Boutique hotels are a hot travel feature this year, and Belfast has more than a handful from which to choose. Whether you want the quaint, rustic lodge or the Victorian boutique suite, Northern Ireland’s capital city has it all – for an affordable price, too! Take a look at Culture Trip’s top picks for 2017.
It’s all about location when you book with Ten Square Hotel, located south of Belfast City Hall in Donegall Square, the heart of the city’s shopping district. This boutique hotel will suit all travellers as it offers standard and budget rooms, along with several deluxe suites for those extra special weekend breaks. The in-house restaurant, Jospers, is one of the best steakhouses in the city – and it’s family-friendly. For those who prefer to skip the local nightlife for the hotel bar, Ten Square Hotel has a fantastic outdoor atmosphere every night of the week in the famous Linen Bar.
Tara Lodge is a quaint boutique hotel located in the southern district of the city, just off Botanic Avenue. Don’t be fooled by the size – this hotel offers some explosive weekend packages, including the Titanic Experience Stay and a Game of ThronesIce and Fire Tour, which includes a luxury bed-and-breakfast stay followed by a Northern Ireland tour of the TV series’ stunning filming locations.
For a little Belfast class, visit Malmaison Hotel, where they have mixed a contemporary style with Titanic-inspired interiors in each room to give each visitor a taste of Belfast’s prided history. The hotel’s location on Victoria Street is the perfect distance from the City Centre and Cathedral Quarter – the home of cuisine, culture and nightlife every day. The Malbar, Malmaison’s very own cocktail bar, has so many quirky drinks to offer in another wonderful interior – think classic luxury mixed with funk. This ex-seed warehouse-turned-hotel is a great place for those who like something a little different.
South Belfast is full of quality lodgings, and Malone Lodge is no exception. Adjacent to the Queen’s University extended campus, this lodge is famous for attracting Pinterest weddings and couples who love the cosy atmosphere and luxury surroundings. Those who enjoy quiet weekends will love the deluxe suites, private lounges and outdoor seating areas, which ooze comfort and class. Surrounded by residential avenues and parks, Malone Lodge is number one for a detox weekend escape.
Modern Vibes at the Bullitt | Courtesy of Bullitt Hotel
The Bullitt Hotel has its priorities in check when it comes to service versus price. As one of Belfast’s newest hotels, their philosophy has changed the hospitality market forever, and it’s remarkably simple. In each of their 32 rooms, which come in Dinky, Comfy and Roomy, you will find a king-sized bed, clothes rail and rain shower, along with funky wooden décor and lighting – which won’t cost you an arm and a leg. The cost-effective approach means every visitor gets a breakfast goodie bag, filled with juice and granola, or they can enjoy breakfast in Taylor & Clay, a restaurant which reflects the hotel’s wood-cabin interiors and cool atmosphere.
Those who like to experience the local buzz of the city will love staying at Dukes at Queens, located on Belfast’s Botanic Avenue – abundant with eateries, cafés and university students every day of the week. The hotel itself has some of the best rooms in the area, paired with a popular restaurant and famous cocktail menu at Claudine’s bar. Local music plays every Friday and Saturday, drawing in people of all ages from Queen’s Quarter. The surrounding area is the hotel’s greatest asset, which is within walking distance from the Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum.
The Merchant Hotel has a plethora of awards that speak for themselves. This five-star, AA standard hotel is the winner of the International Hotel Awards Best UK Hotel, 2012, and the main attraction of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Each room features décor in the style of the Art Deco era or with detailed Victorian interiors, while the five Victorian Suites are each presented with their own unique style, service and a four-poster bed. The Great Room Restaurant has a dinner menu like no other – an AA Rosette-winning menu from Chef John Paul Leake. Other extras include The Cocktail Room, Bert’s Jazz Bar and Champagne Lounge – you won’t want to leave this amazing hotel.
This boutique hotel is for the sociable traveller or the larger group. Characterised by its cheerful atmosphere, Madison’s Hotel brings together great food, cocktails and a popular open mic night. If you’re in the city for an authentic Northern Irish holiday, Madison’s will introduce you to incredible food and board – for a budget price. Its location (only 10 minutes from City Hall) and price make this boutique lodge one of the best choices for your city break.
You can’t stay in a more traditional boutique hotel than The Crescent Townhouse, located on Botanic Avenue, Belfast’s revered food and drink hub. Tucked inside a converted townhouse, this budget hotel has maintained the original wood panelling and channelled the original Victorian décor into each room, from the bedding to the drapes. The hotel offers an overnight deal with entry into Empire Bar across the street, one of Belfast’s hottest music venues and comedy clubs.
The Culloden Estate & Spa is the ultimate luxury boutique experience. Originally built in 1876, the Gothic mansion perfectly sits on the eastern side of Belfast Lough, where it receives shelter from Holywood Hills and a three-degree temperature rise in comparison to the central city. The hotel is a treat year-round, complete with beautifully decorated suites and a world-class spa, which will calm the storm in any busy life. From extensive on-site gardens to a Juice Zest Bar, there is no greater way to detox than in this countryside manor.