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17 Best Hotels in Belfast

Written by Lura Seavey
Jul 16, 2020

The best area for tourists to stay in Belfast is the city center, and unlike many other cities, the downtown area has a good mix of hotels for every budget. The city center is home to top attractions like the Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall, both close to the Great Victoria Street Train Station.

The eastern end of the downtown area comprises the waterfront district, home to Waterfront Hall and St. George's Market, as well as the Lanyon Place train station, which provides quick access to the Titanic Quarter's main attractions.

Adjacent to the city center are the Cathedral Quarter and the Queen's Quarter. Named for St. Anne's Cathedral, this area sits on the northern side of the city center and is known for its trendy cafés and numerous performing arts centers.

The Queen's Quarter sits to the south, named after Queen's University, which is home to both the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Gardens. This area is also popular with younger visitors thanks to the lively university culture.

Getting around Belfast is relatively easy. Car rentals tend to be inexpensive, and this can be a good option for those hoping to visit some of the outlying tourist attractions like the Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast Castle, and the Belfast Zoo.

Those who are more focused on visiting Titanic Belfast, most recently made famous for its Game of Thrones studios, will find that the train is an easy and inexpensive way to visit the museum, as well as the nearby HMS Caroline; a train service also runs to the Parliament Buildings at Stormont.

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Best Hotels in Belfast City Center & Cathedral Quarter

1. The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel is a reasonably priced five-star luxury hotel located in Belfast's city center, right next door to the Grand Opera House and the Great Northern Mall, two of the city's most iconic landmark attractions, and close to City Hall.

The Fitzwilliam has an on-site restaurant and coffee shop, as well as fitness center and free Wi-Fi for guests. All guest rooms are non-smoking and feature a laptop safe, mini-fridge, coffee and tea service, desk and seating area, and other standard amenities. Room service is available, and there is complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby.

Accommodation: The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

2. Merchant Hotel

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The Art Deco Merchant Hotel is a five-star lodging located in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, situated between Saint Anne's Cathedral and Waterfront Hall. It's also convenient to City Hall and St. George's Market, and it's only a five-minute taxi ride to the Titanic Belfast and the HMS Caroline.

Room choices include spacious suites, allergy-free rooms, and fireplace suites, and both butler and room service are available. On-site amenities include a fitness center with hot tub and sauna, a restaurant, and a lovely rooftop terrace, and spa services are available.

Accommodation: Merchant Hotel

3. The Flint

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This four-star hotel is modern and chic, featuring kitchenette suites complete with a stove, oven, dishwasher, and microwave, as well as a separate dining and living area. This non-smoking hotel also offers on-site self-service laundry, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary coffee for guests.

The Flint is located in the heart of the Belfast City Center within a two-minute walk of the Grand Opera House. It is also close to several top shopping destinations including the Great Northern Mall, the Spires Mall and Conference Center, and The Octopus's Garden, as well as within just a few minutes' walk to dozens of restaurants and the Waterfront area.

Accommodation: The Flint

4. Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

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The Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is a four-star hotel located close to the Great Victoria Street Train Station, and within a five-minute walk of Ulster Hall and the Grand Opera House. Kids stay and eat free at this non-smoking hotel, and a hot breakfast buffet is included for all guests.

Hotel amenities also include a fitness center, Starbucks coffee bar, and a 24-hour café, as well as an "E-bar" common area that features plenty of outlets, comfortable seating, and family games. Family rooms and suites are available.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

5. Europa Hotel Belfast

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The Europa is an elegant downtown hotel that features excellent views from its well-appointed guest rooms. It is conveniently located close to the Great Victoria Street Station to allow quick access to the Titanic Belfast and the university's Botanic Gardens, and the hotel is within walking distance of downtown tourist attractions like City Hall, Ulster Hall, the Customs House, and other landmarks.

Lodging choices include standard rooms, suites, family rooms, and a bridal suite, all of which are non-smoking and feature amenities like fireplaces, coffee and tea services, laptop safes, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel restaurant offers children's and special diet menus, and there is on-site entertainment in the evenings.

Accommodation: Europa Hotel Belfast

6. Maldron Hotel Belfast City

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Maldron Hotel Belfast City is located in the Belfast city center within a two-minute walk of Ulster Hall, the Grand Opera House, the Great Northern Mall, and Great Victoria Street Station, and only a 10-minute walk to the Cathedral Quarter or St. George's Market and Waterfront Hall.

The spacious guest rooms are updated and well-appointed, with large windows for excellent views; each is equipped with coffee and tea service, and guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, room service, and a business center.

Accommodation: Maldron Hotel Belfast City

7. Grand Central Hotel

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As centrally located as you can get in Belfast, the Grand Central Hotel is situated between the Grand Opera House, Belfast City Hall, and Waterfront Hall, and it is within easy walking distance of dozens of restaurants, as well as shopping at the Great Northern Mall.

This upscale 4-star hotel offers elegant suites with stunning views of the city, each incredibly spacious with comfortable couches in the large living areas. Room amenities include giant soaking tubs and laptop safes, and the hotel offers numerous services including kids' activities, a rooftop café, and butler service.

Accommodation: Grand Central Hotel

8. Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre

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The Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre has bright, modern non-smoking rooms that feature pullout couches for extra sleeping space. The hotel is family-friendly with kids' activities on site, free breakfast, and a 24-hour snack bar, as well as the in-house restaurant.

Wi-Fi is free for guests, and there is a business center with high-speed internet; there is also a fitness center. It is conveniently located right next to the Great Victoria Street Train Station for easy access to the Titanic Quarter attractions, and just steps from the Grand Opera House and the Great Northern Mall.

