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Belfast has well and truly patched up its bullet holes and shrugged off its industrial funk, and now has plenty of the other kind of funk. Yes, Belfast is as lively as ever, but it’s now a lot of fun too. The development of the Titanic museum has spread to a whole area of the docks, and the Titanic Quarter is now a stunning hub of visitor appeal that’s spread contagiously throughout the city. Titanic Quarter even has its own hotel, the Titanic Hotel Belfast, which is on our Gurus’ list of the best places to stay in Belfast. Converted from the offices of the shipping company, Harland & Wolff, this is an easy choice, but our Gurus’ list also includes a converted bank, a converted warehouse, apartment-hotels, B&Bs, and even a country estate which is surprisingly close to the centre of town.

As well as the Titanic Museum, this quarter now has several floating museums, and they’ve retained the two huge shipping cranes, Samson and Goliath, which are an incredible sight. Beyond Titanic are the relics of ‘The Troubles’: the white, pillared, neoclassical facade of Stormont, the Ulster Museum and Crumlin Road Gaol, which offer a fascinating reminder of this city's violent past. Today you’ll find more of a gentle melding of Irish and British culture, which makes for a unique city, totally unlike London or Dublin. Belfast's many years as a no-go zone means its relatively unspoilt and undiscovered — and one of the best ways to see it, is on a Black Taxi Tour, where an experienced driver, usually one who worked through 'The Troubles', will show you their city, complete with personal details. 

If you’re here to have fun, to eat, drink and be merry on local craic, you’ll definitely find some of the best places to stay in Belfast around the centre of town, but you might also want to keep an eye out for accommodation in the Cathedral Quarter. Belfast is now awash with great places to eat and drink, and the real problem will be finding enough mealtimes to sample all you want to.

The Best Places to Stay in Belfast

For a Special Occasion

  • Right beside the stunning Titanic museum, converted from the offices of the ship’s designers, Harland & Wolff, the Titanic Hotel Belfast is both historic and hip. You’d expect a bit of maritime opulence in a hotel of this name, and you’ll find it here, but in a simple form, against a sleek, white backdrop that makes the most of this gorgeous building. There are 119 guest rooms, plus an award-winning bar with a fantastic cocktail list, and an award-winning fine dining restaurant. A chic Belfast choice.
  • The Culloden Estate and Spa is a luxurious hotel and spa overlooking Belfast Lough and the city. This is perfect if you’re looking for a country house hotel feel, as there are green views and extensive gardens. The historic building offers some grand suites, but there are plenty of simpler and more affordable options too. Five star service and great food, plus a beautiful indoor pool and expansive sauna. Great for families too.
  • Originally the headquarters of the Ulster Bank, the Merchant Hotel building has kept its grand facade and high ceilings during its conversion into a luxurious, 62 room hotel, but a lot more velvet and ornate wallpaper has been added, as well as a rooftop spa. The superb bar serves what they claim, is the world’s most expensive cocktail!

For a City Break

  • Malmaison Belfast has been converted from a warehouse — in typical Malmaison style — and is now a fine representation of the brand’s stylish, slightly masculine aesthetic. There are 64 rooms and suites, the largest of which have their own entertaining areas — with a pool table if you want one. But there are plenty rooms of a much more reasonable size and price. All have bold, statement wallpaper, large windows and contemporary bathrooms. As with all the Malmaisons, the bar is a hip place to hang out for locals and guests, and there’s an extensive menu in the restaurant. Surprisingly good for families too, because of the range of rooms.
  • The Bullitt is a hip choice, just across the road from Malmaison Belfast, in a great spot for exploring, shopping, visiting the museums and going out of an evening. Inside the mirrored glass facade are 43 rooms and suites, cleverly designed and decorated, with a mid-century/industrial edge, and cool photographs adorning the dark charcoal walls. King sized beds and satellite TV come as standard. The bar and restaurant are equally cool, and they offer a breakfast-to-go daily.
  • Central and smart, the Europa Hotel is a large hotel with excellent facilities including a full business centre and a piano bar. There are 272 rooms and suites in a wide range of sizes, all decorated in classic hotel style, with fine linens and large lampshades. The bar and restaurant serve an exemplary afternoon tea, as well as a full bistro menu.

For a Central Spot

  • Ten Square has been developed from a Grade 1 listed building in the centre of Belfast, close to Belfast City Hall, Ulster Hall and the Grand Opera House. Considering it’s listed, the interiors are surprisingly contemporary, and light and spacious with it. The restaurant is a popular steakhouse, but there are plenty of other places to eat and drink nearby.
  • The Flint is a cleverly designed collection of 55 suites and apartments just around the corner from Ten Square. As well as fitting everything guests need into a stylish compact space, these suites are cool too, with parquet flooring, dark blue walls, and small contemporary kitchens. This could be a good pick for families, and while there’s no restaurant, there are reams of places to eat and drink just a short stroll away.

