The Best Hotels in Belfast for Every Traveller

Belfast City Hall is one place you can't miss on a trip to the capital of Northern Ireland
Belfast City Hall is one place you can't miss on a trip to the capital of Northern Ireland | © Krzysztof Nahlik / Alamy Stock Photo
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18 November 2020

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 Belfast. From luxury suites to budget-friendly options, Northern Ireland’s capital 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 you’re looking for.

The Merchant Hotel

Boutique Hotel
4.8/5 (357 Reviews)
The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $230 per night
One for foodies, the Merchant Hotel offers exquisite fine dining in its Great Room Restaurant, which has chandeliers and decor that’s as ornate as what’s on your plate. A highlight of the tasting menu is the Irish pork cheek with octopus terrine. Children and vegans are well catered for, and the traditional afternoon tea – with or without champagne – is delightful. Bed down upstairs, where rooms are themed to Art Deco and Victorian styles.
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The Fitzwilliam

Hotel
4.7/5 (975 Reviews)
The Fitzwilliam
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Price Drop
Now from $156 per night

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.

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Titanic Hotel Belfast

Boutique Hotel
4.5/5 (864 Reviews)
Titanic Hotel Belfast
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Price Drop
Now from $102 per night
Culture vultures can get their fill of maritime history at the Titanic Visitor Centre, then head inside the former headquarters of the shipmakers 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 were used for the Titanic’s swimming pool and first-class bathrooms.
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Grand Central Hotel

Hotel
4.6/5 (381 Reviews)
Grand Central Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $155 per night
After watching a live show at Ulster Hall, Grand Central Hotel is an easy walk away. Its 300 rooms are spread over three floors, and have elegant touches like satin curtains, standalone 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.
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Culloden Estate

Spa Hotel
4.4/5 (214 Reviews)
Culloden Estate
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Price Drop
Now from $280 per night
For a spot of pampering, the Culloden Estate has a recently refurbished spa complete with a vitality pool, steam rooms and saunas, luxurious treatment suites and relaxation rooms. Treatments include body wraps, “face lift” 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, there’s a rural feel to the hotel, which is surrounded by secluded gardens.
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Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort

Resort, Hotel
4.7/5 (218 Reviews)
Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort
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Need to unwind? Set within 163 acres (66ha) of lush parkland, you’ll relax as soon as you arrive at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort. That’s before you even reach the spa, which is a cut above – it features a Thermal Village, with saunas, steam rooms, snow cabins and outdoor hot tubs hidden in the landscape. There’s also a 20m (66ft) indoor pool, treatment rooms and a Skin Clinic specialising in facials.
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  • Malmaison Belfast

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (951 Reviews)
    Malmaison Belfast
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    Price Drop
    Now from $96 per night
    Die-hard romantics are in for a treat at Malmaison, which is centrally located on Victoria Street. Rooms are individually designed with statement wallpaper and velvet headboards. The best room is the Signature Suite – it has a vast seven-foot (2.1m) bed, snooker table and cosy fire, plus iPod dock, Bose system and a roll-top bath. Chez Mal Brasserie serves food all day, including “grab and go” bags and breakfast until 10.30am, if you’re after a lie in.
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    Ten Square Hotel

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (504 Reviews)
    Ten Square Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $115 per night
    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.
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    Bullitt Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
    4.5/5 (504 Reviews)
    Modern vibes at the Bullitt
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    Price Drop
    Now from $103 per night
    On a budget but don’t want to compromise on style? The Bullitt Hotel has affordable rooms with a cool design to boot. 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.
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    The 1852

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (124 Reviews)
    The 1852
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    Price Drop
    Now from $62 per night
    A great, affordable option in the Queens Quarter, the 1852 has a cool, contemporary vibe with minimalist rooms featuring dark walls that offset the crisp white sheets. Downstairs, the cafe has an industrial feel with exposed brick walls, vintage lighting and rustic wooden booths. It serves food from 7.30am until 10pm, with unusual offerings such as brekkie tacos, ham hock baps and dirty fries loaded with bacon and cheese.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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