Published on : Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A coastal hotel in Northern Ireland, Ballycastle’s Marine Hotel, which had been closed for several years, has announced a £1m expansion, as there is a wave of development of the infrastructure of North Ireland.
The Marine Hotel was abandoned for more than three years after developer Mervyn McAlister lost control of his assets. But his friends and catering experts Colum McLornan and Claire Hunter bought it over four years ago – in the process, reviving the town’s only hotel.
Now the management of Marine Hotel has announced a £1m spend on the venue, which will include adding 12 new bedrooms to its tally of 31, as well as an events suite, sushi bar and hot tub. The changes are expected to add another 10 posts to the hotel’s workforce of 46.
And Marine Hotel also revealed they have appointed the architects Ado Belfast who worked on the trendy Bullitt Hotel in Belfast, to carry out the total procedures.
Since then the revamp has been a great source of employment for local people and also a venue for family social occasions, sporting events and conferences, where previously local people had to drive to Coleraine or Ballymena to find a venue to meet their needs.
Ado Architects director John Busteed said that the potential for the Marine was clear in its strength, and as soon as they arrived at the hotel, it was a case of one thing after another almost bowling us over with excitement.