Grand Central hotel digitalises newspapers exclusively for guests

  • Belfast city centre hotel, the Grand Central has said it is the first hotel in Northern Ireland to introduce the digital media service, PressReader.

    The PressReader app gives guests complimentary access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries.

    It is available on all smartphones and tablets, and Grand Central’s guests will automatically receive free access to it when they connect to the hotel’s free Wi-Fi network.

    The app offers worldwide newspapers in over 60 languages and a selection of magazines including Vogue, Marie Claire, GQ and Men’s Health. It also means the hotel will be removing all print newspapers and magazines, so guests won’t be limited to one publication per person.

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    Grand Central is part of the Hastings Hotels group. Its managing director, Howard Hastings said: “When visiting a hotel, whether it is for business or pleasure, it’s always nice to take time to keep up-to-date with the news or switch off with your favourite magazine.

    “Whether enjoying a coffee or lunch in the Grand Café, waiting for a friend in the Seahorse Bar or staying overnight, guests can simply connect to the Grand Central’s Wi-Fi network to download PressReader and have thousands of publications at their fingertips for free. What’s more, the publications can be saved to devices and read later.

    “I think the PressReader service will be well used, particularly by those visiting from overseas who will appreciate being able to access their local newspaper. For example, our American guests can enjoy reading the Los Angeles Times or New York Post over breakfast while our French guests can peruse Le Monde and Le Figaro.”

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