If you’re in search of the best hotels in Belfast, you’ve landed in the right place.
There are an almost endless number of hotels in Belfast City Centre, ranging from 5 star luxury and boutique hotels to cheap places to rest your head.
From the gorgeous Merchant Hotel and the stunning Fitzwilliam Hotel to the Bullitt, the Europa and much, much more, there’s a place to stay to tickle every fancy.
What we think are the best hotels in Belfast
The first section of this guide is packed with our favourite Belfast hotels – these are places that one or more of the Irish Road Trip Team have stayed in and that have raved about.
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1. Jury’s Inn Belfast
Spacious modern rooms have comfy beds, work desks, Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. There’s a restaurant onsite for breakfast and dinner plus a bar serving drinks, snacks and light meals.
However, the surrounding area is crammed with bars, cafés and eateries so you’ll have plenty of choice. This popular hotel is less than 5km from the City Airport. If you’re driving, public parking (discount for hotel guests) is available nearby.
2. Hampton by Hilton
For three star comfort, it’s hard to beat the Hampton by Hilton Hotel on Hope Street. It’s a short stroll from the main shops, restaurants, bars and sights in the city centre.
A big advantage is the well-equipped fitness centre and onsite business centre. Modern rooms have luxury Hampton beds, flatscreen TV, coffee maker and Wi-Fi.
Prices include a continental breakfast but you can get snacks, hot and cold drinks and essentials 24/7 from the snack hub. The Hampton is in a popular area of the city and has excellent reviews.
This is one of the best hotels in Belfast going off reviews (8.7/10 from 6,873 reviews on Booking.com at the time of typing).
3. Europa Hotel
Occupying a landmark building, the Europa Hotel is in the centre of Belfast on the Golden Mile. It’s super handy for the railway station right next door.
Guest services include a helpful concierge. Rooms are stylish and luxuriously appointed with an armchair, desk and WiFi. Bedding includes designer fabrics by Ralph Lauren which raises the tone.
You’ll want to visit the Piano Bar (one of our favourite cocktail bars in Belfast) and a bird’s eye view of what’s happening on Great Victoria Street.
If you’re looking for comfy Belfast hotels with a whole lot of history and reasonably priced rooms, check this place out.
4. Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter
Occupying a beautiful building in the heart of Belfast’s Queen’s Quarter, the Ibis hotel offers contemporary rooms within easy reach of Queens University and the city centre.
There is parking onsite and excellent local bus and rail links nearby. Ensuite rooms include WiFi, satellite TV and modern furnishings and represent great value.
The Lobby offers drinks and snacks 24/7 and there’s a restaurant for a tasty meal. The location is popular with couples and is close to the Botanic Gardens and River Lagan.
Although there aren’t really any cheap hotels in Belfast City Centre, this no-fuss hotel is reasonable (from €127 p/n for a Friday in Septmber) and the reviews are excellent (8.5/10 from 1,434 reviews on Booking.com at the time of typing).
5. Crowne Plaza
The upscale Crowne Plaza offers 4-star accommodation on the outskirts of Belfast within the Lagan Valley Regional Park. It has pleasant walks and cycle paths in green surroundings nearby.
Air-conditioned rooms include aromatherapy kits to ensure a great night’s sleep. Indulge in a full-on tasty Irish breakfast in the restaurant to start the day.
The River Bar offers snacks and meals too. The hotel has many benefits including free parking, a health club, gym, sauna and a play room for young guests.
The hotel is a 15-minute drive into the heart of the city and it’s one of the best hotels in Belfast with a swimming pool.
5 star hotels in Belfast
The second section of our guide is packed with the fancier Belfast hotels on offer, with a mix of boutique and 4 star spots (see our guide to the best 5 star hotels in Belfast for more).
Below, you’ll find everywhere from well-know spots, like the Fitzwilliam Hotel, to some lesser-known gems that pack a punch.
1. The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Tastefully decorated and stylishly appointed, the Fitzwilliam is arguably the best known of the luxury Belfast hotels, and for good reason.
It offers comfortable designer rooms with modern artworks, sofa seating and Egyptian bed linen. If you judge a hotel by the extras, it has fluffy robes and designer toiletries too. Rooms are air-conditioned and include a mini bar, flatscreen TV and WiFi.
The contemporary bar serves cocktails and champagne in crystal glasses and has over 700 spirits. There’s a creative menu and fine wine list in the restaurant. Next to the train station, the Fitzwilliam is a short walk (0.6 miles) from city centre shops and the Cathedral Quarter.
2. The Culloden Estate and Spa
If you’re in search of luxury hotels in Belfast with a swimming pool, look no further than the incredible Culloden Estate and Spa.
This luxury 5 star hotel is in a stunning location yet just 10 minutes’ drive from the city and 5 minutes from the airport. Rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques, paintings and chandeliers.
