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AC Hotels by Marriott confirms April for Belfast opening

Lisa Steele appointed to head up flagship city hotel

AC Hotels by Marriott has confirmed plans to open its first hotel in Northern Ireland in Belfast in April this year.

The hotel chain which has properties across Europe and the US, has also confirmed the appointment of Lisa Steele as general manager of the new £25m property, which is situated in the heart of Belfast Harbour’s landmark City Quays development.

The four-star AC Hotel Belfast will be the first Marriott in Northern Ireland. It will also be the first in the group’s portfolio of 100 design-led hotels across the world to feature a destination restaurant.

Jean-Christophe Novelli will open a brasserie specifically designed for the Belfast property.  The first restaurant the multi-Michelin-starred and five-out-of-five AA Rosette award-winning chef will open in Ireland.

The property will feature 188 rooms as well as a gym, library, meeting facilities and AC Lounge.

With management experience spanning a number of Belfast venues, Steele returns to Northern Ireland from Edinburgh to take the helm at the flagship Belfast project.

Steele said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the team bringing this compelling new offering to the local market. Work is on schedule and we are on track to open in April, and the timing really couldn’t be better with Belfast and Northern Ireland as a region enjoying unprecedented and wholly-deserved global recognition as a must-visit destination.

“AC Hotel Belfast is looking forward to being part of, and adding value to, this success story by providing a venue that not only supports the growing accommodation needs of this thriving city but will also, with its outstanding City Quays location, exceptional aesthetic appeal and customer-led design, be a real asset to Belfast.”

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