her passion and determination to present Belfast’s latest hotel as a perfect blend of Northern Irish and European culture with style, sophistication and service to match has been astutely achieved in the form of the AC Hotel.
As the evening drew to a close and the sun slowly began to set on the harbours horizon, we could have easily been in a European country and not just this exquisite European hotel in the heart of Belfast.
The AC Hotel Belfast is now fully open for bookings and welcomes you to stay or dine in the Novelli restaurant.
Author: Anna Louise Crockard