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Hotel with rooftop pool and restaurant earmarked for Belfast city centre

Published on 7 February 2023

A new boutique hotel with a rooftop pool and restaurant could soon arrive in Belfast city centre.

A planning application submitted to Belfast City Council outlines proposals to develop a luxurious hospitality scheme under the brand The Dean, which is expanding its portfolio.

The Dean, which has properties in Dublin, Cork and Galway and is operated by Press Up Hospitality Group, will include the brand’s famous Sophie’s Rooftop Restaurant and Terrace in addition to a 3x13m swimming pool at the three-storey Bedford Street building.

Proposals for the 91-bedroom hotel have been submitted by Irish Hospitality Group.

The applicant is named as Bedford Way Limited, which is controlled by Oakmount, a sister company of Press Up Group.

Jessica Carlyle-Clarke, head of business development and new opportunities UK at Oakmount, said the decision was made with input from Northern Ireland commercial real estate firm Finch, which scopes out potential sites in the city centre.

“We are delighted to move forward with plans to bring The Dean to Belfast — a capital city that is as vibrant and fresh as the brand itself,” she said.

“We are all about celebrating iconic cities, creating beautiful spaces within them that complement old and new.

“This site is one of cultural significance, right next to the Ulster Hall, a venue that speaks to Belfast’s built heritage.

“This is an exciting time for the group as it looks to develop its footprint across the UK and Ireland.”