With less than two weeks to go until Belfast’s latest hotel, Bullitt opens its doors, First Trust Bank*, which helped fund the £7m project, has been given a sneak preview of the property, which wraps Victoria Street and Ann Street in Belfast.
Named after the Steve McQueen movie of the same name, Bullitt Belfast, the latest development from the Beannchor Group, will offer a vibrant new concept in hospitality providing a cool new space for people to ‘work, play and stay’ in the heart of the city. The hotel features 43 bedrooms, three bars (including Baltic, Northern Ireland’s first ski-themed bar), a courtyard garden, 58-seater restaurant, ‘Taylor and Clay’, an espresso bar and a private event space. The hotel will create 100 new jobs when it opens on 15th October.
Speaking about the project James Sinton, Finance Director, Beannchor Group said; “Bullitt is a very exciting project for us, which has transformed the corner of Victoria Street and Ann Street in the City Centre. We strongly felt there was scope for a mid-tier hotel offering a unique eat, work, play and sleep experience in Belfast, and the new business will capitalise on our expertise in ground floor services such as quality food & beverage within a vibrant open space.
“The groundwork which goes into the investment of this kind is considerable – and it takes a huge team effort. Overall, nearly £7million has been invested in this scheme and we have been very lucky to have a positive funding relationship with First Trust Bank on this project. It’s imperative that our funders bought into our vision of the end product and we are delighted to be able to show the hotel off ahead of the official opening in a couple of weeks.”
Following the visit, Clare Stokes, Corporate Manager, First Trust Bank said; “We believe hospitality and tourism is one of Northern Ireland’s most important industries and can continue to be one of the main drivers of sustainable economic growth here. That is why we are delighted to support exciting projects such as Bullitt and back businesses like Beannchor which has a strong pedigree in and a clear vision for top quality hospitality. When we first saw the business plan, the company’s vision for the hotel and the innovative use of the space we were very impressed. To see it brought to life in this way is truly inspiring and we have no doubt it will find a very strong and loyal clientele, further strengthening Belfast’s position as a destination of choice.”