The Europa Hotel in Belfast Completes its £15 Million Renovation

The Europa Hotel in Belfast Completes its £15 Million Renovation

Hastings Hotels has announced the completion of renovations at the renowned Europa Hotel in Belfast. Over the past several years, the hotel group has dedicated substantial resources, totalling £15 million, to enhance the historic building and guest experience.

The renovation project at the Europa Hotel has included upgrades to all of its 272 guest bedrooms, as well as improvements to The Lobby Bar, the Piano Restaurant, all conference rooms and the penthouse function room. In addition, Hastings has also introduced a brand new workspace area for guests.

As the Europa Hotel strides confidently into its future, it proudly presents a magnificent painting titled ‘The ’71’, skillfully crafted by local artist Colin Davidson.

The newly renovated lobby with its artworks and sculptures

This captivating artwork not only encapsulates the essence of Belfast’s rich history but also imbues the hotel’s ambience with a distinctive charm, marking an unforgettable milestone in its journey forward

An insight into the Europa Hotel’s Renovation
The exterior of the hotelThe renovation programme for the 1970s hotel aimed not only to modernise its facilities but also to preserve its rich history. Each aspect of the renovation was carefully curated to seamlessly blend contemporary design with the hotel’s iconic charm – to maintain this, the interior designer team worked very closely with the architectural team all through RPP Architects.

From meticulously restored architectural features to thoughtfully selected furnishings and décor, every detail reflects a commitment to honouring the hotel’s storied past while embracing its bright future.

As a result, guests can expect an elevated experience that pays homage to Europa’s illustrious legacy while offering all the modern comforts and amenities expected of a world-class hotel.

James McGinn, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels, said, “We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of our extensive renovation program at The Europa Hotel. This transformative project encompasses a comprehensive redesign of all guest rooms, the introduction of state-of-the-art workspaces, and significant upgrades to our food and beverage offerings. The Europa has never looked better, and we are genuinely delighted to unveil these stunning enhancements to our valued guests.

At Hastings Hotels, our commitment to excellence extends beyond mere aesthetics. We are deeply dedicated to investing in our properties and our team to ensure that we maintain our position as one of the world’s most renowned and award-winning hotels. Our unwavering dedication to hospitality and our steadfast pursuit of perfection are the cornerstones of our continued success, and we look forward to welcoming guests to experience the exceptional quality and service that define The Europa Hotel.”

The piano room inside the Europa

Harry McConnell, Director of RPP Architects, said, “It has been a tremendous honour to lead the design and architecture work on the renovation of the iconic Europa Hotel. Our team is incredibly proud to have played a part in preserving the hotel’s rich history while introducing modern enhancements that elevate the guest experience.

From reimagining the guest bedrooms to revitalising the public spaces, every aspect of our design reflects a deep appreciation for the Europa’s legacy and a commitment to excellence in hospitality. We are delighted to see the transformation come to fruition and look forward to seeing the hotel welcome guests to experience the new era of the Europa Hotel.”

The hotel's afternoon tea offering

The renovations at the Europa Hotel were carefully planned and executed in phases to ensure minimal disruption to guests’ experiences while maintaining the hotel’s operations. By sectioning off floors and areas during the renovation process, guests were still able to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and services without inconvenience.

This phased approach allowed for efficient progress, enabling each section to be refurbished to the highest standards while ensuring that guests could continue to experience the Europa Hotel’s renowned hospitality throughout the renovation period.

The latest workspace area at the Europa Hotel, located in the second-floor conference rooms, has undergone a comprehensive technological upgrade.

A photograph showing the interior of one of the larger suites

Recognising the importance of modern amenities, the rooms have been fitted with state-of-the-art technology, including upgraded LED screens and enhanced acoustics for optimal functionality. Furthermore, the traditional receptionist concept has been replaced with automated systems, ensuring guests experience a seamless and efficient process upon arrival.

The Rotunda has become a central hub that provides stunning views of Belfast and serves as a versatile space for business activities, relaxation, and networking. It is complete with a convenient coffee dock for guests to unwind and recharge.

The interior of one of the newly renovated suitesThe Europa Hotel in Belfast Completes its £15 Million Renovation 2

Natasha Godbold

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Natasha is a co-founder of Luxurious Magazine® and has undertaken the role of Creative Director. She is a keen photographer and regularly accompanies Paul on hotel and restaurant reviews. Born in Moscow, Natasha like her husband Paul has experienced living in multiple countries around the world. She is bi-lingual and has degrees in English Language and English Literature. Natasha covers all aspect of the luxury industry in her work. Her hobbies include health and fitness, culture and learning about nature and animal welfare.

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