Top 6 hotels in Belfast for a weekend break

By Emma Power,

Having just been hailed as a ‘must-see’ destination by National Geographic, there’s never been a better time to enjoy a getaway in Northern Ireland’s fascinating capital city.

The perfect spot for an affordable weekend city break, Belfast boasts top hotels to perfectly match both your budget and your plans, whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway, a chic and boutique gals trip or just a spur-of-the-moment night away.


The Fitzwilliam Belfast

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A five-star boutique hotel situated right in the centre of the city, the Fitzwilliam Belfast is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking to do a little splurging on your weekend away.

Plush guestrooms boast a king-size bed paired with Egyptian cotton sheets and rich fabrics in pinks, greens and aubergines. Upgrading gets you great perks like floor-to-ceiling windows and a sleek Nespresso coffee machine.

Check out the snazzy lounge bar for a delicious cocktail or glass of wine. Think copper-clad lighting, real crystal glasses – everything you need to take your weekend break to Belfast to the next level.


Jurys Inn Belfast

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The location of this top hotel is unparalleled, less than 5 minutes’ walk from Great Victoria Street Station and on the doorstep of the city’s two biggest retail centres, so you can see the best of what Belfast has to offer.

The spacious and stylish rooms feature comfortable Dream beds dressed in crisp white linens and your choice of pillow – perfect for collapsing on after a day exploring the vibrant city centre.

Fuel up for the day at the generous buffet breakfast, serving up hot dishes and a range of cereals, pastries, juices, teas and organic coffee. The hotel also features an all-day Costa Coffee bar so you can always get your caffeine fix.

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Europa Hotel

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Northern Ireland’s biggest hotel, the world-famous Europa Belfast has been frequented by many famous faces over the years, from Victoria Beckham and Sir Bob Geldof to Lionel Richie and Hillary Clinton.

Get the VIP treatment with luxury touches like iPod docks, rainfall showers, Ralph Lauren fabrics and marble bathrooms. Suites overlook Great Victoria Street with a separate living and dining area so you truly stay in style.

The first-floor Piano Bar blends deep mahogany, squashy leather and atmospheric candlelight and is one of the best spots in the city for Afternoon Tea, looking out onto the legendary Crown Bar just across the street.


The Merchant Belfast

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Housed in a former bank and original Grade A listed building, this gorgeous Victorian hotel dates back to 1860 and is located in the heart of Belfast’s up-and-coming Cathedral Quarter.

The art deco-style rooms are furnished with pillow top king-size beds, walk-in showers and Carrara marble walls, while the sumptuous Victorian Suites boast four poster beds, silk curtains and antique furniture.

If you just can’t bring yourself to leave the glamour and glitz of the hotel, then there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your stay. Why not pay a visit to the jazz bar, champagne lounge, spa or rooftop hot tub?


ETAP Belfast

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Looking to explore Belfast on a budget on your weekend break? This modern, pet-friendly hotel is just a five-minute walk from Great Victoria Street train and bus station in the city centre.

The bright, air-conditioned cocoon rooms sleep up to three people and come complete with an ensuite bathroom, free Wi-Fi, multimedia connections and a flatscreen TV.

Make the most of the unlimited continental buffet breakfast and save your well-earned cash for visiting the city’s exciting selection of attractions, bars and restaurants, such as the popular Titanic Museum.


Malmaison Belfast

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This chic boutique hotel was once a 19th century seed warehouse, ideally situated along the narrow, cobbled lanes of the fashionable Cathedral Quarter, just a few minutes away from the Titanic Quarter.

The funky suites feature huge roll top bathtubs, giant king-size beds, walk-in showers and flat screen plasma TVs. Other notable perks include snooker tables, fireplaces, iPod docks and Bose sound systems.

Visit the intimate brasserie and check out the beautiful booths and brushed steel tables. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the upscale bar attracts a cosmopolitan crowd thanks to its tasty cocktails and finger food.