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With so much to see and do in Belfast, including an abundance of activities, restaurants, cafes and museums, it’s likely you will get to the end of the day feeling a little whacked. And let’s face it, there is nothing better than flopping into a really comfy bed when that time rolls around.
We took a tour of Belfast’s best hotels to see which really did float our boat and, we have to say, we were mighty impressed with what we found. Comfy, funky, lively and a little quirky in places, we reckon you can’t go wrong by staying in any of the following fantastic hotels. And as a little extra reassurance in the current climate, all of the following hotels have earned the Good to Go symbol meaning that they are adhering to government guidelines for safe practices during the pandemic. It’s also worth noting that masks are now mandatory in all indoor spaces in Northern Ireland.
Belfast’s Best Hotels:
1. Bullitt Hotel, Cathedral Quarter
Price: From £95
Your holiday starts as soon as you cross the threshold of this fun-filled hotel. Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, it is a popular destination with those looking wanting to be in the centre of it all. From the hotel lobby bar, complete with its decks, to its delicious restaurant, Taylor and Clay, to the Babel rooftop bar, you can have a pretty awesome evening without even leaving the hotel.
The rooms are comfy, understated and there certainly seems to be an emphasis on function in this place. Breakfast comes in a grab bag on the handle of your door – the perfect option for those wanting to make an early getaway the next morning.
The location also can’t get much better. Bullitt is located just a three-minute walk from the Commerical Court near lots of great restaurants and shops. Rooms start at £95 per night for two people sharing.
More info: Bullitt Hotel
2. Ten Square Hotel, City Hall
Price: From £95
Occupying a mid-19th-century former linen mill behind City Hall, it’s hard to beat Ten Square’s location. Stepping in off the street, you are welcomed into a sanctuary of comfy dark red leather sofas, a fire and candles. It’s warm and inviting and makes you never want to leave. And there is no reason to leave if you don’t want to. The on-site restaurant, Josper’s Grill, is so good it draws crowds from near and far. And the rooftop Loft Bar, with its extensive cocktail menu, is the perfect place for pre- or post-dinner drinks. The rooms in this boutique hotel are chic yet comfortable with some offering stunning views right out across City Hall.
Rooms start at a very reasonable £95 per night based on two sharing.
More info: Ten Square Hotel
3. The Merchant Hotel, Cathedral Quarter
Price: From £219
If it’s a great location and a splurge of luxury you’re after then look no further than the Merchant Hotel. Located a stone’s throw from Belfast’s liveliest bars and restaurants, this five-star hotel is hard to beat. The opulent rooms feature a mixture of Victorian and Art Deco décor while elsewhere the hotel has a spa and rooftop hot tub to further add to the relaxation element of your weekend break. And if it’s food and cocktails you’re after, The Merchant has that covered too. The Great Room restaurant is superb thanks to AA Rosette-winning chef John Paul Leake. The Cocktail Room, Bert’s Jazz Bar and the Champagne Lounge all provide ample opportunity for pre- and post-dinner drinks.
More info: The Merchant
4. Tara Lodge, University Quarter
Price: From £80
We love this small hotel just off the cosmopolitan Botanic Avenue which offers sleek and stylish yet supremely comfortable rooms. A light and airy breakfast room with big arched windows serves up a hearty brekkie while nothing seems like too much trouble for the lovely staff. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from Queen’s University and a 15-minute walk from the city centre.
More info: Tara Lodge
5. The Fitzwilliam Hotel, City Centre
Price: From £145
This chic hotel is always a favourite with visiting celebrities. And for good reason, its elegant decor and friendly staff make for a very comfortable and relaxing stay. As for location, you can’t get much better. The Fitzwilliam is right next door to the Opera House and less than a five minute walk to City Hall.
More info: The Fitzwilliam Belfast
6. Malmaison, Cathedral Quarter
Price: From £95
The décor in Malmaison is pretty quirky. The purple and black hotel lobby is a stark contrast to the beachy bleached wood interior of the brasserie restaurant, which in turn contrasts with the striking silver and black Malbar. The rooms, in turn, are relatively simple and tastefully decorated. It all contrasts with each other but amazingly, it works and I found myself quite taken with this converted seed warehouse which dates back to 1867. It’s not hard to see why this funky joint is a hive of activity in the evenings and on weekends.
More info: Malmaison
7. AC Hotel
Price: From £89
This modern hotel enjoys a riverside location close to all of the amenities of the city centre. The rooms are definitely not lacking in luxuries thanks to chic interiors and added touches such as the large glass-enclosed showers. The hotel’s restaurant is a must-visit as it offers up incredible Mediterranean fare from multi-Michelin-starred chef Jean Christophe Novelli.
More info: AC Hotel
Getting to Belfast:
Just a two-hour jaunt up the road from Dublin, Belfast is really easy to get to thanks to the brilliant M1 motorway. Or alternatively, you can catch the train which takes just over two hours from Connolly Station in Dublin.
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