Europa Hotel: Our 2023 Conference Venue
ASRA are delighted to be returning to the Europa Hotel for this year's Conference!
The World Famous Europa Hotel in Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, designed by architects Sydney Kaye, Eric Firkin & Partners, opened in July 1971. It was built on the site of the former Great Northern Railway station and stands 51 metres high. During The Troubles, the hotel, where most journalists covering The Troubles stayed, was known as Europe’s most bombed hotel, earning the name "the Hardboard Hotel”. The hotel was blown up by the Provisional IRA in 1993 and damaged so badly that it sold for only £4.4m.
The Europa Hotel became part of the Hastings Hotels group on 3 August 1993, whereupon it was announced that it would close for the first time in its 22-year history to allow for major refurbishment. Following an £8m investment, the hotel reopened in February 1994. Its first official event was the Flax Trust Ball, a gala evening for 500 local and international dignitaries. President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton stayed in the hotel in November 1995; the suite used by the Clintons was subsequently renamed the Clinton Suite. The presidential entourage booked 110 rooms at the hotel.
Started in early 2008, an extension to the hotel increased the height of a rear wing by seven floors, to twelve floors, and increased bedrooms from 240 to 272. The extension was designed by Robinson McIlwaine Architects and was completed late in 2008.
Whilst we have been offered the majority of the bedrooms in this hotel should our numbers exceed, overflow accommodation will be in the sister property, The Grand Central.
Your hotel and room number will be allocated at the time of check-in at the hotel reception.
Check-in from 15:00 on arrival day
Check-out by 11:00 on day of departure
Breakfast is included and will be available from 7.00 - 8.30 am in your allocated hotel.
Don't miss out! Book your place today via our Conference website.
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