10th December 2019

easyHotel was established in 2004 as a “super budget” hotel group, opening its first hotel in South Kensington, London, in 2005. The business was founded by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, nine years after his launch of easyJet!

easyHotel opened its doors in the heart of Belfast City Centre on Howard Street, by David Crowe and Kevin Baird in August 2018. Offering the people of Belfast and visitors alike, trendy, compact, no nonsense bedrooms at unbeatable prices.

We had a quick chat with Kevin Baird, to discuss the trendy hotel, what he loves about running a business in Belfast and more!

Q & A with Kevin Baird of easyHotel

What does Easy Hotel offer to customers?

easyHotel is super-budget accommodation. The concept is to keep everything as simple as possible to allow the room rate to be low. One example of this approach is that we only take payment by card, this reduces the cost of operations and helps keep the room rate low. We also offer add-ons to a customer's stay. One example of the add-on concept is for bag storage; even as an extra it is good value £5/room/stay.

What do you love about running a hotel in the heart of Belfast?

The positive reaction of our guests to Belfast as a city.
Whether it’s tourists discovering Belfast or local regulars, our visitors talk about a general feeling that people are friendly and welcoming, there is plenty to see and do along with great bars and restaurants all close by.

What would be the top 5 things to do in Belfast City Centre that you would recommend to visitors?

For tourists it’s St Georges Market, Titanic, the city bus and cab tours.
For locals it’s the chance to go to a show or concert, enjoy all types of great food or simply have a night out with an easy to get to bed once the night is over.

What is next for Easy Hotel?

Super-budget was a new idea for Belfast when we started last year. Feedback has been great and demand is high for the accommodation we provide. We have noticed a new audience staying with us rather than trying to get home late because the price is so low. We are now exploring expansion options to let us provide more super-budget rooms in the city centre.

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