Set to be open in none other than the buzzing city of Belfast, The George Best Hotel will be designed to honour and celebrate the legacy of footballing legend George Best.
At Signature Living, one of our most successful hotels has been The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. And the luxury venue is set to inspire the format of our Northern Irish venture.
Based in the heart of the city centre, the Bill Shankly-themed hotel attracts Liverpool FC fans from around the world, offering exclusive memorabilia courtesy of the Shankly family themselves.
After working closely with the Shankly family, we felt it was essential to have close involvement from George Best’s family to create an experience that the late star would be proud of.
Earlier this month, we were privileged to have George Best’s family join us to unveil our exciting plans for the 80-bedroom hotel.
Similarly to the Shankly Hotel, the unique venue will showcase exclusive memorabilia and the football star’s dazzling trophies.
Over the next year we’ll be busy transforming the Scottish Mutual Building into a luxurious venue, certain to welcome tourists and fans from across the globe as well as Belfast locals.
Speaking to the Irish News, Signature Living founder Lawrence Kenwright said:
“The building is currently in a state of disrepair and we will be focusing on sympathetically restoring this stunning, Scottish baronial style landmark building back to its former glory and architectural beauty, as well as aligning it with Signature Living’s exciting style and guest experience. We will ensure the building plays its part in telling the story of Belfast at it’s industrial peak.”
Signature Living will also be building on their presence in the city of Belfast with three additional hotels in the city including The Lanyon Hotel.
The Lanyon Hotel, named after architect Sir Charles Lanyon is set to be situated within the former Crumlin Road courthouse.
Items donated by the Best family include everything from a signed shirt from the day of Best’s funeral to a silver Northern Ireland cap.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, former IFA president Jim Boyce shared:
“I think it’s marvellous. He is synonymous with Northern Ireland, and is going to have a hotel named after him”.
Boyce added: “I think he would have been proud of it. I had the privilege of knowing George. He was probably the greatest footballer that Northern Ireland has ever produced. And with team doing so well at the moment, I’m sure he would have been proud that things were doing so well.”
George Best’s sister Barbara McNarry, said:
“We are delighted that George’s life and career are being honoured in such a stunning building and look forward to seeing it evolve into the George Best hotel.
“The recognition of Georgie in the city centre has a very important meaning to us and fills us with enormous pride. We have every faith in Signature Living’s ability to bring George’s story to life within the hotel.”
So, whether you’re a die-hard Best fan or simply planning a visit to Belfast next year, make sure you stay up to date with our plans for The George Best Hotel.
We hope to see you very soon!