For Fun

  • Benedicts Hotel is a boutique-style property just outside central Belfast, close to Botanic Station. We like the unique bar and restaurant on the ground floor, which is a bit like a cosy, Gothic cavern, and has been decorated with interiors salvaged from local churches. It’s a great late night spot. Upstairs are 32 rooms and suites, decorated with stylish colour schemes. Great value too.

For Romantics

  • The Fitzwilliam Hotel is a stylish city break hotel in a central spot, close to the Grand Opera House, with just enough distance to offer city views from floor to ceiling windows as well. The top floor suites are fantastic, with lots of space, as well as the views, but all the rooms are chicly decorated, with an Art Deco style print against a pastel colour scheme that unites the whole building. The lounge bar is stylishly sexy, and the minimalist restaurant is perfect for two. 

For Great Value

  • House Belfast is a chic choice in a central Belfast spot in the Holylands. its 31 rooms and suites are decorated with plenty of smart fixtures and fittings, including walls of fancy wallpaper, quirky artwork, and velvet cushions. Downstairs in the bar and restaurant there’s a gently industrial edge, complemented with cosy wood panelling and furniture upholstered in plush velvet. There’s also a great cocktail menu and a friendly restaurant, with many more places to eat and drink nearby.
  • Tara Lodge is a collection of 34 stylish, yet affordable, rooms and suites in a fantastic spot for exploring Belfast. Facilities include parking, complimentary breakfasts, and in-room tea and coffee making facilities, but no restaurant (there's plenty of eateries close by).

Best B&Bs

  • Maryville House is a Victorian mansion turned B&B, just outside the centre of Belfast, in leafy Musgrave Park. There are six guest rooms, all individually decorated, in keeping with their location in the house — for example, the attic rooms are large, but with low ceilings. There’s a light, airy dining room, which has been turned into a very good tea room, and all the communal areas are stylish and welcoming. Owner managed.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Belfast has two airports of its own: Belfast International Airport, and George Best Belfast City Airport. The international airport is about 20 minutes outside of the centre town by taxi, or just under an hour by public transport, and Belfast City Airport is about six minutes from the centre of town by taxi, or eight minutes on the train.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Belfast is a proper city break destination, and we see it as a year round pick. Summer is still the most popular time for visitors, though most locals will tell you that the nicest time of year, weather-wise, is April through June: you get the longer days and the spring flowers. St. Patrick’s Day is a stand out date for visiting Belfast too — the parades and cultural events are always incredible — and the Belfast Film Festival is held around Easter. Belfast also hosts a popular International Arts Festival in October.

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Best Hotels in Belfast

  • House Belfast Belfast BT7 1JL 31 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Located on vibrant Botanic Avenue, Belfast's main attractions and great nightlife are all within walking distance of this hotel
    City Style  -  With its stylish interiors and central location, this hotel makes a contemporary, chic Belfast hotel
    Romantic Break  -  The comfortable hotel beds and cosy restaurant score highly with couples
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the classical City Hall, located in nearby Donegall Square; guided tours of the historic building are available
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    This chic hotel is located in Belfast's vibrant city centre. Interiors feature upholstered furniture, quirky artwork and cosy wood-panelling, while the stylish guestrooms boast feature wallpaper and plush soft linens. Don't miss the great food and cocktail menu in the restaurant; a lively city stay. See More

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  • Tara Lodge Belfast 34 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  A central location, with parking, makes for easy city exploring.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the impressive St. Anne's Cathedral.
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    An award winning property offering value rooms in the centre of Belfast. Elegantly styled throughout - expect light wooden furniture, enormous windows, soft hues and contemporary bathrooms. Exceptionally hearty breakfasts are offered - including whiskey infused porridge. A charming stay. See More

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  • Ten Square Belfast 22 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of town close to City hall and walking distance to most major attractions
    Restaurant  -  Steakhouse restaurant
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    Fashionable boutique hotel in a Grade 1 listed building, located in central Belfast. Comfortable rooms and excellent steakhouse and bar mean that this is the perfect place for relaxation after a busy day of business or pleasure in the Northern Irish capital. A hip spot in the centre of the city. See More

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  • The Flint Belfast 55 rooms from £97

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the heart of the city with plenty of good eateries, shops, theatres and attractions nearby
    City Style  -  Swish modern suites offering fast wifi, chic design, and well-thought out extras — a stylish city crashpad
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Cave Hill for the walking trails, Belfast Zoo, and Belfast Castle
    Local markets  -  Visit St George's Market to sample local produce
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    A stylish boutique all-suite hotel located in the heart of Belfast. Beautifully designed rooms boast wonderfully comfortable beds, parquet flooring, dark blue hues, modern furniture, and small kitchens. With the best of the city on the doorstep, this is ideal for independent travellers. See More

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  • Maryville House Belfast 6 rooms from £98

    Local markets  -  Browse the local produce at St. George's Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Take one of Belfast's famous Black Cab tours.
    Great walks  -  Go for a walk in nearby Musgrave Park.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Set in a lovely Victorian townhouse, Maryville House is a delightful B&B a short way from the centre of Belfast. Featuring classy rooms and an excellent restaurant, it's a great base from which to explore Northern Ireland's capital. See More

