The Best Hotels to Book in Belfast for Every Traveller

Dont miss a look at Belfast City Hall during your trip to the capital of Northern Ireland
Don't miss a look at Belfast City Hall during your trip to the capital of Northern Ireland | © Krzysztof Nahlik / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Ross

Whether you’re here for the Titanic Museum, shopping in St George’s Market or a live show at Ulster Hall, there is so much to explore in the capital of Northern Ireland. From top dining to historical touches, Belfast is awash with great places to stay for every type of traveller. Here’s our guide to the best hotels in the city, no matter what type of accommodation you’re looking for – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Harrison Chambers of Distinction, for an aristocratic atmosphere


A four-poster bed, stylish couch, chandelier and palms in an elegant hotel room at the Harrison Chambers of Distinction
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Step back in time at the Harrison, a Victorian-style boutique with a modern twist. Attention to detail is second to none, and carefully preserved architectural features sit alongside new Ulster carpets and decadent four-poster beds. Solo travellers can book a snug room for one. Fancy splashing out? Opt for the Bronte Suite, complete with a free-standing tub and bay windows overlooking leafy Malone Road.

2. The Fitzwilliam Hotel, for unparalleled luxury


A bed and blue velvet couch in a modern and stylish hotel room at the Fitzwilliam Hotel
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For a five-star stay with food to match, book into the Fitzwilliam, which stands proudly beside the Grand Opera House. Headed up by Dean Butler, the award-winning restaurant serves fresh, seasonal food with a contemporary twist – try the Glenarm salmon served with crushed baby potatoes. The hotel also has a romantic, low-lit bar, ideal for scones in the afternoon and cocktails after dark.

3. Titanic Hotel Belfast, for history buffs

Boutique Hotel

A double bed, full-length mirror and a bathroom in a modern hotel rooom at Titanic Hotel Belfast
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Shipping fans can get their fill of maritime history at the Titanic Visitor Centre, then head inside the former headquarters of shipbuilders Harland & Wolff, now home to the Titanic Hotel. Architectural feats and chic interiors await inside, along with 119 luxurious bedrooms designed in a nautical theme. Dine beneath high-vaulted ceilings, and look out for the Villeroy & Boch tiles at the bar – the same ones were used for the swimming pool and first-class bathrooms on the Titanic. For a unique place to stay in Belfast, this property can’t be beat.

4. Grand Central Hotel, for a prime location


Tables set for dining in the spacious restaurant at Grand Central Hotel
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Grand Central Hotel is an easy walk home after watching a live show at Ulster Hall. The 300 rooms are spread over three floors, and include elegant touches such as satin curtains, stand-alone baths and ESPA products. There’s a great choice of food on site as well – head to Seahorse Restaurant for a fancy pre-show dinner of local scallops and Irish chicken supreme.

5. Culloden Estate and Spa, for a spa retreat

Spa Hotel

The impressive brick exterior of Culloden Estate and Spa, with a car on the drive out front
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For a spot of pampering, the Culloden Estate has a plush spa complete with vitality pool, steam rooms and saunas, luxurious treatment suites and relaxation rooms. Treatments include body wraps, face-lifting facials and massages for everyone from golfers to mums-to-be. There’s also a health club with a modern fitness suite and juice bar. Though it’s only 10 minutes from the city centre, the hotel has a rural feel and is surrounded by secluded gardens.

6. Malmaison Belfast, for boutique comfort


Seating and hanging plants in the stylish bar and lounge at Malmaison Belfast
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Diehard romantics are in for a treat at Malmaison, centrally located on Victoria Street. Rooms are individually designed with statement wallpaper and velvet headboards. The best room is the Signature Suite, with a vast bed, snooker table and cosy fire, plus docking station, Bose sound system and roll-top bath. Chez Mal Brasserie serves food all day, including grab-and-go bags and breakfast until 10.30am, if you’d like a lie-in.

7. Ten Square Hotel, for a couples getaway


A table and chairs under an umbrella on the rooftop terrace at Ten Square Hotel, with a view of Belfast City Hall
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Whisk your loved one off to Ten Square Hotel for a romantic break in the heart of the city. There’s a wide range of rooms to choose from – go all out and book the penthouse with its rooftop terrace, or the Lanyon Suite, which has a double bath in the bedroom, plus a walk-in shower and double sinks. Hungry? Dining options include a steakhouse and the relaxed Linen Bar, serving local beers, spirits and snacks.

8. Bullitt Hotel, for a wallet-friendly stay

Boutique Hotel

Chairs and tables in the modern restaurant at Bullitt Hotel
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On a budget but don’t want to compromise on style? The Bullitt Hotel has affordable rooms with a cool design. Choose from three categories – Dinky, Comfy and Roomy. Comfy rooms sleep up to four, with twin beds available, ideal for families. Expect rainfall showers, king-size beds and bold, geometric print cushions. If you’re eating in, don’t miss the wood-fired dishes at the main restaurant, Taylor & Clay. For a craft beer with a city view, head upstairs to Babel, the rooftop bar.

Nina Zietman contributed additional reporting to this article.

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