Belfast tower converting to a hotel in $47M renovation

One of the tallest buildings in Ireland is to be turned into a 200 bedroom hotel as part of a $47-million redevelopment.

The Hastings Hotels Group said its transformation of the 23-story Windsor House in Belfast city center would create more than 150 new jobs.

The proposals for a four star hotel, restaurant and bar, serviced apartments and office accommodation is subject to planning approval. If Hastings get the green light, it hopes to open the redeveloped Windsor House in 2018.

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It intends to name the building the Grand Central Hotel in a nod to the long-gone Belfast hotel of the same name. The group bought Windsor House, which was primarily used for office space in recent years, for $9.4 million last month.