Accommodation: Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre

9. Premier Inn Belfast City Centre (Alfred Street) Hotel

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This affordable three-star hotel offers impeccably clean non-smoking guest rooms with fresh and updated décor and all the essential amenities, including an electric kettle, private bathrooms with walk-in showers, and desks. Kids stay free here, and the breakfast buffet includes a section especially for kids, making this a great choice for families.

Located in the city center, it is only a 10-minute walk to the waterfront's Lanyon Place train station, providing easy access to the Titanic Belfast and the HMS Caroline.

Accommodation: Premier Inn Belfast City Centre (Alfred Street) Hotel

10. Ibis Belfast City Centre

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The Ibis Belfast City Center is located at the edge of the Cathedral Quarter and the City Center just off College Avenue, a main thoroughfare that provides easy access to the Crumlin Road Gaol and attractions north of the city, including Belfast Castle and Belfast Zoo.

Guests can still reach most of Belfast's top tourist attractions by foot within 15 minutes or less, including the Grand Opera House, the Linen Hall Library, Belfast City Hall, and St. Anne's Cathedral. The hotel offers dependable Ibis service and amenities, including an on-site café, baggage storage, and free Wi-Fi.

Accommodation: Ibis Belfast City Centre

11. Jurys Inn Belfast

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This large, modern hotel is located next to the Grand Opera House in the heart of Belfast's shopping district, just steps from the Great Northern Mall, the Spires Mall and Conference Center, and the Octopus's Garden. It is also within just a few minutes' walk of Great Victoria Street Station, as well as dozens of excellent restaurants.

For those who prefer to dine on-site, there is a good restaurant with special diet menu choices, as well as a coffee shop in the lobby. Hotel amenities include luggage storage, free Wi-Fi, laundry service, and express check-in.

Accommodation: Jurys Inn Belfast

Best Hotels in Belfast's Queens Quarter

1. Tara Lodge

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This lovely boutique hotel sits in a residential neighborhood, offering free parking and breakfast, as well as free Wi-Fi. All the immaculate guest rooms are non-smoking and include laptop safes and a desk among other amenities.

Situated in the Queen's Quarter, the Tara Lodge is one block from dozens of restaurants along Botanic Avenue, and just a few minutes' walk from Crescent Gardens and the Botanic Train Station. The hotel is also close to Queen's University, home to the Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum.

Accommodation: Tara Lodge

2. Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

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This reasonably-priced, non-smoking hotel is located at the edge of the Queen's University campus within just a few minutes' walk to the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Gardens. It is close to the Botanic Train stop, which connects directly to both the Lanyon Place stop in the Waterfront District and the Titanic Quarter stop for access to the Titanic Museum and the HMS Caroline.

Hotel amenities include an on-site restaurant that offers room service, free Wi-Fi, and a breakfast buffet. Those traveling by car can find free public parking close to the hotel. Guest rooms are no-frills but clean, spacious, and well-appointed, equipped with coffee and tea service, a safe, and complimentary toiletries.

Accommodation: Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

3. Harpers Boutique Bed and Breakfast

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Located within a 10-minute stroll of the Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum, Harpers Boutique Bed and Breakfast is in a quiet residential neighborhood in the Queens Quarter of Belfast.

The charming guest rooms are furnished with antiques, and there are fireplace suites available for a romantic getaway; all rooms have been soundproofed for privacy and include complimentary toiletries and coffee/tea service. Breakfast is included, and there is free on-site parking.

Accommodation: Harpers Boutique Bed and Breakfast

Best Historic Luxury Hotels near Belfast

1. Stormont Hotel

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Located east of the bustling city center beyond the Titanic Quarter, this excellent four-star hotel sits close to Stormont Castle, home of Northern Ireland's Parliament. Its location right on the Glider Bus route provides easy access to downtown Belfast and Titanic Belfast. Nearby attractions include the Dundonald International Ice Bowl, the RUC Museum, and Moat Park.

The hotel has an in-house restaurant, La Scala Bistro, as well as a coffee shop and room service. Guests enjoy free parking and Wi-Fi, and there are electric vehicle charging stations for guest convenience. Guest rooms and suites feature laptop safes, desks with iPod docking stations, and complimentary toiletries.

Accommodation: Stormont Hotel

2. Titanic Hotel Belfast

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This historic luxury hotel is the ideal place to stay if you are visiting Belfast for its star attraction, Titanic Belfast. Located opposite the museum, the hotel is housed in the former Drawing Offices of the Harland & Wolff shipbuilding company where the Titanic and other innovative ships were designed.

Guests can enjoy access to the hotel's art and heritage collection, and throughout the hotel there are historic photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia. There is a restaurant on site which provides room service as well, and the hotel offers a full range of amenities and guest services.

Accommodation: Titanic Hotel Belfast

3. Culloden Estate & Spa

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This stunning five-star luxury hotel is housed in the former palace of the Bishops of Down, in an idyllic location in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Belfast Lough, about five miles north of Belfast city center. The Ulster Folk Museum is within a five-minute walk from the estate, and guests can easily reach the Parliament Buildings and the Belfast Titanic by car within 10 minutes.

Guests can easily spend their entire vacation just enjoying the hotel's amenities, including a full-service spa, heated indoor pool, steam room and sauna, hot tub, and a well-equipped fitness center. There is a fine restaurant on-site, and room choices include ocean view, family rooms, and suites.

Accommodation: Culloden Estate & Spa

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