As the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is brimming with beautiful Victorian architecture, dotted with amazing nature and known for the not-so-good history of The Troubles.
But since history is in the past and the country has been doing its best to move forward, there are many good things that this city is now known for.
A wide variety of Belfast accommodation is one of them.
From luxury hotels and resorts to comfortable guesthouses, there’s something for every type of traveller.
So when you plan your visit, you can be sure that finding where to stay in Belfast won’t be a problem.
The following is a guide I’ve prepared to help you find the perfect accommodation.
These are our 10 best choices.
Before we get to the hotels, let’s briefly talk about booking sites. From our own experience, Booking.com is the best. We’ve used them for our travels all over the world. And that’s why they are always our top recommendation.
Booking.com has a huge selection of hotels, resorts and guesthouses. Their prices are also truly unbeatable because in case you find a cheaper price elsewhere for the same accommodation, they’ll refund you the extra amount. Now that’s amazing.
Another reason we like Booking.com so much is their mobile app that allows one to make reservations on the go.
Our second best booking site is Agoda. They also have very many accommodation options for different travel destinations. They are also as cheap as Booking.com, but guess what, sometimes they are even cheaper (thanks to AgodaCash).
So, before you make the final decision to book a hotel, check out both of these sites by clicking on the links I’ve included with each hotel below. Find out which one offers the best deal then book.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dive right in and go through our top 10 best places to stay in Belfast.
Best hotel in Belfast for a city break
Best Belfast hotel next to Grand Opera House
Best budget accommodation in Belfast
Best hotel for a city break in Belfast
The Maldron Hotel is a 4 star hotel located perfectly in the city for access to shops, the Grand Opera house, bars, restaurants and more.
You are also minutes away from other Belfast attractions such as the SSE Arena, Titanic Belfast and the Ulster Hall.
It's also a quick 10 minute drive from Belfast City Airport, making it a great choice for a Belfast City break!
Rooms are super clean, a great size and come with everything you need for a comfortable stay. I suggest you opt for breakfast as it is excellent and offers a lot of variety.
They have an on-site restaurant which is not only great value, but again, offers delicious food, and caters well for vegetarians.
Good WIFI is essential to me because I work on the road, and the WiFi here was excellent. Super fast and no issues.
Staff were extremely pleasant, the entire hotel is spotless and beautiful decorated! It's also right across the street from my favourite cocktail bar, The Perch (a up-market cocktail bar with unique flair), and you're walking distance from great places to eat.
I think this a fantastic valued property, and you won't regret a stay at the Maldron!
Best luxury hotel in Belfast
Located about a 10-minute walk from the city centre, Radisson Blu is one of the luxury hotels in Belfast. This hotel is set on a beautiful compound with a cool garden, outdoor furniture and a picnic area where you can enjoy a nice meal outside. The SSE Arena is situated just over a kilometre away while Belfast Castle is a 15-minutes drive. Being so close to attraction sites easily makes this one of the best places to stay in Belfast.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Featuring an elegant Nordic style, each unit includes a work desk and seating area, a safety deposit box, a TV where you can watch movies and a private bathroom. You’ll get free toiletries, a hairdryer and bathrobes for your convenience. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the property. The restaurant on-site serves a delicious breakfast and different local and international dishes for lunch and dinner.
This is one of the 4-star hotels in Belfast with rooms offering city, river or mountain views. The accommodation here is modern and classy. You can watch TV in your room or browse the internet using free WiFi. Have a drink from the minibar or head to the Cables bar for wines and cocktails. A marble ensuite bathroom is included and 24-hour room service is available. The front desk is open any time of day or night to answer your queries.
For Irish, British or European cuisines, eat at the Sonoma restaurant on-site while enjoying riverside views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s a fitness centre and paid private parking as well. For your convenience, book trips through the concierge and tour Belfast with its amazing attractions. Some of the close places to visit include The Odyssey Arena about 15-minutes walk away, Belfast Cathedral and The Waterfront Hall convention centre.
This historic hotel standing right opposite the Titanic museum is one of the top hotels in Belfast. They offer great accommodation to suit couples and solo travellers. Families can also comfortably stay here and get babysitting/child services if they have kids. One of the common activities here is walking tours. You can easily plan your trips through the tour desk. The staff are very friendly and always looking to make your stay the most memorable.
There’s private parking available at a location nearby. This 4-star accommodation features rooms with beautiful art deco, flat-screen TV, a seating area and tea/coffee making facilities. Each en-suite bathroom comes with luxury bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Get room service whenever you like. You can enjoy tasty local cuisine at the restaurant on-site and access free WiFi for your convenience. Other amenities include meeting and banquet facilities.
Best mid-range Belfast hotel
Among Belfast city hotels, Jurys Inn offers one of the best accommodation. Featuring spacious rooms with modern interior decor, the hotel has super comfy beds with crisp white linens and a flat-screen TV so you can watch your favourite shows. Each unit also has a seating area, a large workspace and a private bathroom with fresh towels and spa toiletries. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the property.
