Budget hotel operator EasyHotel is targeting a 2021 opening date for its first property in the Republic of Ireland.
The company currently has one hotel in Belfast, which is run on a franchise basis.
A long-since planned opening in Dublin is now set for the second half of 2021 and further Irish openings have not been ruled out.
The company acquired a freehold site in the Smithfield area of Dublin City nearly two years ago. Planning permission initially allowed for a 96-bedroom hotel, but the company is now targeting a 160-bedroom property.
The Dublin hotel will be owned and operated by the company, rather than via a franchise partner.
While further Irish openings have not been ruled out, EasyHotel’s immediate expansion focus is on UK cities and mainland Europe, particularly France and Spain.