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  • Malmaison Belfast Belfast 64 rooms from £104

    Groups  -  The two-bedroom suite with a purple pool table, semi-circular sofa and giant television is a good choice for groups of friends
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the city centre in the heart of the historic Cathedral Quarter
    Restaurant  -  The Chez Mal restaurant has an extensive à la carte menu
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Former warehouse turned stylish boutique in the heart of Belfast. The rooms' design is contemporary and bold with statement wallpaper, large windows, and modern bathrooms. Two-bedroom suites (one with a pool table) are great for friends. With a lively bar and restaurant, this is a hip city pad. See More

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  • The Bullitt Belfast 43 rooms from £120

    City Style  -  The Bullitt enjoys a fantastically central location
    Local exploring  -  Be sure to see all that the city has to offer!
    Sights nearby  -  Head over to Odyssey Arena sport and entertainment complex or visit the historic St Peter's Cathedral
    Great walks  -  Wander aimlessly through the city and get a feel for its atmosphere
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    The Bullitt is situated in the heart of Belfast, the ideal spot for a city break. This designer property features contemporary and quirky interiors with plenty of artwork adorning the walls. Their funky rooms feature king-sized beds and satellite TVs. Breakfast on-the-go offered daily. A great stay. See More

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  • Titanic Hotel Belfast Belfast (Titanic Quarter) 119 rooms from £95

    Historic  -  The hotel is set in the original Harland & Wolff Headquarters where the Titanic and other famed vessels were designed
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located to access many of the city's main attractions by foot
    Restaurant  -  Refined award-winning cuisine is served in The Wolff Grill
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    Set in the converted offices of Harland & Wolff (Titanic's designers) this hotel offers both history and contemporary luxuries. Sleek rooms are fresh and modern with Egyptian cotton sheets and grey hues. A fine dining restaurant is award-winning and the bar serves good cocktails. A chic city base. See More

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  • Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast 146 rooms from £128

    City Style  -  A sleek base that works equally well for romantic weekends away, tourists or business travellers
    Local exploring  -  Fantastic location for seeing the sites; everything of interest is around the corner
    Restaurant  -  With its sleek Japanese-inspired decor & contemporary Irish menu, the restaurant is considered one of the best in the city
    Sights nearby  -  Walk to Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall, Belfast City Hall & St George's Market
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    Chic yet funky boutique-style hotel with fantastic city-centre location. Eclectic decor ranges from contemporary glam rooms to sexy lounge bar & stylish minimalist restaurant. Top suites are sensational & there's a real emphasis on service. The best choice in town for those after affordable luxury. See More

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  • Benedicts Hotel Belfast 32 rooms from £130

    Close to nightlife  -  Enjoy live music on-site until 1am 7 days a week. Shaftsbury Square's many bars make this a popular spot for nights on the town
    Bar  -  Benedicts Bar is the place to be. Enjoy live music or local DJs every night of the week. Bottomless Brunch is very popular
    Value chic  -  Very good option for those who want to be close to the action without spending a fortune
    Short break  -  Great base for exploring all that Belfast has to offer on foot
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    Locally-owned independent hotel close to the very centre of Belfast. An expansive bar & restaurant are the heart of the property; with interiors salvaged from local churches, this popular late-night spot has a dramatic gothic feel. Swanky rooms with fun decor are super comfy. Great-value city hotel. See More

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  • Culloden Estate and Spa Belfast (Holywood) 105 rooms from £135

    Restaurant  -  The Mitre is one Northern Ireland's top eateries.
    Views  -  Fine views over the gardens and Belfast Lough
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
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    Luxury hotel and spa overlooking Belfast Lough. Opulent interiors, great food and five star service. Ideal for a short spoiling break to Northern Ireland if you don't want to be in the heart of Belfast, and great for business travellers. See More

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  • Europa Hotel Belfast 272 rooms from £150

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located just a short walk from the city centre.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the glorious Belfast Botanical Gardens.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A historic hotel located in the heart of the city. Smart rooms are spacious and elegantly styled with soft hues, sink-into beds and contemporary bathrooms. The Causerie Bistro serves exemplary dishes and there's also the Piano Bar for high-teas or prosecco filled evenings. See More

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  • Merchant Hotel Belfast 62 rooms from £350

    Foodies  -  Berts Jazz Bar serves delicious dishes, fine cocktails accompanied by live music
    City Style  -  Historic accommodation in the heart of Belfast
    Spa breaks  -  One of they city's most renowned spas
    Sights nearby  -  UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

    Stunning transformation of a former 19th century bank. Eclectic contemporary rooms evoke a romantic Napoleon III-style Paris - luscious velvets and silks, rich wool carpets, gold and red chintz wallpapers, and statement artwork. Superb bar, spa and gym plus a live jazz bar. Divine. See More

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