Thursday, 28 February 2019

George Best Hotel

Artist's Impression

THE GEORGE BEST HOTEL, 15-16, Donegall Square South, Belfast, is an Edwardian building built in 1904 to the designs of Henry Seaver.

It was originally called the Scottish Temperance Building, though later became the Scottish Mutual Building.

This baronial pile, made with dark red Ballochmyle sandstone, is six storeys in height, with corbelled turrets at each corner.

There are black polished granite pilasters at ground floor level.

Dormer windows and chimneys also survive.

The Scottish Mutual Building was purchased in 2013 by the Tullymore House hotel group, which owns Galgorm Resort and Spa in County Antrim.

Scottish Temperance Building ca 1908

The building was sold by the Irish government's National Asset Management Agency (Nama), with an asking price of £1.75m.

Signature Living acquired it for £6m during 2017, and work is still progressing on the 63-bedroom hotel.

First published in June, 2013. 

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