Booking a trip to Belfast doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels in the Northern Irish capital if you’re on a tight budget.
The capital city of Northern Ireland is a coastal gem – it’s friendly and small, with enough bars and menus to fill an entire week – and your money will go a long way here. Previously named one of the cheapest cities in the UK, Belfast is a perfect budget holiday destination on its own, but just an hour’s drive from the Giant’s Causeway, and two hours from Dublin, if you fancy going further afield.
The grandeur of the Europa Hotel comes with a surprisingly low price tag when you consider the amenities. It offers rooms decorated with a classic, chic design, as well as a spa resort and a restaurant featuring a decadent dinner menu. Be sure to reserve time for afternoon tea at the Causerie Restaurant or a glass of wine in the beautiful lobby, which lights up Great Victoria Street every evening in dazzling style. And you’ll be situated in the centre of the city – too good to be true in most European cities.
There’s free breakfast and a friendly feel on offer at this well-situated hostel, on the edge of the Botanic Gardens. Once a large Belfast house, it’s now run by a South African guy who seems to get just what backpackers want – from the complimentary fry-ups each morning to the free wifi and baggage storage. Guests can choose from 12-bed dorms for the ultimate budget overnighter, to double and private rooms.
Additional reporting by Ellie Ross