Make use of the free parking and enjoy exploring the 12-acre gardens and woodland. The spa has a swimming pool, dance studio, hot tub, beauty treatments and massages to ensure you are fully relaxed during your stay.
Vespers Restaurant has fine dining including authentic Irish cuisine. This is also one of a handful of hotels doing afternoon tea in Belfast.
3. The Merchant Hotel
Located in one of Belfast’s finest Grade I listed buildings, the Merchant Hotel has a classic Art Deco interior. This historic hotel was previously awarded Best UK Hotel in the International Hotel Awards so it’s pretty special.
Rooms are fabulously appointed with original artworks, blackout blinds and marble bathrooms. The Great Room Restaurant is a must for afternoon tea with a huge domed ceiling, glittering chandelier and gilded decor.
The hotel boasts a choice of bars including Bert’s Jazz bar with live music nightly. It’s also one of a handful of hotels in Belfast with a spa, sauna and rooftop hydrotherapy room.
Belfast hotels at the heart of the action
If you’re in search of the best Belfast hotels that are nice and central, the next section of our guide will be right up your street.
Below, you’ll find a mix of places to stay in the city that are a stone’s throw from many of the best things to do in Belfast.
1. Holiday Inn Belfast
Well located for visiting Belfast city centre shops and attractions, the Holiday Inn offers some impressive extras. It has 24-hour room service and a Starbucks coffee station for kick-starting your day.
Enjoy a workout in the fitness room before heading to the cafe to pick up take-away food and drinks. There’s also a bar and media lounge with games, magazines and TV.
Bedrooms include pocket-sprung mattresses, a safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Upgrade to Executive Level for a fridge with complimentary soft drinks, Espresso coffee maker, bathrobe and slippers.
Also, if you’re looking for hotels in Belfast with parking on-site (several hotels don’t offer this), this place is a good shout!
2. House Belfast
Offering a warm welcome, House Belfast Hotel is known for its exceptional service and top reviews by past guests.
Rooms are comfortably furnished with plush headboards, cushions and drapes. Each room includes a Nespresso coffee machine, branded toiletries, WiFi and a complimentary bottle of water.
This well-located boutique hotel is in the heart of Queens Quarter, just 300m from the city centre and a short walk from the waterfront. It’s also one of the few places that still does bottomless brunch in Belfast.
3. The Flint
For a luxury stay in central Belfast, The Flint four star hotel is hard to beat. Air-conditioned rooms are fitted out as studios and include a kitchenette with dishwasher, oven, tea and coffee facilities and a sofa sitting area.
It’s a big plus for those staying longer or wanting more space. Facilities include a lift, parking and 24 hour front desk and some rooms have city views.
Located on Howard Street, The Flint is 350m from City Hall and a short walk from many of the best pubs in Belfast.
4. Bullitt Hotel
For luxury with a more contemporary vibe, the Bullitt Hotel has spacious rooms with king-size beds, satellite TV and minibar.
Family rooms are available along with budget-busting dinky, comfy deluxe or extra-roomy superior choices. Many have views of Belfast city. Visitors will appreciate the Tour Desk, bicycle hire and garden for relaxing.
The hotel has its own restaurant, cafe (great cooked breakfasts served daily) and three bars for top entertainment. You’ll also get some of the best brunch in Belfast here!
5. Ten Square Hotel
Ten Square Hotel is a landmark building on Donegal Square overlooking historic City Hall and convenient for most sights. Elegant rooms and suites provide a restful place to call home.
Enjoy a fully cooked buffet breakfast in the restaurant or a delicious meal in Josper’s Steakhouse. The 7th floor Loft Bar is the place to sip cocktails with a view.
Contemporary rooms include extra-large beds, flatscreen TV with streaming service, WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities. All rooms are accessed by lift and include a safe, air-conditioning and a desk. There’s public parking nearby.
What Belfast hotels have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left our some brilliant Belfast hotels from the guide above.
If you know of any hotels in Belfast City Centre that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below! Cheers!
FAQs about the best hotels Belfast City has to offer
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best cheap hotels in Belfast City Centre to which hotels in Belfast have parking.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best hotels in Belfast City Centre?
In our opinion, the best Belfast hotels are Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter, Europa Hotel, Hampton by Hilton and Jury’s Inn Belfast.
What are the best cheap hotels in Belfast City Centre?
This question comes up a lot, and the answer is – it depends. What one person regards as cheap, the other may see as pricey. Visit Booking.com, pop in ‘Belfast’ and filter by price.
What are the best spa hotels in Belfast?
Few spa hotels in Belfast can go toe-to-toe with the brilliant Culloden Estate. This is a very swanky spot for a special occasion.
What are the best hotels in Belfast with a swimming pool?
Culloden Estate and the Crowne Plaza are too good options if you’re searching for Belfast hotels with a pool.
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.