Best hotels to stay in while visiting Belfast
Belfast offers visitors some stunning attractions, but in some cases, you do not even have to leave your hotel to bask in the delights of the city. The city offers tourists some of the best luxury hotels and boutique hotels in Northern Ireland. If you are thinking about travelling to the city, here are some great establishments you may want to consider booking.
Ten Square Hotel
You would be hard pressed to guess that the Ten Square Hotel used to be a linen mill. The contemporary style hotel has maintained the wooden architecture the area is known for while offering modern comforts. Plus, the hotel sits directly behind City Hall which essentially makes it the ideal place to base any visit to the city. It also boasts a restaurant and bar that is extremely popular and visited frequently by many local residents as well as the hotel’s guests. It is also just around the corner from the wonderful restaurant Coco that is perfect for lunch, pre-theatre or fine dining occasions.
The Tara Lodge is a smaller hotel that is located near the University Quarter and is only five minutes from the Ulster Museum. Tara Lodge offers plenty of affordable rooms that are all equipped with modern amenities and plenty of Irish charm. The Tara offers off street parking, which can be quite difficult to find in Belfast, and there are some great breakfast options. It should be noted that it is also away from the noisy areas of the university quarter, but close enough to make visiting easy whenever you want.
During the Troubles, the Europa hotel was one of the most bombed structures in the city. Therefore, you might not think of it as a world-class building, but it has been totally reborn. It’s brilliantly refurbished, and the grandeur of the structure prevails. All of the rooms in the Europa are elegant and very tasteful, and the hotel offers both pub-style and high-end dining options to guests. Its location also makes it a great base for exploring both the downtown area and many of the unique pockets of the city.
The Merchant Hotel
Situated pleasantly in the Cathedral Quarter, The Merchant is a Victorian style hotel that also has a bit of 70’s gloss mixed into the décor style. This creates an amazing blend of aesthetics that can only be found in Belfast. The hotel lobbies are grand and high-ceilinged, and the ornate woodwork is not to be missed. The Merchant is only 10 minutes away from the city centre and sits in the trendiest, up-and-coming area of Belfast.