Laundry, dry cleaning and ironing services are available at an additional cost. Every morning, a hearty breakfast buffet is served at The Kitchen. A wide selection of beverages is available. There’s also an international dinner menu. For lunch, snacks and drinks, head over to the bar. Jury Inn is in perhaps the best area to stay in Belfast, located right next to Belfast’s Opera House and City Hall and just a few minutes walk to Donegall Place, Victoria Square and Castlecourt.
Looking for a Belfast guest house? The Gregory is one of the best in the area. Located just off Lisburn road, you’ll be close to a number of restaurants and cafes. They have comfortable rooms here featuring a wardrobe and a seating area where you can relax at the end of a day of touring and exploring the city. There’s also a flat-screen TV in each room for your entertainment. Tea/ coffee making facilities are provided.
This is one of the best hotels in Belfast with parking that’s free. And guests can access free WiFi everywhere on the property. Delight your tastebuds with the delicious full Irish breakfast every morning. Then head out to Ulster Museum which is just a few minutes walk away. Later on, if it’s nice and sunny outside, you can relax at the beautiful Belfast Botanic Gardens or take a stroll and admire the lovely flowers.
Elegant accommodation is provided at Ramada by Wyndham. Featuring beautifully decorated rooms with a flat-screen TV, seating area and tea/coffee making facilities, this is what you’d consider as one of the best hotels in Belfast centre. En-suite bathrooms have a power shower and free toiletries. There’s a 24-hour reception desk so you can make inquiries any time. The staff at Ramada are super polite and attentive and will make your stay here very enjoyable.
To keep in touch with friends back home, guests can make use of the free WiFi access. Ramada also offers facilities for disabled guests. This hotel in Belfast even serves delicious meals at SQ Bar & Grill. The restaurant on-site also serves brunch, lunch and dinner, not forgetting the traditional high tea. At an additional cost, guests can enjoy happy hour. You can also opt for informal dining at The Hub Bar and Lounge.
Situated on Lisburn road with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops, Cordia serviced apartments are like a home away from home. So, if hotels in Belfast city are not your idea of a homely accommodation, then this is perhaps one of the best alternatives. The apartments are spacious and feature a fully equipped kitchen including a microwave, cooker and utensils. The dining area is right next to the kitchen.
There’s a lounge with an LCD TV and the bedrooms have nice comfortable beds. This property offers stunning views over the Black Mountains and some apartments have a balcony where you can relax and enjoy some fresh air. Free secure parking is provided and free WiFi is accessible throughout the area. Pets are allowed on the property though some charges may be applicable. For cleaning services like laundry, dry cleaning and ironing, just talk to the staff at the 24-hour reception.
Best budget accommodation in Belfast
Comfortable and spacious rooms in Belfast are provided at this 3-star inn located not too far from the city centre. It’s close to a number of restaurants, shops and nightlife. Featuring a shared kitchen, guests can prepare there own meals. Tea and coffee are available in plenty. The rooms offer a seating area, ironing facilities and a flat-screen TV with children’s television network. Spacious bathrooms include a shower.
OYO Parador Lodge is great for all types of travellers on a budget, from solo travellers, to families and couples. Some fun activities available at the property include evening entertainment which may feature live performances, happy hour and classes about the local culture. Offsite, guests can enjoy walking as well as cycling tours of popular Belfast attractions. Some of the interesting places to visit include SSE Arena, 2.4 km away and Ulster Museum 1.4 km away.
Featuring rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs, WiFi access and tea/coffee making facilities, this cheap accommodation in Belfast offers great value for money. Each room is air-conditioned and also has a desk. En suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer and either a bath or a shower. For your convenience, the hotel offers laundry and dry cleaning services at an additional charge. The 24-hour front desk ensures your queries are handled on time. And with the friendly and efficient staff, you can be sure of a comfortable stay.
Being in such a central location is an added advantage. So even though there are not as many onsite fun activities like the luxury hotels in Belfast city with a pool, guests can still easily tour popular attractions. For example, The Grand Opera House, Titanic Belfast, SSE Arena and Ulster Museum. All these are within a 10-minutes walk from the property.
As the years go by, Belfast is becoming more and more popular for tourism. I guess this is expected, seeing that there are many places to visit and things to do. From touring the Victorian landmarks to enjoying the beautiful nature, Belfast will keep you well occupied during your visit. Here are a few suggestions to start you off:
This is not even a quarter of the places you can visit while in Belfast. For the ultimate guide check out our post on things to do in Belfast.
With that, I truly hope you get to enjoy as much of Belfast as you possibly can when you visit. And you know that one way to make that happen is finding the ideal place to stay so you can have a good rest and be close enough to the different attractions. You can definitely get the perfect accommodation in terms of location, amenities and even price. Just go through our guide again when you’re all ready to begin your travels. I trust you’ll find something to suit you.