Not so way back, discovering a top quality lodge within the Northern Irish capital required a single cellphone name. In the course of the Troubles and for a while afterwards, The Europa was the one place within the metropolis that supplied something even approaching worldwide ranges of service and luxury.

Not. This fabled previous behemoth continues to be a trusty steed of the Belfast lodging scene. However elegant slumbers abound as of late: from uber-sleek boutique resorts to bijoux household run B&Bs that punch effectively above their weight. Right here’s our decide of the best on either side of the Lagan. 

Finest for film star stylish: The Bullitt

Neighbourhood: Cathedral Quarter

The downstairs foyer of the Bullitt additionally performs host to dwell music and DJs on a weekend (Bullitt)

Named after the 1968 mob crime thriller, a lot of which is about within the fictitious Lodge Daniels, this lodge is a tribute to Steve McQueen (the late film star, not the modern director). And it’s an incredible escape certainly, impressively pulling off retro attraction with out descending into kitsch. Rooms are available in “dinky”, “cozy” and “roomy” sizes, all in modern, monochrome tones and a few with murals of the 1960s Don of Cool himself.

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Rooms from £85

bullitthotel.com

Neighbourhood: Metropolis Centre

Be taught extra about Belfast’s vibrant historical past at Lodge Europa (Lodge Europa)

It as soon as held the doubtful title of being the world’s most bombed lodge through the occasions of the Troubles. However as of late, The Europa is city quietude personified. An immense early 1970s tower block, the dated exterior lacks attraction, however inside all is elegant and demure. Rooms are understated, in soothing tones and darkish woods, whereas the Causerie bistro excels at high-end consolation meals. The great former gin palace, and greatest pub within the metropolis, the Crown Liquor Saloon, lies instantly throughout the road.

Rooms from £81

hastingshotels.com/europa-belfast

Finest for Titanic appetites: Rayanne Home

Neighbourhood: Holywood

For the great Rayanne Home expertise, arrive with an empty abdomen (Rayanne Home)

The Titanic Expertise continues to wow with its forensic element into the development and quick lifespan of the doomed vessel. However to pattern what passengers (or these in top quality at the very least) ate, e book forward for an evening in Conor and Bernie McClelland’s spacious Victorian guesthouse. There’s a gloriously bygone vibe to the communal front room, full with grandfather clock and gargantuan hearth. As soon as a month, Conor recreates your complete nine-course Titanic menu, that includes poached salmon, filet mignon and spiced peaches. 

Rooms from £100

rayannehouse.com

Neighbourhood: Metropolis Centre

Shelter from the chilly within the cosy confines of The Fitzwilliam’s foyer (The Fitzwilliam)

On a cold Belfast night, The Fiztwilliam’s foyer is an interesting prospect certainly, with its amber colored lamps, fake log fireplace, atlas-filled bookcases and comfortable yellow armchairs. Rooms are merely embellished however cozy with DAB radios, vast beds and nice views from the higher flooring over the mild rise of Cave Hill. The lodge equal of slipping your ft into a comfy pair of M&S slippers, The Fitzwilliam is simple, dependable and warming. 

Rooms from £106

fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com

Finest for decadent extra: The Service provider

Neighbourhood: Cathedral Quarter

Social gathering prefer it’s 1925 on the The Service provider (The Service provider)

Seductive, central and straightforward on the attention, you’ll really feel just like the star in your very personal F Scott Fitzgerald quick story at The Service provider. A current extension has rooms that retain the Artwork Deco vibe however with out the OTT extra of the unique rooms. Bert’s Bar within the basement has dwell jazz and there’s even a rooftop sizzling tub – that is the spot the place, splendidly, Bel Air and Belfast converge.

Rooms from £220

themerchanthotel.com

Finest for an evening on the tiles: Benedicts

Neighbourhood: Golden Mile

Discover Belfast’s Golden Mile from Benedicts (Benedicts)

Positioned on what’s referred to as the “Golden Mile” for its raft of pubs, bars and eating places, Benedicts delivers if you happen to’re on the lookout for an enormous evening out. The outside may appear like a bland Florida rental block, but it surely might scarcely be extra particular person inside: stone arches, uncovered bricks, immense columns and salvaged stained glass give this place a cool but ecclesiastical look – what a church presided over by Nick Cave and Tom Waits may appear like. The retractable roof within the beer backyard is a boon if (as is probably going at any time of yr) rain makes an look.

Rooms from £95

benedictshotel.co.uk 

Finest for a glimpse right into a sizzling new ’hood: Ravenhill Guesthouse

Neighbourhood: Queen’s Quarter

Ravenhill Guesthouse is in Belfast’s most up-and-coming neighbourhood (Ravenhill Guesthouse)

The cafés and bars of Ravenhill and Lisburn Highway, simply south of the centre, imply Queen’s Quarter is quick rising as the best ’hood in Belfast. The Chelsea gastropub and the Eakin Gallery increase the bar for boho vibes and nice meals and fashionable, native artwork respectively. Ravenhill, a comfy Victorian B&B, has classic radios in every room, plus immense breakfasts, the place the bread is baked within the kitchen and the eggs come from the close by Mullens Natural Farm the place hens are ate up seaweed. Homeowners Olive and Roger love guests to make use of the lounge, the place tea and shortbread are all the time accessible.

Rooms from £80 

ravenhillhouse.com

Neighbourhood: Castlereagh

Friends can bask in a paddle in La Mon’s mosaic-tiled pool (La Mon)

Seven miles out of the town centre, and with elegant views over gently undulating hills, this contemporary, white washed granite and oak constructing strives for Nordic simplicity, however is a little bit too busy to actually succeed. The bogs are on the small aspect in the usual rooms, although you’ll wish to spend a lot of your time within the vastly spectacular mosaic tiled indoor pool. The in-house Mill Restaurant makes essentially the most of native produce; the rump of Mourne lamb with native Comber potatoes and duck fats fondant is a sometimes lusty, sturdy creation.

Rooms from £99

lamon.co.uk