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Belfast named the best place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet

16/06/2018   Belfast
Belfast has been named the top place to visit next year by Lonely Planet. Northern Ireland is the only area of the UK to make the cut in Lonely Planet's definite list. The area is well-known for being the location for numerous films, including Game of Thrones. Fans will instantly recognise Iron Island port aka Ballintoy on the Causeway Coast. Other highlights on Causeway Coast include golfing experiences, whiskey and The Giant's Causeway.  The causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of 40,000 basalt columns - quite a sight. For those adventurous enough, they can cross the Carrrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which sways 30 metres above the ocean connected to a small island and coastal cliffs. Cultural attractions are also an added bonus. This drive passes through villages of Glens of Antrim. Be sure to leave a few extra days off work for the full experience! There will be plenty of hip neighbourhoods, bars and restaurants in Belfast to try out - as well as new boutique hotel openings. Feeling like planning your holiday’s for next year? It's just a short hop to Northern Ireland. Article Credit: DISHA DASWANEY

AA Five Stars For Fitzwilliam

08/05/2018   Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, has officially been awarded a five star rating by the AA, recognising its excellence in hospitality. The news of the five-star rating was announced as the hotel nears completion of a second £2million investment to upgrade rooms and increase capacity at its premises on Great Victoria Street - bringing the total invested in the premises since 2016 to £4million. The luxury hotel, which opened in 2009, was awarded five stars in November 2016 under the Tourism NI accommodation grading scheme, so the coveted AA award marks another significant milestone for the hotel. The AA inspector’s report praised the attentive staff and high standards of housekeeping as well as the stylish and well-maintained property. The Fitzwilliam Hotel was also presented with an AA Rosette Award for its quality of food and fresh produce served in the hotel’s à la carte restaurant. Cian Landers, General Manager of the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, commented: “The accreditation is testament to the efforts of the fantastic team we have here and the comments from the inspector show that the staff in all areas of the hotel made this possible. We are thrilled to have been recognised as an AA five-star rated hotel and will display our plaque with pride.”

Double Win for The Fitzwilliam

04/10/2017   Uncategorized
The five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast recently scooped two top honours at the Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards 2017, taking home the title of ‘Hotel of the Year 2017’, and General Manager Cian Landers was named ‘Best Hotel General Manager’. The awards were bestowed towards the end of what has been a memorable year for the hotel which was awarded a five-star rating under the Tourism NI accommodation grading scheme, completed a £2million refurbishment and was granted planning permission for a £6million extension. The inaugural Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards ceremony, which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast on the 25 September, celebrated the very best of Northern Irish hospitality. They were organised and hosted by Creative Oceanic who have been delivering award ceremonies over the last seven years in eight cities across the UK. Irfan Younis, CEO of organizers Creative Oceanic, said: “We are honoured and delighted to have such great finalists and winners representing the Northern Irish hospitality industry and enhancing its reputation nationally and internationally.” “These were the first Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards. They are a true reflection of the talent in Northern Ireland and we want to make sure that the hard work of hospitality professionals doesn’t go unnoticed.” Commenting on the double award win, General Manager Cian said, “I am extremely proud to have been named Hotel Manager of the Year. It is such an honour to have been individually recognised and it is equally as rewarding for our team to receive an accolade like Hotel of the Year.” “Every member of staff works exceptionally hard and this award is a testament of their dedication and the excellent five-star service they provide to offer guests a personalised and truly memorable and indulgent experience.”