16th Aug 2022 in Community
Luxury hotel company Warren Collection acquired a 17-bedroom property on Eglantine Avenue at the beginning of June.
The landmark guest house The Gregory in South Belfast was on the market for £1.2m and is now among four properties run by the hotel company in Northern Ireland, three of which are in Belfast. This includes The Quarter based in Cathedral Quarter.
Director of the company David Warren said the opening would bring nine new jobs to the company.
He said: “I’m delighted to be opening our newest property. We see great opportunity for further growth in both the corporate and leisure markets for travellers in Belfast who want safe, accessible, luxury, accommodation at an affordable price.
“Belfast is a great city with a real buzz and an excellent reputation and attitude to doing business.”
David’s outlook matches the overall projection of tourism growth in Northern Ireland according to the NI Statistics and Research Agency who’s last annual report recorded a 7% increase in tourist traffic to the region every year since 2013.
The purchased property The Gregory had been run as a guesthouse by husband and wife Jim and Alison Ferrin before coming under the Warren Collection. Mrs Ferrin’s family, the Gregorys, were described on the guesthouse’s website as “a prominent business family in Belfast since 1900” showing the long prestige and history of the unique property.
In 2016, The Gregory was voted best ‘hidden gem’ in the UK in awards celebrating the UK’s best B&Bs, guesthouses and small independent hotels.
The Warren Collection opened its first boutique accommodation The Number 11 on the Malone Road, Belfast in 2021, followed by affordable accommodation The Quarter on Donegall Street in 2022.
The Cathedral Quarter based accommodation opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral and the Ulster University campus, received a makeover and is now a minimalist and quirky place to stay with rooms available at competitive prices.
The opening followed Mark Royal House, a former office building on Donegall Street being converted into a 45-bedroom student accommodation in 2015 in anticipation of Ulster
University’s relocation to its new York Street campus.
Company directors, David Warren and Mark Docherty are also looking at sites
in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and abroad with plans to open 250 rooms by the end of 2023.
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